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Concerts in the Park will be returning this year in Sutton Park and will be held on Saturday the 29-30 June.
The summer event is split over two days with the Saturday being an open air concert and the Sunday being the family day. Patrons are invited to bring their own chairs, blankets and picnics, with outside food and drinks permitted to be brought in.
Tickets for the Saturday event are £25 for adults and £15 for children and those on benefits, with the gates open from 3.30pm and the first act on stage at 4pm.
On Saturday 29 June the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is headlining, supported by international act Jive Aces and local Sutton Coldfield musician Ben Drummond.
The world class City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) will be performing a programme of popular classics, music from the movies and Prom favourites.
Jive Aces are renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, their viral video “Bring Me Sunshine” and for being the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”. The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band. Described by critics as one of the most entertaining and multi-talented acts around, their charismatic performance promises to get the audience up and dancing in the early evening.
Award winning singer/songwriter and guitarist Ben is from Boldmere and is well known locally for his residency at the Station and hosting monthly acoustic nights at The Jam House. Ben has supported major artists including Eric Clapton, John Mayer, The Eagles, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Andrea Bocelli. His set will be a mix of his own material and classics songs ranging from The Police, Jack Johnson, Chris Isaak, Jason Mraz, Stevie Wonder to The Beatles.
Tickets for the Sunday 30 June concert are £20 for a family ticket, £8 for adults, £4 for children and those on benefits. Gates will open at 11am.
The overall theme for the Sunday concert is Alice in Wonderland and the main stage programme includes a 10-piece mini-orchestra from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performing a range of tunes designed to appeal to the youngest audience members. The mini-orchestra has been highly popular in previous years and organisers are pleased to welcome them back to Sutton Park.
Performing for the first time at Concerts in the Park, local children’s opera company B’Opera are performing a new work entitled “Alice and the Library Tree”. Commissioned by FOLIO Sutton Coldfield, the work will combine storytelling and music as performers explore the wonder of libraries and how they inspire curiosity. The performance will be a fantastic addition to the family day.
Also performing at the event for the first time Let’s All Dance ballet will provide stunning dancing, much loved characters and super costumes as Lewis Carroll’s famous tale comes to life in this magical ballet production for girls and boys. The audience is invited to join Alice as she enters the curiouser and curiouser world of the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter.
A series of community choirs will complete the programme and there will be a range of activities on the outskirts of the stage to keep everyone entertained throughout the day.
This year tickets are available online via the Town Council website at suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk/concerts
Concerts in the Park is supported by the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust and sponsored by Cookes Furniture, Punter Southall Financial Management and IM Properties.
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