Local businesses and community groups come together for Concerts in the Park
Local businesses and a range of groups have come together to deliver events, activities and catering as part of Royal Sutton Coldfield’s Concerts in the Park.
The free Beasts and Bugs family fun day on 2 July in Sutton Park will feature special family performances by a 10 piece mini-orchestra made up of CBSO musicians alongside craft activities from the Sutton based Creation Station and live music from Sutton Coldfield Choirs including Sutton Coldfield Community Choir, Sutton Coldfield Tuneless Choir and SC Choirs which is made up of four choirs with singers aged 6 to 90years. For Concerts in the Park SC Choirs will bring a mix of their Cluster Choir (ages 9-13) and Youth Voices (13-18), called Cluster Voices for their joint performance.
Building on the Beasts and Bugs theme, residents of Sutton Park including the Sutton Park Rangers, The Donkey Sanctuary and Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham Beekeepers Association will lead activities exploring the history of the park; bring along some donkeys and information about the charitable work undertaken on behalf of Donkey’s world-wide; and display an observation hive, a colony of live bees.
Visitors should also look out for some fantastical beasts with street theatre including The Flying Fox Bats by Circo Rum Ba Ba Stilts and Praying Mantas by Artemis.
Across the weekend a range of outstanding locally based food vendors such as Baked in Brick will be providing the on-site catering alongside a range of licensed bars, including a processco pop up and and Sutton’s own fire engine bar, The Tipple Truck. For ice creams, coffee and pimms, Sutton based Cart and Carriage will also be in attendance.
Concerts in the Park attendees also have the option of Gourmet Hampers available for pre-order from The Deli in Boldmere.
Councillor Simon Ward, Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council said:
“It is only right that we support our local businesses and cultural organisations in delivering Concerts in the Park. As well as welcoming the world-class CBSO to Sutton Coldfield we want to demonstrate to residents, and visitors, that Royal Sutton Coldfield is world-class both in business and cultural terms. We hope the event proves to be a real boost for trade and profile for those who are taking part.”
Richard Jeffries, Artistic Director SC Choirs said:
“Our fantastic Cluster Choir and Youth Voices are working hard to prepare for Concerts in the Park. To play to what will be a large local crowd alongside world-class organisations, such as the CBSO, will be a great opportunity for all our singers. Our performance also incorporates the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir from San Francisco, who we are hosting. Our mission is to share our love of music inspire more young people to come and join us!”
Lee DeSanges from Baked in Brick, the best Street Food trader in the UK said:
“I am delighted to be serving my award-winning street food from my custom built wood-fire oven in the back of my classic mini in my home town of Sutton Coldfield. I look forward to cooking locally, bringing my own style of street food and getting the instant feedback from the Concerts in the Park audience.”
On Saturday 1 July the CBSO will perform a repertoire of popular classics and epic film scores in the heart of Sutton Park, conducted by CBSO Associate Conductor Michael Seal and with guest soloist Noah Stewart. Gates open from 4pm and the performances begin at 5pm with 60s tribute singer Tony Skeggs, with numbers by the Beatles amongst others. The WestEnders will perform an exciting programme of favourites from the magical shows of the West End such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. The CBSO will perform from 7pm.
Gates open from10.30am for the free Beasts and Bugs family fun day on Sunday 2 July, with performances starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm.
Tickets cost just £10 (£5 concessions) for the Saturday, 1st July. Entrance to the Family Fun Day on Sunday, 2nd July is FREE, however to guarantee entry we recommend you book tickets in advance.
Tickets can be purchased in person or on the phone during box office hours, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm on 0121 296 9543 or online at www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk
Further information on parking and food and drink can be found alongside the ticket information here: www.suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk