Tickets for Concert in the Park will be Available on the Night

If you don’t have your tickets for this weekend’s Concert in the Park organisers have announced that it will be possible to purchase them on the day from an onsite box office.

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On Saturday 1st July the CBSO, Classic FM’s Orchestra in the Midlands, 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.

The CBSO will take to the stage with a repertoire that will take the audience through scores from Harry Potter, Star Wars and the Nutcracker, through popular opera arias and a number of classical favourites.

Based in the Boldmere area of the park, gates open from 3pm 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.

The concert has been organised and heavily subsidised by Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council with the commitment of £100,000 being criticised by some residents as an inappropriate use of the precept while others have supported the event seeing it as an opportunity to bring more visitors and investment to the town.

Commenting on the groups and businesses that have come together for the event councillor Simon Ward (Con. Four Oaks) 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.”

Councillor Paul Long (Ind. Vesey), who has been critical of the use of such a large chunk of the precept for the event said:

“It’s going to be a fantastic weekend and my own family have bought tickets. However it comes at a massive cost to Sutton precept payers of whom only a tiny minority will benefit. There is a tendency for the ruling group on the council to promote vanity projects rather than delivering on the basics. The fact that the concert has not sold out proves it’s not what most residents wanted.

“Last weekend’s Boldmere Music Festival received a grant of £4k from the town council and attracted several thousands of visitors. I think the events budget would be better spent supporting grass roots events around the town and reinstating the annual carnival including a street parade.”

A free Beasts and Bugs family fun day will take place on Sunday 2 July 11am – 3pm (gates open 10.30am) featuring special family performances by a 10 piece mini-orchestra made up of CBSO musicians, alongside craft activities and live music from Sutton Coldfield Choirs. Sutton Park Rangers will lead site tours and activities and visitors should be on the lookout for some fantastical street theatre including The Flying Fox Bats by Circo Rum Ba Ba Stilts and Praying Mantas by Artemis.

Tickets cost £10 (£5 concessions) for the Saturday, 1st July. Entrance to the Family Fun Day on Sunday, 2nd July is free but ticketed.

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