Final details of the programme for the Sunday Family Woodland Concert in the Park have been released ahead of the sold-out free event on Sunday 1 July.
Organisers Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council have planned a full day’s programme, with gates opening at 10.30am and performances starting at 11am and finishing at 6pm.
The programme includes professional performances from a 10-piece mini-orchestra from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra playing music specially designed to appeal to the youngest audience members. Both performances will be presented by Catherine Arlidge, who will take the audience on an exciting musical journey of Dance, Woodland and Jungle music – families should get ready to shout, clap, sing and make a big, big noise!
Ex Cathedra’s SingMaker team specialises in singing events for children. The team has travelled across the UK, and also to Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Uganda and China to bring their dynamic repertoire to children of all ages and will be on the main stage for performances in the morning and afternoon.
A highlight of the day for many will be performances by local choirs. Several choirs are returning to Concerts in the Park after successful appearances last year. Magic Voices, Tuneless Choir, Falcon Lodge Choir, Sutton Coldfield Community Choir, Good Company Singers, Sutton Coldfield Choirs and Sutton Rock Choir all feature on the main stage this year.
Access Creative College presents ‘Harmonious Generations’ written and performed by Pøgman featuring Rock Choir. ‘Harmonious Generations’ was written with and for the people of Sutton Coldfield to capture the sounds of Sutton. Pøgman has worked closely with staff and pupils from Whitehouse Common Primary School in Vesey, the Sutton Rock Choir in Newhall, residents and staff at Greville House Retirement Home in Four Oaks and the Shaggy Dog Seniors from Boldmere Golf Club in Vesey creating a special piece of music for Sutton Coldfield as part of for-Wards project. for-Wards is a Citywide wide project engaging with 40 community groups from the 40 wards of Birmingham to create 10 pieces of music. Access Creative College and for-Wards hope you enjoy the sounds of Sutton in ‘Harmonious Generations’.
This year will also see an expansion into the woodland area of the Boldmere Recreation Field site. The Woodland will host a Silent Disco and a new acoustic tent, in partnership with the Sutton Arts Forum. Newly commissioned spoken words about the Park will be performed by Mouthpieces performers along with Sutton Coldfield born Harry Daniels and Christi Reeves. Performers from Falcon Lodge community music project ‘Live in the Lodge’ will provide performances from their ukulele group, guitar groups and spoken word/rap artists for more intimate performances away from the main-stage. Students at Boldmere Infants School will perform their own rhythmic poetry written and inspired by the ‘Boldmere Bear’.
Interspersed between those performances, storyteller Gavin Young will tell entertain children and adults with his tales of the Woodland. The day will also see Woodland themed characters roam the Boldmere Recreation Field. A wide range of street food will be available all day, including local traders Baked In Brick, Wild Berry Kitchen and the Deli in Boldmere.
Leader of the Town Council, Simon Ward commented:
“Tickets for the Sunday were snapped up very quickly, and I’m excited to announce the full programme. We are very pleased to include so many local choirs and performers alongside the CBSO and Ex Cathedra in what promises to be a really lively family day out. We are grateful for the generous support of Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust in organising this event.”
The full programme has also been confirmed for Saturday 30 June, with the world-class City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) taking to the stage at 7pm. Tickets are still available to purchase for Saturday 30 June via Sutton Coldfield Town Hall either online www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk or via the Box Office which is open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm on 0121 296 9543 at a cost of £20 for adults and £10 for children and concessions (plus box office fee). Under 3’s go free.
Concerts in the Park is supported by Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust, Punter Southall Financial Management, Sutton Coldfield College, and Royal Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce.