· TVs Josie d’Arby confirmed as Concerts in the Park host for the evening of Saturday 30 June.
· BBC WM presenter Daz Hale to host the main stage on Sunday 1 July.
· The Swing Era confirmed to perform accompanying Down for the Count’s Vintage Swing Orchestra on Saturday.
· Tickets still available for Saturday 30 June.
TVs Josie d’Arby will host the evenings events at Concerts in the Park on Saturday 30 June. Sundays main stage will be hosted by BBCWM favourite Daz Hale. Whilst the Sunday family day has sold out, tickets are still available for Saturday 30 June and cost £20 for adults and £10 for children and those on benefits (plus box office fee).
Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council are also delighted to confirm that The Swing Era, the Birmingham based dance school specialising in vintage lindy hop and authentic swing dance, will perform to Down for the Count’s Vintage Swing Orchestra on Saturday 30 June, encouraging the audience to get on their feet and dance along!
Best known for Songs of Praise, co-host of BBC Young Musician, BBC Choir of the Year (alongside Gareth Malone) and BBC Proms in the Park, Josie d’Arby said: “After last year’s successful first event, I’m delighted to be invited to compere the second ever Concert in the Park on Saturday 30 June. The CBSO programme looks fantastic, with some of my personal favourites among the pieces, and I can’t wait to hear the Strictly’s Lance Ellington sing with the Orchestra.
“This outside concert in the beautiful setting of Sutton Park, promises to be a joyful event that will bring communities and families together under the stars to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the wonderful gift of beautiful music.”
BBC WM presenter Daz Hale has done everything from postman to lead vocalist in a band called The Moneygods, who supported the likes of Radiohead, to presenting everything from sport to music specials on BBC WM. Looking ahead to the Family Day on Sunday 1 July Daz Hale said: “I’m thrilled to be invited to present the Family Woodland Concert in the Park on Sunday 1 July. Sutton Park is a great place for a community celebration, and the combination of the CBSO, community choirs, story-telling and crafts means it should be a fantastic day for everyone. I’m looking forward to a fun day out in the park and I know my children can’t wait to come along and check it all out for themselves!”
Leader of Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council Councillor Simon Ward said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm the hosts for Concerts in The Park. Josie and Daz will really add to what will be an outstanding weekend from the talent on the stage to the experience off stage, for example, hot on the heels of the hugely successful Food Festival in Sutton, we will be welcoming a huge variety of local providers throughout the event”
Gates open at 1.30pm on Saturday 30 June with audiences able to enjoy quality craft food and drink stalls including deli treats, award winning pizza and artisan crepes and ice cream along-side a range of boutique local craft beer and prosecco bars in the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Park. This year there is the option of listen to the concerts under the canopy of the adjacent woodland and sip drinks at the botanical tent hosted by Simpsons Gin Bar whilst being entertained with cocktail demonstrations.
On Sunday 1 July Gates will open at 10.30am with performances starting at 11am and finishing at 6pm so please plan to stay for the day! As well as the CBSO Family Concert expect performances throughout the day on the main stage from local choirs and Ex Cathedra. In the adjacent woodland area, the acoustic tent will see storytelling by Gavin Young, Poetry by Sutton Arts Forum and Acoustic performances by local singers and musicians
Tickets are still available to purchase via Sutton Coldfield Town Hall for Saturday 30 June either online http://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.