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Sell-Out Crowd Treated To Two Days Of Fabulous Music
Thousands of music lovers flocked to Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield for two days of fabulous open-air concerts. The first ever Concerts in the Park event was held over the weekend of Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July, with some 10,000 people attracted over the two days to bask in the splendid sunshine. The sell-out audience was treated to a superb display by the world famous City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra which headed the weekend of music and family fun that also included local choirs among the other performers providing the entertainment.

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Thousands flock to Sutton Park for open air concerts. Credit Aaron Scott Richards


On Saturday 1 July a crowd of 5,000 people gathered from 3pm to enjoy an afternoon and evening of outstanding music. The crowd was warmed up during the early part of the day by performers ranging from Tony Skeggs to The WestEnders before the magnificent CBSO, conducted by Birmingham's own Michael Seal, took over in the evening to carry audiences through popular scores from Harry Potter, Star Wars and the Nutcracker through to popular opera arias and a number of classical favourites. Their renditions of Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem had concert goers on their feet in scenes reminiscent of the famous 'Last Night of the Proms', while an impromptu 'Can Can' saw many members of the audiences get up on their feet to dance. The evening also welcomed well-known author and journalist John Suchet - the voice of Classic FM - as the host, while guest tenor Noah Stewart delighted crowds with an outstanding series of arias.

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The world renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in action. Credit Aaron Scott Richards


A further 5,000 people also arrived in Sutton Park on Sunday 2 July for the second day of entertainment which went under the title of Concerts in the Park Beasts and Bugs family fun day. From Flying Bats to Praying Mantas through to donkeys and bees, Sutton Park came alive for audiences young and old. The CBSO led the performances with their 10-piece mini-orchestra as well as local groups from three Sutton Coldfield Choirs along with a visiting choir from San Francisco entertaining the crowd.
The weekend was also an opportunity for locally based organisations to showcase their offerings from the award-winning Baked in Brick to Sutton's own fire engine bar, The Tipple Truck, and gourmet hamper provider The Deli in Boldmere.

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The audience revelled in the sunny weather. Credit Aaron Scott Richards


Councillor Simon Ward from Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council said: "What a weekend! What an amazing turn out and what an amazing series of performances. We've enjoyed world-class music, food and fun right here in our town, in the magnificent Sutton Park. Thank you to all the wonderful musicians and performers and, of course, to the 10,000 guests who joined us for what I am sure we can all agree was a most memorable weekend. This was the first time we have staged such an event and we are hugely grateful to the people of our Royal Town for their support. We will, of course, be looking at the event in greater details as we plan for next year but at this stage, I would just say how pleased we are with the level of local attendance. I am also delighted that the event was without any incident – a testament to the crowd; the organisation and the great community spirit."

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A sell-out crowd of 5,000 attended each day. Credit Aaron Scott Richards


Concerts in the Park was organised by Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, information about the event can be found at www.suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk
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Why? Two Days Of Fabulous Open-Air Music
When: 1 and 2 July 2017
Phone: 0121 296 9543
Where: Sutton Park, Park Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6BT
Cost: £10 and £5 concessions for July 1
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