CBSO Concert in Sutton Park – Sat 1st and Sun 2nd July 2017

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An exciting two-day event, Concert in the Park, featuring world-class music and family fun will be putting arts and culture centre-stage in Royal Sutton Coldfield this July. On Saturday 1 July the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (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.

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.

Birmingham’s very own 75 strong world-renowned CBSO will take to the stage from 7pm with a repertoire that will take the audience through popular scores from Harry Potter, Star Wars and the Nutcracker, through popular opera arias and a number of patriotic favourites. They are joined by internationally-acclaimed tenor Noah Stewart, who makes a rare UK appearance. This promises to be a magical performance against the beautiful backdrop of Sutton Park.

Organised and heavily subsidised by Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, a free Beasts and Bugs family fun day on Sunday 2 July,  featuring special family performances by a 10 piece mini-orchestra made up of CBSO musicians, alongside craft activities, live music from Sutton Coldfield Choirs and Sutton’s very own Scout Gang Show. 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.

A range of outstanding local 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 stand and Sutton’s own fire engine bar, The Tipple Truck. Concert 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: “This concert promises to be a fantastic weekend for the people of Royal Sutton Coldfield as well as those from further afield. It is great that we can release tickets early to our local residents to ensure they don’t miss out on an opportunity to see the world-class CBSO right on their doorstep at the heart of their park.

“I am delighted to see so many local groups and businesses already supporting the weekend and showcasing the rich and vibrant talent we have in our Royal Town. There are still opportunities for local musicians, choirs and local businesses to get in touch and become part of the programme themselves – I would urge them to do so. We look forward to enjoying a great weekend of culture at the heart of our community in Sutton Park.”

Stephen Maddock OBE, Chief Executive CBSO said: “We are delighted to be working with Royal Sutton Town Council to bring our Orchestra to people of Sutton Coldfield and to play in the beautiful and historic setting of Sutton Park. Our Associate Conductor Michael Seal will lead the Orchestra. Recognised as one of today’s finest interpreters of British music and having worked with many of the UK’s top orchestras, Michael will bring the park alive with wonderful music including Rossini, Verdi, Elgar, John Wiliams and Puccini.”

Tickets cost just £10 (£5 concessions) for Sat 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.

FAQs

Location and travel information

Where is Boldmere Recreation Field?

The address is Sutton Park, Boldmere Gate, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B73 6LH.

What is the best way to get to the events?

We encourage all local attendees to walk or use public transport wherever possible. There will be licensed bars at the event. Please do not drink and drive.

What is the nearest train station?                                       

The nearest railway stations are Wylde Green or Sutton Coldfield.

If we do drive, is there parking? What time is parking available from? Is it free?

There is limited event parking at Sutton Park. Access will be via Boldmere Gate. Other public car parks are available near Sutton Park, approximately a ten minute walk away.

The event parking on the Saturday will open at 3pm and is free. Please do not park on public highways, grass verges or block residential access. There is dedicated hard-standing parking for valid Blue Badge Holders and there will be a disabled viewing area for concert attenders.

Please note, in line with usual Park’s pricing, there is a £2 charge to park inside Sutton Park on Sundays (Blue Badge holders are free).

I have arranged to be dropped off and picked up…where is the drop off point?

Vehicles dropping passengers at the event will be directed to the drop off point which is within the park near the Boldmere Gate entry. We suggest that all pick-ups arrive back by 8.30pm to avoid traffic leaving site at the end of the concert.

SITE OPTIONS / FOOD AND DRINK

Can we bring our own seats?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own chairs, rugs and picnics. For safety reasons you will not be permitted to position chairs or objects that could be hazardous within close proximity of the stage. Area’s can not be reserved. Please note personal barbecues and gazebos are not permitted.

Can we bring a picnic?

Yes, you are able to bring your own food and drink, however we have a strict NO GLASS policy to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Please make sure that anything you bring is decanted into plastic containers or similar. There will be a variety of local food vendors selling high quality street food if you would prefer to purchase food at the concerts.

Will there be catering in the field?

There will be a variety of food vendors as well as a range of licensed bars on both days. Please note it there will be a Challenge 25 policy in place. There is also the option to purchase specially made event hampers from the Deli in Boldmere. Please contact the Deli directly on 0121 238 6200 or http://www.thedeliinboldmere.co.uk/shop/ to pre-order.

Are there any cash points?

There are no cash points in Sutton Park, and credit/debit cards cannot be used at the concessions and catering outlets or at the on-site box office. Please bring sufficient cash to cover your expected needs. The nearest cash point is Boldmere High Street.

Can we bring an umbrella if it rains?

Hand-held umbrellas are permitted. To prevent obstructing the view of other concert-goers, please do not use umbrellas during the performance. Waterproof coats and ponchos are recommended, as is a British summertime sensibility!

Can we take photographs?

Yes, please take photographs for personal use only. Please tag them on social media as #SuttonParkConcerts

Can we bring dogs?

With the exception of registered Disability Assistance Dogs no animals of any kind are allowed in the concert site. Please do not leave your pets in your car.

Is smoking permitted?

The event is completely open air, so there are no legal restrictions on smoking. However, we would ask you to think of your fellow picnickers before lighting up, and dispose of cigarette ends with care. Please smoke within designated smoking areas for fire safety reasons and for the benefit of everyone.

What should I bring with me? 

We recommend bringing appropriate clothing for the weather, and an extra layer or warm clothes even in good weather as the temperature often drops come the end of the performance. The concert area and car parks are well lit, but it can be useful to bring a torch for your way home.

TICKETING

How much are tickets and how do I purchase them?

Tickets are priced as follows:

Standard: £10.00

Concession: £5.00 (under 16, senior, registered less-abled and students in full-time education)

Tickets can be booked via Sutton Town Hall in person or on the phone during box office hours, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm (excluding bank holidays) on 0121 296 9543, or online at http://www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk

Please bring your tickets or e-tickets (print at home) with you to the event. Tickets are non-refundable. All children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Can I show my ticket on my smart phone / tablet rather than printing it out?

Yes, as long as you are able to fully download the ticket PDF, and open it on the screen of your device, the scanners will be able to verify it.

Will we get our money back if it rains?

No…the concert will go ahead come rain or shine! Tickets are none refundable.

Can we be sure to see the stage?

As this is a sloping site all areas of the site and viewing area offer a good view of the stage, although you must bear in mind that people may choose to stand up in front of you.

What is the programme for the Saturday evening concert?

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra perform a repertoire of classical music, including popular film classics and opera arias, conducted by Michael Seal The event opens with a sing-along with performer Tony Skeggs and The Westenders bringing some of your musical favourites:

4.00 pm – Gates Open

5:00 pm – Tony Skeggs

6:00 pm – Westenders

7:00 pm – City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

7:50 pm – Interval

8:10 pm – City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

9:00 pm / 9.10pm – Concert ends

What is the programme for the Beasts and Bugs Family Fun Day on Sunday 2 July and do I need a ticket?

Gates open at 10.30am with performances starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm.

There will be special family friendly mini-orchestra performance by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, live music from Sutton Coldfield Choirs including a guest performance from the visiting San Fransisco Choir, and Sutton’s very own Scout Gang Show.Plus look out for make-and-take craft activities, stilt walkers and facepainters! Park rangers will be leading site tours and activity. Why not bring your little ones dressed as their favourite creepy crawly?!

This is a free event but reserve your ticket through the box office to let us know you are coming. Further timings will be announced soon!

I have a question that is not answered here – how can I contact the organisers?

You can either call the box office on admin@townhallscart.co.uk or email your question to admin@suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk where we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible!

See you at Sutton Park!