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27 June 2002

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The ultimate summer experience comes to Southport next month when one of the country’s leading classical music orchestras performs an open-air concert in the resort.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will stage its first open-air concert in the North West at Southport’s Victoria Park on Saturday, July 27th with a spectacular finale of fireworks.

The ‘Summer Classics’ gives classical music lovers the unique opportunity to picnic in the park with entertainment from one of the country’s top orchestras.

A massive 51ft wide stage will be constructed and the performance will go ahead with colourful and dramatic, hi-tech lighting effects.

Tony Corfield, head of tourism at Sefton Council, said:- “Just imagine - a lazy, hot summer evening in the tranquil setting of Victoria Park, a spectacular classical music concert and an amazing firework finale. It is going to be absolutely fantastic. This superb event for music loves of all ages has been organized to enhance Southport’s already packed line-up of events and is a real boost for the town. Victoria Park is one of the most relaxing places in Southport and makes an excellent venue for this event.”

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Wilson, will perform an evening of popular classics including Rodgers Oklahoma and South Pacific, Sousa Stars and Stripes, Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1, Bizet Danse Boheme from Carmen and Lehar Gold and Silver Waltz.

There will also be a special performance from Angela Barnes (horn), Liverpool Young Musician of the Year, and a spectacular firework finale to the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture.

The gates are open from 6pm for a picnic in the park before the concert starts at 8pm. Special champagne picnics can be pre-ordered to collect on arrival or classical music lovers can simply take their own. A limited number of canopy sites are also available ( 2 meters by 2 meters) and these also need to be reserved in advance.

Tickets cost £15 for adults, £13 for children between five and 16 and for bookings of 20 people or more £12 each. Tickets are available from the Box Office at the Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BP, tel. 0151 709 3789 and Southport Arts Centre, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB, tel. 01704 540011.

For further information on Summer Classics or to obtain a brochure telephone the Southport Events Hotline on 01704 395511 or visit

Article by Julia Brough.

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Micheal Bolton Monday 1st July 8pm
B. B. King Tuesday       2nd July 8pm

Shirley Bassey Wednesday  3rd July 8pm

Jools Holland Thursday    4th July 8pm
Van Morrison Friday      5th July 8pm
Culture Club Saturday   6th July 8pm
Tony Bennett Sunday   7th july 8pm
Elton John Tuesday       9th July 8pm
An evening with the Beatles Wednesday  10th July 8pm

David Cassidy Thursday       11th July 8pm
Air/Cornelius Friday              12th July 8pm
Bryan Ferry Sunday             14th July 8pm
Claire Sweeny Wednesday    17th July 8pm
Supertramp Friday               19th July 8pm
The Australian Pink 
Floyd Show Saturday       20th July 8pm
Elvis Costello Monday       22nd July 8pm
UB40 Tuesday                  23rd July 8pm
Paul Simon Wednesday    24th july 8pm
A Summer Night at:- 
the Opera Thursday 25th july 8pm
Last night of the:-
POPs Friday                     26th July 8pm
Bryan Adams Saturday    27th July 8pm
Burt Bacharach Sunday   28th July 8pm
Meat loaf Monday            29th July 8pm
For more information call 0906 680 6886
Tickets can be obtained via Virgin Megastores on Clayton Square, Liverpool.   The Royal Court Theater on Roe Street, Liverpool and the Municipal Buildings on Dale St. 
For other big events on Merseyside 
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