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Edition No. 105

Date:- 28 June 2003

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THE magic of Harry Potter will cast a spell over hundreds of people at Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool this weekend, as part of a spectacular open-air orchestral concert.

For the first time in its history, Croxteth is to play host to the 60-piece Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra, performing a selection of Hollywood themes in an event entitled 'Music from the Movies'.

The concert - which will take place on Sunday evening (29th June 2003), will climax with a spectacular fireworks display which will light up the night sky.

Film soundtracks ranging from Star Wars, Schindler's List and ET to Lawrence of Arabia and Gone with the Wind will be performed, and the concert will also include songs from the Hollywood musicals, performed by soloist Mary Carewe.

Councillor Warren Bradley, Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, said:- "This will be a fantastic night of entertainment in beautiful surroundings in the grounds of one of the city's sumptuous historical gems. It is a great addition to the cultural mix of events in the city, and hopefully the start of something which will become a regular event at Croxteth Hall and Country Park."

The orchestras - conducted by Rod Dunk - perform similar events at country estates around Britain, including Blenheim Palace. 

Meanwhile last Saturday as the Harry Potter phenomena engulfed the rest of the world and sales of the book hit record levels in the city. The Liverpool library played host to an unusual event that remained to the core of the day as children from across Merseyside visited to capture the true fever of the day. 

Children enjoyed their day at a makeshift Hogwarts hosted by the library in which a fun-packed day of making potions and participating in tournaments such as quiddich, chess and the best Harry Potter look-alike. 

The day was described as 'chaos' by Library manager Lucy Johnson who said:- "It has been a successful day and perhaps we will be looking at holding this event again at the next release of the book or on an annual basis."

Advance tickets are still available for the concert, prices are £19.50 for adults and £12.00 for children and are available from the ticket hotline on 0845 644 2355, Croxteth Hall gift shop on 0151 228 5311 or Liverpool's Tourist Information Centres in Queens Square and Albert Dock. They will also be available on the gate on the night, with a £4 surcharge.

Photographs of Harry Potter Mania in Southport Book Shops and in Formbys Prichard Book Store on the First day of sale...


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