Summer concert plans for historic coastal hall

ABBA, Elvis, an orchestra, picnics and (hopefully) sunshine.

That’s the plan for two outdoor concerts to be held at Cromer Hall this summer.

Over the weekend of August 5 and 6, the 40-piece British Symphony Orchestra will be joined on stage by professional tribute band ABBA Revival on the Saturday night and by top Elvis impersonator Gordon Hendrix for the Sunday evening.

The concerts have been organised by Radio Norfolk presenter Nick Conrad and Martin Lord, a former director at ITV.

“It’s a wonderful setting for some first-rate music,” said Nick. “Even those who are not fans of these artists will love these concerts.”

Gordon Hendrix won Stars in Their Eyes in 2005 as Elvis and has gone on to great success, including recording in Memphis.

Nick said: “His voice is so close to the original that Elvis’s management company has used him to record vocals for them. So it should be a real treat for any of the King’s fans.”

ABBA Revival have recently toured India and Eastern Europe are one of the top ABBA tributes in the world.

The Music of ABBA will be held on Saturday, August 5, with music starting from 6.45pm and gates opening at 5pm to give people a chance to settle down with their picnics. The Sunday Music of Elvis event sees an earlier start of 6.15pm with gates opening at 4pm.

The dates have been organised by CLGroup Companies and it is hoped they will become an annual event at Cromer and at Haughley Park in Suffolk.

Nick said: “These kind of open-air concerts have become extremely popular and we’re hoping for a party feel with some great music for all ages to enjoy.”

Music fans will be able to hear the likes of Elvis classics such as The Wonder of You with soothing strings and All Shook Up with punchy percussion as well as Dancing Queen from ABBA with the brass section of The British Symphony Orchestra.

“It’s well known that Elvis always dreamed of performing with a symphony orchestra and two ago Elvis Presley Enterprises embarked on just that with his back catalogue. This is a tribute to that and to the singer’s ongoing popularity,” said Nick.

THE BSO is made up from some of the UK’s most revered and talented musicians, who appear all over the UK playing the classics as well as new compositions.

Conductor Philip MacKenzie has recently worked with the Crimean State Symphony Orchestra as well as around the globe in Singapore, Bombay and South Africa. He recently conducted the Moscow TV and Radio State Orchestra and a chorus from the Kirov Opera in a sell-out performance in Moscow.

Cromer Hall owner Benjie Cabbell Manners said he was looking forward to welcoming people to Home Park. “I’m thrilled that the British Symphoney orchestra will be appearing at Cromer Hall,” he said.

Organisers have been working closely with North Norfolk District Council and local residents to look at planning, traffic and noise measures “The council could not have been more helpful with advice to help this concert run smoothly,” said Nick.

Just Regional, which publishes magazines along the coast, into the Broads and around Norwich, has teamed up with the organisers as media sponsor for the event.

Readers of the Just magzines can get a special price for tickets booked up until the end of March. These early-bird specials are priced at £30 instead of the normal price of £38 after that date. Book at www.cromerhallconcerts.com or call the ticket line on 0333 666 3366.

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