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Katherine Jenkins will be appearing at Victoria Park on Saturday

Last chance for summer festival tickets

There will be magic in Haywards Heath this week as Victoria Park comes alive at this year’s Summer Festival of Music.

Organised by It’s Magic Events, the festival will raise funds for three charities: Woodlands Meed School in Burgess Hill, Kangaroos Fun Disability Clubs, and Sussex Autism Support.

Starting this Wednesday and ending on Saturday, the event will welcome people across four spell-binding evenings of music. Renowned singer Katherine Jenkins OBE will headline the closing night.

On the 11th, music from the Ensemble Reza Community Orchestra and Brighton Jive will support Mark A. Wright, a leading Elvis Presley tribute artist. Together, they will recreate the sights and sounds of classic tunes like Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock and Can’t Help Falling in Love.

The following evening will bring its own ‘kind of magic’ to the park. Reprising Queen’s legendary Greatest Hits, The Bohemians promise to rock the town with their two-hour, electric show. This will include a faithful re-staging of Queen’s iconic Wembley ’86 and Live Aid performances.

The much-loved songs of Neil Diamond will fill the air on Friday the 13th. The show will take audience members on a musical journey through the star’s glittering 50 year career. Sharing the stage is the ‘Motown Show’ which promises to cherry-pick Motown’s greatest hits for an unforgettable evening of entertainment.

The festival will come to an enchanting end on Saturday with Katherine Jenkins Proms in the Park. Returning for the fifth time, the ever-popular Welsh mezzo soprano will be accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra and will appear alongside special guest John Owen-Jones. He is best known for playing the titular role in The Phantom of the Opera and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. The operatic superstar will also be joined by the internationally-renowned London Welsh Male Voice Choir.

Katherine Jenkins said she is thrilled to be returning to Haywards Heath Summer Festival. “These open air concerts are, for me, just the best way to enjoy this kind of music,” she said in an interview to Connections Radio last week. “It is going to be a lovely night.”

The festival is staged in the open-air grounds of Victoria Park, therefore music fans are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy the songs in comfort.

People can buy tickets for individual shows or for the entire festival. They are available from: www.itsmagic.org.uk or in person from Broadbridges on Sussex Road, Haywards Heath.

—end— 9 July 2018