Enjoy free ‘Music Under the Stars’ as we celebrate the Assems

A FREE music event is taking place in Tamworth Castle Grounds next month to celebrate 130 years of Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

As we prepare for the eagerly-anticipated launch of the newly extended and refurbished theatre this autumn, we will be marking the milestone anniversary by inviting audiences on a musical trip down memory lane.

Music Under the Stars will pay tribute to some of the amazing acts which have graced the stage at Tamworth Assembly Rooms through the decades, including music from The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and many more.

With the beautiful backdrop of Tamworth Castle, musicians will take to the Victorian bandstand for an evening of great music, while a variety of quirky street vendors will provide quality food and drink from the lower lawn.

The evening’s music will be performed by local musicians Sonic Harmony, Liam Rhodes and Daniel Hatton.

Music Under the Stars takes place on Saturday, July 6, from 7pm, and is free for all to attend. No alcohol can be taken on site, but a licensed bar will be available.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms was first proposed as a fitting monument to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. It was officially opened to the public in October 1889 and therefore celebrates its 130th birthday this year.

The iconic theatre is currently undergoing its most significant transformation to date, with a major multi-million-pound refurbishment and expansion project to ensure it can be preserved at the heart of the community for another 130 years.

The ambitious project to bring Tamworth Assembly Rooms into the 21st century includes a complete change of the internal layout, apart from the main auditorium, to create an impressive, versatile building, with more space that can be used for a variety of purposes.

It is being extended to the side and rear to add a new multi-use space, extra toilet facilities and an extended backstage area. As well as much-needed extra room, this will also provide opportunities for the theatre to be used for a wider range of events.

Acts are now being booked for the opening season of events, which launches in November in impressive style with a spectacular ballet production of The Wizard of Oz, performed by the critically-acclaimed Ballet Theatre UK. To see the full opening line up so far, visit www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk.

Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “Tamworth Assembly Rooms has been at the heart of our community for 130 years and some amazing acts have graced its stage during that time, including no less than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

“Music Under the Stars will relive this musical history as we mark the theatre’s 130th birthday and prepare for its re-opening later this year. It should be a wonderful trip down memory lane. Aside from that, the event provides an opportunity to enjoy some live music from the historic bandstand on a summer evening, along with good food and drink, set in the beautiful Castle Grounds. We hope lots of people come and celebrate with us. All are welcome.”

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