MUSIC FANS can enjoy a whole host of classical performances at an open-air concert in South Shields this weekend.

Proms in the Park returns to Bents Park on 7 July, as part of the South Tyneside Festival, organised by South Tyneside Council.

Those heading to the popular show will enjoy music from the South Tyneside Orchestra and guest soloist Sarah Fenwick, who is classically trained and studied at the Sage, Gateshead.

And this year’s concert will also feature a performance from the newly formed choir group, Choirmaster, which covers a range of different genres of music and is made up of singers ranging from 18 to 80 years old.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at South Tyneside Council believes the event will be very popular.

“I always look forward to Proms in the Park and we have some very talented singers and musicians lined up to perform,” said Cllr Kerr.

“It is an excellent way to spend an afternoon on the coast and I cannot wait to hear the musical selection this year.”

The show is free to attend and takes place from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Proms in the Park is one of a number of events taking place in the park as part of the South Tyneside Festival.

HOn Saturday 6 July, a colourful, carnival-style parade will take to the streets with a Space Fantasy theme, before ending at Bents Park for an afternoon of free entertainment.

And a number of big stars will also take to the stage next month for the Sunday concert series, with Marti Pellow kicking off the shows on 14 July, followed by the Lightning Seeds and Phats and Small on 21 July, Midge Ure and Nick Heyward on 28 July and Gabrielle on 4 August.

The concerts are free to attend but those who would like to guarantee a prime viewing position can purchase a Priority Plus ticket, priced at £6.

The tickets allow early entry to the park and are on sale until a week before each concert, with tickets for the first concert being sold until 7 July.

Tickets for the shows are available to buy now from Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/southtynesidefestival or by calling 0844 844 0444.

They can also be purchased in person at Shop @ The Word in Market Place, South Shields and at the upcoming events at Bents Park.

This year’s Sunday concerts are supported by BBC Newcastle 95.4FM and sponsored by Port of Tyne, Colmans Seafood Temple, South Tyneside College and The Sea Hotel.

For more information and full listings visit: www.southtynesidefestival.co.uk or follow the social media accounts on Twitter @stynesideevents and Facebook /southtynesideevents.