Under the Stars

By newham.gov.uk / 19 August 2013

Under the Stars - Newham's festival of music.

Under the Stars

Around 35,000 people flocked to East Ham's Central Park for Newham Council's Under the Stars extravaganza of free live music.

The spectacular four-night event saw dancing, flag-waving, fire juggling, bubbles and colourful fireworks accompanying the various sounds of acid jazz, Asian beats, disco legends and classics from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO).

Sunday's RPO performance featured a new composition called Summer Starz by schoolchildren from the council's Every Child a Musician programme. Taking part with RPO workshop leader Brian Thomson were Brampton, Curwen, Ellen Wilkinson, Nelson, New City, Ravenscroft, Rosetta, Selwyn, Southern Road, St James, St Joachim's and St Winefride's primary schools and Plashet and Sarah Bonnell secondary schools.

The orchestra, conducted by John Rigby and accompanied by soprano Deborah Norman and tenor John Pierce, also paid homage to West Ham United with a rendition of the club's anthem I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles. This year for the first time they also performed a piece chosen by residents in an online vote. The selected choice was Hungarian March No.5 by Brahms.

On Saturday evening Newham went back to the boogie with the cream of the 70s and 80s soul and disco scene The Real Thing, Imagination featuring Leee John and Boney M featuring Liz Mitchell.

Eastern Beats wowed the crowd on Friday with the finest Asian sounds from DCS featuring Shin, Taz Stereo Nation, Juggy D, the Gaana Rajas dance troupe, Ali Abbas and Juggling Inferno's breathtaking fire show set to Bollywood music.

On Thursday performances from Incognito, The Brand New Heavies and guitarist Ciyo Brown had people dancing all over the park.

Mayor Sir Robin Wales: "We have been staging Under the Stars for 14 years and this one has been the best ever. We had an amazing line-up with something for everyone, including a superb performance from young people on our Every Child a Musician programme. Some people have asked why we continue to spend money on events like this. I say it's important to keep investing in the things residents tell us they like and make a difference to their lives. This year 35,000 people have told us they like it. That's why we will continue to bring the whole of Newham together. And best of all, it was free."

See photos from Under the Stars 2013 on our Facebook page.

 


 

Under the Stars 2014

 

14 - 17 August
Four superb, unmissable evenings of free music in Central Park, E6.