‘Party in the Pews’ will kick off festival

Claudio Kron with a lively crowd at a previous 'Party in the Pews'. EMN-151006-150140001
Claudio Kron with a lively crowd at a previous 'Party in the Pews'. EMN-151006-150140001

Performers ranging from four to 84 will take the stage at the Party in the Pews, the opening event of this year’s Zero Degrees festival.

Party in the Pews will be a celebration of local talent across the generations, with toddlers and senior citizens strutting their stuff and exercising their vocal chords, as they share the stage at St James’s Church on June 19.

Five different dance groups will entertain the audience through the course of the evening, and there will also be four singing groups and a ukelele band. 52nd Street Jump will be getting the audience into the aisle to teach them some Lindy Hop moves, and the fabulous Brazilian percussionist Claudio Kron will once again try to raise the roof of St James’ Church with the help of the Lacey Gardens Junior School drummers.

Festival Chair Alan Mumby said: ‘We’re really excited about Party in the Pews this year – it’s the best line-up we’ve ever had.

“It’s particularly pleasing to have such a wide age range taking part, especially in the year that we’re celebrating 500 years of the spire.

“It’s meant to be an evening of family entertainment, and that’s exactly what it will be!”

The festival committee are expecting a packed church, as family, friends and fans gather to enjoy the entertainment. To add to the party atmosphere, under the spire there will be a licensed bar, with a special Inspire500 beer, and the St James’ café will be serving food and drink.

The Zero Degrees festival runs from June 19 until July 12, and includes a weekend music festival, starting on June 26, and a comedy festival featuring comedians appearing later in the year at the Edinburgh festival.

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