Battersea Park in Concert returns this bank holiday weekend

By Sophia Shade

Battersea Park is back with their weekend-long celebration of live music – Battersea Park in Concert.

The world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Pete Harrison, is set to start off the weekend-long celebrations by opening the ‘Proms in the Park’ on August 24.

The opening ceremony will featuring the timeless melodies of Bach and Mozart and the impressive compositions of Tchaikovsky to evocative movie scores from John Williams and a spectacular fireworks finale.

This year’s host and special guest is Myleene Klass, a classical performer and presenter of her own weekly Classic FM show. 

The show stopping Alex Mendham and his orchestra will transport the crowd 100 years into the past, with a rendition of 1920s toe-tappers.

August 25ths performances are set to be equally impressive, bringing A Night at the Musicals to the park, similarly featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Accompanied by a long guest list of talented musicians and hosted by the Olivier Award-winning West End star Cassidy Janson, it is sure to be a night to remember.

Transporting the crowds across the river and into the West End, more than 25 songs from iconic musicals such as Chicago, Six, The Greatest Showman, and Grease will be performed live.

The event will conclude on Monday, with the final day headlined by Ronnie Scott’s infamous Jazz Orchestra.

Led by Pete Long, this legendary band will dazzle audiences with everyone’s favourite tracks with their renditions of Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra, Chaka Khan and many more, and will be joined by several guest singers.

Before the finale however, audiences will be treated to a long afternoon of London African Gospel Choir’s sound, bringing their upbeat interpretation of Paul Simon’s Graceland album with a full live band.

Further support comes from UK jazz legends Claire Martin OBE and Ray Gelato live on- stage together. 

And finally, the action-packed Swinging at the Cotton Club will celebrate New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s, featuring a full swing band and dancers.

The day promises to be an unforgettable finale to the fantastic long weekend of musical Bliss.

The weekend offers more than just music though. With attendees being able to pre-book a range of gourmet picnics across the two days, created by The Luxury Picnic Co, every part of the weekend is intended to be savoured. 

Fantastic street food will also be provided by KERB, who curate the culinary and bar experience.

To buy tickets, visit: https://www.batterseaparkinconcert.com/signup

Pictured top: Battersea Park in Concert 2023 (Picture: enable)

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