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Sorry if this thread is repeating anything else.... I couldn't find the usual place to put something like this...............

Tickets are NOW ON SALE

(0151-709 3789 / ) for:

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, L1 9BP

HOPES is grateful to ** The Liverpool Culture Company ** and ** The Community Foundation for Merseyside ** for support for this concert.


Celebrating 30 years of the Hope Street Festival

Sunday 22 July @ 7 pm, Phil Hall, Liverpool


* Roger Phillips (Presenter)

* Richard Gordon-Smith (Conductor)

* The HOPES Festival Orchestra and Choir

(Leader / Director: Tony Burrage)

and guests


Surinder Sandhu and the Saurang soloists

returning to HOPES to perform music by Surinder Sandhu (arranged by Richard Gordon-Smith) with the HOPES Festival Orchestra

Songs of the Sea

with Hughie Jones & Friends, featuring some of the performers who made the Mersey Shanty Festival an international success, singing shanties and sea songs from the days of the great sailing ships - the other music that Liverpool gave to the world a century before the Mersey Sound !


HOPES Festival Orchestra

performs Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Petite Suite de Concert

Sarah Helsby-Hughes (soprano) & Tayo Aluko (baritone) join the HOPES Festival Orchestra

for Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ and other songs from Porgy & Bess

Children from Merseyside schools, with the HOPES Orchestra, perform

Liverpool First and Last

which they have themselves devised for HOPES with Richard Gordon-Smith & Tony Burrage, now orchestrated and conducted by Richard Gordon-Smith

Grand finale

where the entire company performs

HOPES’ Song for Liverpool, ‘Light Up The City’ (from Cool Street) by Richard Gordon-Smith.

* We are delighted that the National Trust / Chambre Hardman have also agreed to put on an exhibition in the foyer of the Phil Hall on the day

Tickets for the show (Sun 22 July, 7 pm [please note start time]

are now available from the Phil Box office: 0151-709 3789

or via

at £7, £9 & £11 (£5 children).

And, finally……

If you would like to be involved in this concert, as a performer, singer or sponsor / raffle donor

please contact us a.s.a.p. on [email protected]. Thank you!

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Just a message to tell you about this years' Africa Oyé festival, a celebration of African music and culture, coming to Sefton Park on June 21st and 22nd.

Its Free entry and runs from 12:30pm-9:30pm on both days.

For those who haven't heard about Africa Oyé, it is the UK’s largest, free celebration of African music and culture and takes place annually in Liverpool. The festival is also a truly international event that harnesses the spirit
of multiculturalism and tolerance. It has played host to artists from
nation’s right across Africa, and also programs music from South America
and The Caribbean with Salsa, Soca, and Reggae always a popular addition
to the festivities.

This year, Oyé promises many delights including the return of Les Freres
Guisse from Senegal, who played to much acclaim at Oyé 03, The Jerry Can
Band from Egypt, Massokos from Mozambique, Body Mind and Soul from Malawi
and Kenge Kenge from Kenya. Also returning by popular demand are the
Odemba OK Jazz All Stars, who are one of the best live acts on the
circuit, plus many more to be confirmed.

But Africa Oyé is about more than music. Stalls selling the best food,
drink, Arts and Crafts and fashion from Africa and beyond will again be
present at the Oyé village and there will also be face painting, bouncy
castles, and a mobile climbing wall to keep the kids happy. Oyé 2008 will
be recorded by BBC Radio 3 and The Africa Channel (Sky channel 281) for
future broadcast in the UK, Africa and The Caribbean.

You can find Oyé online at and on the Myspace at There is also a group on Facebook!

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Has anyone been to this before? I haven't but i'm going to put in the effort this year because it's always appealed to me.It'll be broadcast in the UK,Africa and the Caribbean this year too.
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