Colors: Red Color

For festival goers, looking the part is important. Not only will there be endless outfits to plan, but thinking about your hairstyle is also essential. From up-dos to a tousled bed head look, finding something that will withstand unpredictable weather conditions, partying at all hours and no access to a shower can be tricky.

To really stand out from the crowd this summer, why not go for a bold statement and colour your hair in an on-trend, bright colour? This season a range of fresh new shades are available at UK hair salon chain Supercuts and from pink to purple, turquoises to vibrant blue, there’s something for every party animal.

The team at Supercuts shared some top tips on how to get the fab festival chic look this season.

  1. Keep it pampered – even though you may not have access to washing facilities, it’s important to keep your hair looked after. Packing a can of dry shampoo in your festival bag will really pay off. A top tip is to wait for around 2 minutes after you have sprayed the product before you comb it through. This allows enough time for the shampoo to completely absorb any oils that are weighing it down.
  2. Get glittery – glitter hair is very much in at the moment. You can really get creative with your colours and even try a different look for every day of the event. For an eye catching glittery parting, separate the hair where desired, add some hair gel down the parting and sprinkle on your favourite loose glitter. To remove, simply use a baby wipe and then shower the excess off when you’re home.
  3. Stay sun smart – if the weather stays bright, it’s important to protect your hair. Moisturising products along with protein-based products such as sprays and leave in conditioners, will keep you protected. Products like this can also help to keep your hair hydrated.
  4. Accessorise – by the third or fourth day, your hair can start to look tired. Choose a statement accessory to brighten up your look and deter from and tangles and excess oil. Big flower hair bands are always a popular choice but feathers are also proving very popular this year.
  5. Colour craze – when going for a bold colour, it’s important you get this done professionally and with the right care. To help counteract the effects of colouring, a new treatment known as bonding is now available. It is the latest innovative product to hit the hairdressing market and allows the best protection for your hair, helping to mend the structure of the hair.
Stephen Guest, Supercuts’ Technical Educator and Colour Expert, commented: “The bonding treatment is the latest innovative product to hit the market, it allows the best protection for your hair and helps mend the structure of the hair, no matter what the colour service. It gives the hair a healthier smoother and shinier finish that easier to manage throughout festival season.”

Following on from the success of their involvement in the Commonwealth Handover Ceremony; appearing in a scene set to Mr Blue Sky by Jeff Lynne’s ELO, in keeping with the Commonwealth theme The People's Orchestra will be collaborating with Orchestre Philharmonia Mundi de Montreal.

For the first time ever in their history, The People’s Orchestra have invited an overseas orchestra over to perform with them at their next concert “Summer Showcase”. Living their motto, “for the pleasure of making music together,” the Canadian orchestra is filled with musicians of all ages who share their passion for music. Established since 1984 and run by its members; like The People's Orchestra, they provide members with opportunities to perform and rehearse symphonic and orchestral music in grand ensemble with other musicians. Their main goal is to please family, friends and audiences.

25 players from their orchestra will be coming over to perform. The concert will take the artistry of musicians from both orchestras to create an explosion of musical enrichment for the public.

"We're very excited to be welcoming an overseas orchestra to perform with us - this concert will be a first of-its-kind and completely unmissable." - Sarah Marshall, Founder of The People’s Orchestra

"Come and join us! The concert, “Summer Showcase”, takes place on Saturday 4 August 2018 from 7:30PM at West Bromwich Town Hall (Lodge Road, West Midlands. B70 8DY)."

For event information and where to buy tickets, please visit

Brits love nothing more than curling up on the sofa, with popular shows such as Stranger Things, The Crown, Blue Planet and Peaky Blinders providing nail-biting entertainment for the nation. It also seems that Brits have strong ideas on who they want to be curling up and watching these popular shows with.

ScS, the UK leading sofa and carpet specialist, conducted research asking Brits to name the well-known public figures and celebrities that they would most like to binge watch a tv show or movie with.

When it comes to relaxing on the sofa, it turns out that Brits would prefer to watch TV with homegrown talent, with only two of the nation’s favourite sofa celebrities being from across the pond.

ScS asked people across the UK to choose which celebrities or famous media personalities they would most like to relax on the sofa with to watch a popular show or film, the top 10 was revealed to be:

1.     Holly Willoughby

2.     Philip Schofield

3.     David Beckham

4.     Queen Elizabeth II

5.     Jeremy Clarkson

6.     Amanda Holden

7.     Meghan Markle

8.     Donald Trump

9.     Piers Morgan

10.  Scarlett Moffat

As well as some TV favourites such as Scarlett Moffat and Amanda Holden making the list, ScS also found that controversial media characters and sworn enemies Jeremy Clarkson and Piers Morgan both made an appearance. Surprisingly, Donald Trump, the 45th US president also joined the likes of This Morning favourites, Holly and Phil.

Vicki Burns, Communications Executive at ScS, said: “We know the sofa is everyone’s favourite seat in the house, after a long day there is nothing we love more than to sit back and relax with the ones we love to watch a family-favourite show, box set or enjoy the latest must-see film. We wanted to ask the nation which celebrities or well-known public figures they would most like to relax on the sofa with and we certainly had some surprising results.

“It’s no surprise much-loved TV icons such as Holly and Phil made the top ten and even our monarch, Queen Elizabeth, who is celebrating 65 years since her Coronation. However, it was most interesting to see such dividing characters liked Donald Trump, Piers Morgan and Jeremy Clarkson also making the list, suggesting a bit of sofa debate may also have its place.”

It will be a true homecoming for jazz legend Val Wiseman when she performs her Lady Sings The Blues tribute to Billie Holiday at Central Library in July.

West Bromwich-born Val got her first taste of showbusiness dancing in a talent show at Dartmouth Park aged just four. At 18, she joined the West Side Jazz Band which had a residency at the old Dartmouth Hotel.

Decades later, Val is very much looking forward to her concert on Saturday 21 July as part of the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival.

She will be joined by Digby Fairweather on trumpet, Roy Williams on trombone and bassist Len Skeat. Pianist Brian Dee, saxophonist/clarinettist Alan Barnes and drummer Eric Ford complete an experienced and highly talented line-up.

Val said: “I was born and raised in West Bromwich and I am absolutely thrilled to be invited to perform in my home town where I launched my singing career. Throughout my life I have retained many happy memories of growing up in West Bromwich.”

Remembering the Dartmouth Park talent show, Val said: “I was supposed to be reciting a poem, but once on stage I decided to dance instead.

“I went on to develop an interest in art and jazz, attending classes at Ryland Memorial Art School near the library and joining a jazz appreciation society run by our art teacher at Cronehills Technical School.”

A year after joining the West Side Jazz Band as singer, Val joined Birmingham’s Second City Jazzmen. At 21, she left for London to become vocalist with the legendary Monty Sunshine and his band.

Tickets for Lady Sings The Blues: The Homecoming are now available from Central Library in High Street and on Eventbrite - go to for details.

Sandwell is an official partner in the jazz festival for the second year running, with more than 30 events across the six towns from 20-29 July, most of which are free.

International artists from America, Canada, France, Hungary and Spain will be joining a host of homegrown talent.

Councillor Steve Trow, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for culture and core council services, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for people from Sandwell and the rest of the Black Country to get involved in an international music festival and enjoy jazz music right on their doorstep.

“Like last year, we have events in each of Sandwell’s six towns, including at our libraries, museums, parks and Sandwell Arts Café. We can guarantee a warm welcome to everyone attending events in Sandwell during this year’s festival.”

Three students with Adult Education Wolverhampton are celebrating after receiving awards at this year's Festival of Learning.

Washington Shearer was named the Festival of Learning's Return to Learning award winner for 2018, with Kate Hubbard and Hala Akhras highly commended in the Learning for Health and English Language Learning categories respectively.

Washington, 52, had hidden the fact that he couldn’t read or write all his life, however with the help of Adult Education Wolverhampton he is now aiming to put that right.

While in prison Washington started to learn basic English and this gave him the motivation to learn more. On probation he decided it was time to turn his life around, and eventually found the confidence to sign up for an Entry Level 1 English class.

Although unsure at first, Washington soon discovered that he loved learning, and found himself looking forward to every class. He passed his exams and has progressed to Entry Level 2.

Washington can now connect and communicate with his family using social media and participate more fully in family life. His confidence and self-esteem have grown, and he now has ambitions to work as a mentor, sharing his story and helping others who are in a similar situation to the one he was in.

He said: “Studying is empowering me. I now believe in myself and have expectations for a much brighter future. I’m so happy I can now sit with my grandchildren and read them a story."

Washington’s English teacher, Pamela Lavender, said: “Washington sees this as his second chance. He is always positive and willing and helps his peers whenever he can.”

Kate was highly commended for the way that learning has transformed her life. Her world had collapsed when she was struck down with multiple life-changing illnesses. She felt destroyed mentally and physically, but her world reopened when her doctor recommended the ‘Like Minds’ classes offered by Adult Education Wolverhampton.

The 34-year-old has since moved on to mainstream classes, including pottery, painting and drawing, flower arranging and hat making. The craft activities are helping with Kate’s dexterity and her practical skills have developed tremendously. Learning has opened up new possibilities for a future career and Kate’s long-term plan is to work in a creative field, helping others in a similar situation to the one she has been in.

She said: "Adult Education Wolverhampton saved my life. I’m back on the right track, loving life and all that it might hold for me.”

Kate’s teacher, Bethune Matthews, said, “Despite the debilitating illness Kate is enduring, she comes into class each day with a glowing smile. She is positive, determined and a great motivator.”

Hala, age 41, moved to England from Syria five years ago. She had studied English in Syria but the opportunities to use it in daily life were few and far between. Living in Wolverhampton, she hesitated to communicate because she was afraid of making mistakes in her speech. She soon became depressed and pessimistic about her future.

Hala decided to change her path and learn English again. She attended ESOL classes at Adult Education Wolverhampton, starting with Entry Level 3 and moved onto Level 1 and Level 2. She also enrolled on a Childcare course and progressed through various courses including GCSE maths and English, and is now on her way to becoming a Teaching Assistant.

She said: "I have much more courage and am now happy to communicate with people around me – I am no longer isolated. I believe that my family and I will have a much better life.”

Hala’s teacher, Rachel Orotayo, added: "Hala’s decision to learn English was one that took a lot of courage and personal strength but was one she knew she needed to do to integrate in her new community.”

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "It's wonderful that the success of three of our adult learners has been recognised at the Festival of Learning; their stories show that anyone can benefit from learning.

"Adult Education Wolverhampton is only one of four adult education providers in the country to have been judged as Outstanding by Ofsted.

“Inspectors commended it for its exceptionally high achievement rates, high quality teaching, excellent resources, good levels of support and for making learning enjoyable, so there couldn’t be a better time to enrol.”

Due to incredible demand, Why Don’t We will return to the UK for a run of headline shows in October 2018 following their latest sold out European leg of ‘The Invitation Tour’.

Dubbed ‘one of pop music’s biggest breakout stories’ according to NBC’s TODAY and with 1.7 million YouTube subscribers on YouTube and 2.8 million followers on Instagram, their music videos have amassed more than 200 million views making the one of pop music’s biggest breakout stories.

Their most recent release ‘Hooked’ shot to #3 on iTunes’ Overall Songs chart, ahead of artists such as Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, and Ariana Grande among others. Rolling Stone is calling the five-piece band made up of Daniel Seavey, Zach Herron, Corbyn Besson, Jonah Marais, and Jack Avery, an ‘Artist To Watch’.

UK Tour Dates:

21 Oct 18 Birmingham O2 Institute Birmingham 22 Oct 18 Manchester O2 Apollo Manchester 24 Oct 18 Newport Newport Centre 25 Oct 18 London Eventim Apollo

Running from 20 October until 4 November stargazers in and around the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark will have almost 30 star-themed events and tourist experiences to enjoy. The programme covers the autumn half-term holidays for schools in Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland and will offer family-friendly events to enjoy the dark skies of the North Pennines AONB. There will also be lots events aimed at aspiring astronomers as well as visitors with a general interest in the night sky and stargazing.

Shane Harris, Responsible Tourism Lead for the North Pennines AONB Partnership, said: “The North Pennines AONB is the darkest mainland AONB, and has some of the darkest skies in England. Away from the intense light pollution in many areas, there are amazing opportunities to see the wonders of the night sky.

“The bigger and better festival this year will mean that more people will have the chance to come along to one of the events, and there are opportunities for visitors to the area to come and stay to enjoy the amazing experience of our truly dark skies.”

Last year over 800 people attended Stargazing Festival events, including over 250 at the family Skywatch at Killhope Lead Mining Museum. This popular Skywatch event will run again in 2018 alongside numerous new additions and experiences to the programme.

Michelle Gorman, Managing Director at Visitor County Durham: “We're thrilled, once again to be working in partnership with the North Pennines AONB Partnership on the second North Pennines Stargazing Festival. Following on from the huge success of last year's event, we're hopeful that the exciting programme of star-studded events and experiences will attract visitors of all ages to the area to appreciate the magnificence of the North Pennines dark skies”.

The 2018 North Pennines Stargazing Festival is once again being organised by the North Pennines AONB Partnership. It is being funded by Durham County Council, Northumberland County Council and Visit County Durham.

Members of the Severn Trent Choir were on stage with Gareth Malone in Nottingham for the first time in four years for a special concert.

Having been triumphant in the first season of BBC’s The Choir: Sing While You Work, the ensemble from Severn Trent has sung with Malone a number of times since but last night’s concert, also featuring The Swingles, was the first time since 2014. Lisa Keen, one of the choir members who featured in the original season, said: “It was really quite emotional being back with Gareth – it all started there and it was just lovely to see him again and to be back on stage.

“We’ve seen him a few times over the years, and it’s always great to sing with him again, especially for those of us who are original members of the choir.

“What was particularly lovely was that we were called back onto stage for the encore and everyone started chanting ‘Severn Trent, Severn Trent’. Absolutely brilliant night.”

The concert was at the Theatre Royal Nottingham, with the Severn Trent Choir joining Gareth on stage to sing Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror, Avril Lavigne’s Keep Holding On, and David Bowie’s Heroes.

Over the years, the choir has sung at a variety of special events, including the Rugby Union World Cup (at the Australia v Uruguay and South Africa v Samoa games), the Godiva Festival and the Drop of Life Concert for WaterAid at the Symphony Hall.

The choir’s next concert will be at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

One of the UK’s most prolific trombonists has been announced as the new Head of Brass at Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. 

Originally from Bristol, Amos Miller started playing the trombone aged nine and went on to study at Oxford University – during which time he studied with Denis Wick – and the Royal Academy of Music, learning with Ian Bousfield.

Having gained the DipRAM, the Royal Academy’s highest award for performance, he completed the Jazz Course at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada under artists such as Jim Hall and Kenny Wheeler.

On joining Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as Head of Brass, Amos Miller said:

“I am completely delighted to be joining the wonderful team at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, especially at such an exciting time in its history.

“The resources of talent in both the staff and student cohort are world-leading combine these with the astonishing new building and it is an unmissable opportunity. Birmingham is finding its rightful place at the heart of the UK's cultural life, and it's a real thrill to be a part of it. I can't wait to get started!”

Amos is a founder member of internationally acclaimed brass quintet Onyx Brass, and has combined the post of Principal Trombone with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia (the orchestra of Birmingham Royal Ballet) with a busy freelance career, in which he has worked as guest Principal Trombone with most of the UK’s leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, English National Opera, Royal Opera House Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s, the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

He has played for over 100 film soundtracks, including ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’, ‘Wonderwoman’, ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Terminator Salvation’, ‘Inception’, ‘Paddington’, ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Superman’.

Amos has performed under esteemed conductors such as Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Colin Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Mackerras and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Principal, Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, commented: 

“We are delighted to welcome Amos Miller to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Amos is renowned throughout the music profession as one of the world’s top brass players and it will be a privilege to work alongside such a master.”

The Brass Department at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire offers tuition in orchestral and brass band instruments, and its team of tutors have the expertise to address all areas of performance and technique by helping students to diversify their skills in both areas, as well as jazz and early music.

Alongside various band, orchestral and chamber music activities, the Brass Department offers a full schedule of masterclasses and brass classes covering everything from practice technique to orchestral repertoire.

The Department also offers bespoke tuition at postgraduate level, for student brass quintets who wish to consolidate their ensemble skills while developing their individual playing abilities.

Amos Miller will take up his position as Head of Brass at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in September 2018.

In a statement about the show, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre said:

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is extremely sorry to have to announce that the UK tour of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE including its date at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has been cancelled.

This has been caused by the company producing the show experiencing financial difficulties and they are no longer able to continue with the tour.

The production company said,

“We would like to thank the brilliant cast of the show, who sang and danced their hearts out to bring Thoroughly Modern Millie to audiences all over the country.  Sadly, and regretfully, the show is now cancelled.  We extremely sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this cancellation will cause everyone who was planning on seeing the show."

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre will contact customers as soon as possible to arrange refunds.

This summer, the city of London Bollywood's eternal dream girl Hema Malini unveiled  the poster of her elder daughter Esha Deol Takhtani's first short feature film Cakewalk. Directed by debutant Ram Kamal Mukherjee and Abhra Chakraborty, the film depicts life of a chef Shilpa Sen, played by Esha Deol Takhtani. Produced by Dinesh Gupta, Shailendra Kumar and Aritra Das, the film will be released worldwide in August. Incidentally this will be India's first short film.

Hema Malini will be unveiled the life size poster of Esha at Montcalm Hotel in London on 31st May, in presence of media and delegates. The event has been organized by media magnet Nari Hira and Magna Publishing from India.

The poster has been exclusively shot by fashion photographer Suman Nandi, while Esha has been styled by Kareen Punjwani. The poster has been designed by Ekta Bhattacharya.

This 22 minute Hindi short marks Esha's return to Bollywood after marriage and motherhood. Produced under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainments, the film also starts television heartthrob Tarun Malhotra and noted Bengali actress Anindita Bose. This movie also marks Bollywood debut of Siddharth Chatterjee, who is known for his role Topse in Satyajit Ray's Feluda - thriller series.

Cakewalk has been written by Ram Kamal Mukherjee and Chandrodoy Pal, while the music has been composed by Shailendra Sayanti. The title track of the movie has been rendered by Rupali Jagga and Shailendra Kumar. Cinematography by Pravatendu Mondol, the background has been scored by Prajna Dutta.

India's first Power Brand Film Journalist and biographer of Hema Malini's authorised biography Beyond the Dream Girl, Ram Kamal Mukherjee makes his debut as filmmaker in Cakewalk. Ram Kamal received many prestigious awards as veteran Bollywood journalist and as an author in India. He worked with Pritish Nandy Communication for almost 12 Hindi feature film as Vice President. Cakewalk has been shot entirely in Kolkata.

The film deals with an issue that most women across the globe will relate, mostly women from Asian countries. "I always wanted to work with Esha because she is a powerhouse of talent, and I would give entire credit to her for bestowing faith in me and my team," says director Ram Kamal Mukherjee.

Producer Aritra Das from Assorted Motion Pictures says, "It's definitely an honour for me, Shailendra ji and Dinesh ji, to get this privilege to showcase the first look of our maiden venture to people in London. Hema ji is a legend and we have grown up watching her films. It's definitely a dream come true for all of us to have 'Dream Girl' amongst us."

Two years ago Rick Astley returned with an album that surprised everyone, even himself.  His number 1 album ‘50’ sold over 300,000 copies and was one of the biggest selling albums of 2016. What was even more incredible was that Rick wrote, produced and played every instrument on that comeback disc.

And guess what?  He’s only gone and done it again!  His new album, ‘Beautiful Life’, is released July 20th on BMG with an iconic cover shot by Rankin.  Each of the twelve tracks are written, produced and played by Rick.  Highlights are many and include the chic flavoured title track, the evocative ‘Rise Up’, the insanely catchy ‘Try’ and the warm childhood memories of ‘The Good Old Days’.

After selling over 100,000 tickets on his 2017 tour, Rick and his band are playing the UK, joined by very special guest Gabrielle on 15 November 2018, Genting Arena

A golden era of music television has been faithfully recreated at Birmingham City University, as part of a major new research project looking at jazz broadcasting in the 1960s.

As well as encompassing archival research and interviews with former production staff, the study involved transforming the University’s main TV studio to simulate how a jazz programme was made. This included scrutinising the technical decisions faced by television crews and improvising musicians at each stage of producing such a broadcast.

Following months of planning, on Tuesday 22 May, Birmingham City University’s TV Studio A was transformed to evoke the aesthetics of a 1960s BBC jazz programme. Led by director Mark Kershaw, and featuring a crew of former BBC employees and current Birmingham City University students, the team utilised cutting edge facilities in the University’s £62 million Parkside Building to precisely record the role of improvisation in the relationship between a television crew, their equipment and a contemporary working jazz group.

In a loving homage to the legendary BBC jazz concert show, ‘Jazz 625’ – so titled because the newly launched BBC Two was broadcasting on 625-UHF lines (the HD of the time) – the Birmingham City University production has been named ‘Jazz 1080’, reflecting the technological leap in broadcasting since the 1960s. In order to realise this modern incarnation, the researchers and crew worked from original documentation sourced from the BBC Written Archive in Caversham.

Presented by Birmingham rapper Juice Aleem, the 50-minute programme featured performances by rising stars from the West Midlands jazz scene. Xhosa Cole (tenor saxophone), Lee Griffiths (alto saxophone), James Owston (double bass), Euan Palmer (drums) and Eyituoyo Awala (piano) – known as The Xhosa Cole Quintet – treated the studio audience to classic works by renowned artists such as Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard and Dizzy Gillespie.

The ambitious project came to fruition as a result of Dr Nicolas Pillai, based in the institution’s Birmingham School of Media, who secured a prestigious Early Career Research Leadership Fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

He said the funding, worth nearly £170,000, is allowing him to look ahead to the future of music television, as well as considering its past:

“Producing ‘Jazz 1080’ has changed the way I think about television. As an academic, it’s tempting to stick with what you know – documents in the archive – but this project is teaching me that you can only really understand the creative decisions of the past through reliving them. Production meetings with our ex-BBC crew have convinced me that what ends up on screen depends upon the dynamic of those working behind the camera.

“Nothing prepares you for the intensity of the production gallery during a live shoot, as your director guides the cameras around musicians in complex choreography. When you’re recording this way, as live in the manner of ‘Jazz 625’, the crew are improvising with as much dexterity and imagination as the musicians.”

As well as giving Dr Pillai insight into the production processes of television, the project has offered Birmingham City University students the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals who instruct at the BBC Wood Norton training academy.

Across two days, undergraduates from Birmingham School of Media were taught the disciplines of working on a multi-camera set and the intricacies of sound recording, studio lighting and camera operation.

Understanding production techniques of the past will give these young media professionals an edge as they embark upon their careers, Dr Pillai suggested:

“For me, the most enjoyable aspect of the shoot was seeing our students leap into the unknown with such enthusiasm and energy. We asked a lot of them and they delivered with great professionalism. Our finished programme is a testament to their potential, as well as being a record of an exciting moment in the Birmingham jazz scene, personified by The Xhosa Cole Quintet.

“Ultimately, ‘Jazz 1080’ is a tribute to a way of working within light entertainment at the BBC. My hope is that our programme will turn the spotlight back onto a wonderful period of music television, when visionary producers like Terry Henebery changed the way that this country thought about jazz.”

‘Jazz 1080’ is one output of the larger AHRC-funded research project – ‘Jazz on BBC-TV 1960-1969’ – and is being facilitated by the Jazz Research cluster at Birmingham City University, which is led by Professors Nicholas Gebhardt and Tony Whyton, as well as Dr Nicolas Pillai.

Although only five years old, the cluster boasts more than 40 members, including 10 jazz researchers from across Birmingham School of Media and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, eight doctoral students and leaders of the regional jazz community, as well as additional academic partners at University of Warwick, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and University of Music and the Performing Arts Graz (Austria).

Town Hall Symphony Hall and The Phoenix Newspaper are pleased to announce their media partnership for the upcoming Take 6 concert on July 20th at Birmingham’s iconic Town Hall.

Ten time Grammy award winners Take 6 will make their welcome return to Birmingham when they perform at Birmingham Town Hall on 20 July for their only full UK show of 2018.

Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!”, Take 6 is the quintessential a cappella group and model for vocal genius. Audiences can look forward to hearing six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop.

With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a cappella group in the world.

Speaking about the partnership Daniel Riley, Assistant Editor of The Phoenix Newspaper said; "The Phoenix Newspaper is honoured to be Media Partners with THSH for Take 6's iconic return to Birmingham. We are the UK's only positive non-biased publication that is a staunch supporter of inclusion.

“Our ethos is to connect communities and inspire a new generation and we pride ourselves as being the only publication that is accepted in all churches and other faith-led establishments. “Our aim and objective is to showcase all that is good from all communities for a greater understanding of those around us, in particular the 53 nations that make up the Commonwealth, breaking down barriers where there should be none.

“This is why we know that The Phoenix Newspaper is the perfect vehicle for this event with our links and experience within the Entertainment industry through our sister publication Street Cred Magazine who has dealt with the likes of Destiny's Child, Quincy Jones, Puff Daddy, Teddy Riley, Whitney Houston, Lauren Hill, David Bowie and Iman to name a few, over the 21 years of its existence.

“Take 6 are a phenomenal force with 10 Grammy Awards under their belts, and we are looking forward to them bringing their amazing brand of a cappella, honed over 30+ years in the business to Birmingham.

“With legends like Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder not just as collaborators, but as friends and even mentors, this is one group that you would be crazy to miss out on. Make sure you get your tickets NOW for this fantastic evening!"

Since its inception 7 years ago, The Phoenix Newspaper has been championing unity and the connecting of communities, giving people a live and let live attitude with a non-biased approach to organisations, individuals and places.

The paper has a firm and steadfast commitment to promoting positive, objective and informative news and is dedicated to tackling the real issues that affect the multi-cultural communities in Birmingham, West Midlands, and nationwide.

Director of Sales and Marketing at Town Hall Symphony Hall, Richard Loftus said; “My first interaction with this national multicultural newspaper was at their seventh anniversary, where The Phoenix’s ability to bring people together was evident by the audience alone.

“I hope that with The Phoenix Newspaper’s support, this concert from Take 6 will do just that – bring people across Birmingham together through a cappella gospel music, so they can spread good news through song.”

Take 6 will perform at Town Hall on Friday 20 July at 7:30pm. Tickets are priced £28, including £3 ticket commission.

Tickets can be purchased via the THSH website, ,  by calling 0121 780 3333 or at Symphony Hall box office.

Following on from last year’s Standing Tall project surrounding Jack And The Beanstalk, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre announce an exciting new educational project for this year’s pantomime Sleeping BeautyDREAM BIG. The project is in partnership with Promise Dreams.

Last year, the Grand Theatre worked with over 400 participants from 20 community groups to create a Giant, which stood in the foyer and across two floors of the Grand Theatre for the duration of the pantomime.

This year the theatre has set out to engage with Primary Schools to deliver free creative writing workshops, led by performance poet and comedienne Emma Purshouse. Emma performs nationally and is a published author, writing for both adults and children.

As part of DREAM BIG, Emma will work with 10 primary schools alongside Grand Theatre Creative Learning Co-ordinator James Collins. Participants from each school will be guided by Emma to help write a short bedtime story or poem. All of the completed stories will be curated into a public exhibition at the Lighthouse Media Centre during the pantomime run and a select 30 stories will be published into a book which will be designed and printed by JPL Print & Design Ltd who sponsor the project.

JPL Print & Design Ltd have consistently delivered exceptional print material to SME’s and Bluechip companies for over 20 years. From humble beginnings of 2 staff, they have now grown to a team of 22 and have an impressive state of the art production facility in Halesowen.

Promise Dreams is a national charity that was launched in 2001 with the aim of making a real difference to children who are seriously or terminally ill. Every child has a dream and whatever it may be, the charity aim to make it come true. Thanks to the hard work, passion & enthusiasm of its supporters the charity has raised in excess of £3,000,000 and more than 1,800 very special children have seen their dreams come true.

James Collins said, “I’m delighted to give primary schools the opportunity to work with Emma and develop their writing skills. As a theatre, we aim to connect with the community in as many different ways as possible and this project will not only do that but will spark creativity in a way that is both fun and educational.”

This year marks a century since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women and all men in the UK to vote for the time.

The Representation of the People Act 1918 was the first to include women over 30 who held £5 of property, or who had husbands who did, in the political system.

In doing so, it extended the right to vote to millions of women and to celebrate this milestone the City of Wolverhampton Archives and Wolverhampton Art Gallery have put together an exhibition exploring how the new legislation changed people’s lives and how women in Wolverhampton played a significant part in the fight for their right to vote.

The exhibition features local Suffragette Emma Sproson as well as the movement’s key national leaders including Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett, who both visited Wolverhampton on a number of occasions.

The works on display show two different sides to women in the Victorian era. One depicts them as clean, healthy and well-fed, working in golden fields under a warm sun, and the other gives a more realistic picture of women’s experience of Victorian work, showing how the women fighting for suffrage also campaigned for other benefits including better workers’ rights, improved working conditions and the elimination of child labour.

Alongside photography, visitors will be able to see rare extracts from the diaries of Emma Sproson, which offer a first-hand account of her bravery. She was ridiculed and abused in the street, imprisoned and suffered violence, but never gave up the fight – indeed, she went on to become the first woman elected to Wolverhampton Borough Council in November 1921.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “The Suffragettes played a significant role in Wolverhampton’s history and supported the movement for better conditions personally and professionally.

“The exhibition is a celebration and I hope people will take the time to come along and learn about Wolverhampton’s past.”

The Fight for Women’s Equality is at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, until 4 July. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10.30am–4.30pm and Sunday from 11am–4pm. Admission is free. For more details, please visit