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Ahead of the school summer holidays Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) is releasing more free tickets for Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure. Dippy on Tour is brought to you by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston
The popular exhibition, which showcases the 292-piece skeleton cast from the Natural
History Museum, has already had over 75,000 visitors in Birmingham.
Today thousands of extra free tickets have been released which can be booked online
Booking tickets is recommended to guarantee entry, but walk up spaces will also
be available. Visitors without pre-booked tickets are advised they may need to wait
during busier times.
Gurminder Kenth, Museum Manager at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery said: “The people of Birmingham have truly taken Dippy to their hearts and it has been amazing to see so many visitors enjoying the exhibition.
“This is an once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Dippy in Birmingham and we want to make sure as many people as possible get the chance to visit. That’s why we are releasing extra free tickets for the rest of the run and we can’t wait to welcome more even more dino fans over the summer.”
The region has been welcoming Dippy to Birmingham. Giant Diplodocus footprints
were placed on walkways near the museum for the exhibition launch by regional
sponsors Paradise Birmingham.
A trail of topiary dinosaurs has also been placed around the city centre by Retail Bid
Birmingham. Visitors can pick up a map at BMAG and continue their prehistoric
journey around the city to track down all 10 topiary dinosaurs, learning
fun facts as they go. Cadbury World has also celebrated Dippy’s stay in Birmingham by creating a chocolate Diplodocus weighing in at almost 30kg – the equivalent of 667 bars of standard Cadbury Dairy Milk. The creation, which hatched out of a giant chocolate egg,
took two chocolatiers two days to bring to life and can now be seen at BMAG.
As well as seeing the famous dino, visitors to the exhibition can learn about how Dippy might have been the end of the line for herbivorous dinosaurs but the meat-eating dinosaurs continued to evolve– birds are dinosaurs. Bringing Birmingham’s colourful bird collection back to BMAG for the first time in nearly 20 years, the exhibition showcases
the amazing diversity of modern birds and how they evolve d to become one of the
world’s most successful groups of animals.
Throughout the summer there will also be fun Dippy related activities at the museum to
enjoy. There’s the Dippy family room with the chance to dress up and play, the Dino Dig
where children can have a go at being a palaeontologist, curator’s tour, crafts and trails.
And there is even a Dino Children’s Menu in the Edwardian Tearooms to keep little ones fuelled. The fun isn’t just for kids, with activities and events for adults including dinosaur and tote bag printing and a range of thought-provoking talks.
There’s even a chance to have a cocktail with Dippy at an afterhours event on 26th July.

Town Hall Symphony Hall has announced the initial line-up for the Symphony Hall: Inside Out festival.

Building on the success of last year’s festival, Symphony Hall: Inside Out will now run over two days; from 5pm on Friday 20th July until 10pm on Saturday 21st July.

The free two day festival will see Symphony Hall turn itself ‘inside out’, producing unexpected sounds in unexpected spaces. With performances and activities taking place across all corners of the venue, visitors will be able to experience Symphony Hall in a completely different way.

The festivities begin at 5pmwith a special edition of Friday Night Jazz in the Symphony Hall Café Bar courtesy of Tom Hill’s Jazz Funk Machine.

Kicking off the festival’s Loading Dock stage in style is costume clad trio, GorillaBot , with their unique funk-rock sound. Fronting the band is Ben Bot, an all-singing, all-dancing (literally), guitar-wielding robot. Dressed in a high viz vest and what appears to be chef’s trousers, Ben Bot is straight out of a Frank Zappa inspired fantasy. Slapping the bass is El Bajo, a Mexican wrestler bringing bass riffs thicker than a Kit Kat chunky. And lastly, we have J’Rilla, raining down beats like its monsoon season.

Birmingham’s original street food event Digbeth Dining Club will be serving a whole host of culinary delights from Symphony Hall's Bay C car park, on Friday evening and from lunchtime on Saturday! The multi-award winning Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) has changed the face of Birmingham's alternative food scene since it started in 2012. A regular fixture at festivals and large-scale events, DDC will ensure festival-goers don’t go hungry!

After an incredibly popular secret orchestra pit drum and bass session at last year’s festival, Birmingham based DJ and producer HEADGEAR will make a welcome return with funk and soul beats throughout the weekend.

Digbeth Arts Market will be joining us with five of their talented local artists from 10am on Saturday, as they create stunning art across the Box Office windows and foyer glass panels. Keep an eye out on levels 4 and 5 where you’ll find artists creating a jaw-dropping 3 metre long street art spectacular on the Symphony Hall glass panels!

Ever wondered what it feels like to conduct an orchestra? Well now festival-goers can. Birmingham-based community orchestra, The People’s Orchestra, will be holding interactive sessions on Saturday giving children a chance to try their hand at conducting a live orchestra playing tunes from their favourite films!

Staying true to form, we’re turning our VIP lounge ‘inside out’ to create a silent disco complete with a DJ for just one day only. No fancy furniture, no restricted access, no need to dress up. Everyone is welcome to grab a set of headphones, and bop along!

Other highlights on Saturday include Dressing Room Discoveries; enter the backstage world of our Symphony Hall dressing rooms with our immersive themed rooms; there’s the aristocracy room, futuristic room and forest room – which one will you choose?; acoustic performances throughout the day from local musicians, a kids’ cinema showing a selection of family-friendly films and special performances for our younger audiences in the Loading Dock.

Fresh from representing Birmingham at the Commonwealth Closing Ceremony, rapper Lady Sanity will be hosting a takeover in the Orchestra Pit – one not to miss!

On Saturday evening the Symphony Hall Loading Dock will play host to an eclectic group of bands; Muntchako will be bringing their universal rhythms mixed with electronic beats, guitars, samples and synthesisers; also joining us are Leeds-based 7-piece Têtes de Pois who will be mixing jazz, Afrobeat, hip-hop, and neo-soul – relaxed grooves and silvery horns setting you up perfectly for a Saturday night.

Toks Dada, Programme Co-ordinator at Town Hall, Symphony Hall said;

“Music should be available to as many people as possible and what better place to experience that than at Symphony Hall. You’ll get to see areas of the building that you don’t normally get to see and hear a whole mix of music including classical and jazz, through to hip-hop, neo-soul and afrobeat.  And best of all it’s free to attend!”

TV’s Catherine Tyldesley and Tom Lister were just two of the famous faces welcomed back to Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as part of the institution’s annual Prize-Giving ceremony.

The two soaps stars, both Royal Birmingham Conservatoire graduates, were awarded Honorary Fellowships from the music and acting college, while alumnus Corey Campbell was given an Honorary Membership.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has a long and established tradition of awarding Honorary Fellowships and Memberships at the end of each academic year. Honorary Fellowships are given to those who act as an inspiration for the University’s students, as examples of people who have forged an outstanding career in music, acting and the related arts.

Alongside alumni Catherine and Tom, Honorary Fellowships were also awarded to singer Christine Cairns, jazz composer and musician Nikki Iles, double bassist and luthier Thomas Martin and Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang.

Graduating from Birmingham School of Acting in 2006 – the School merged with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017 – actor Catherine Tyldesley is best known for her multiple-award-nominated portrayal of Eva Price on ‘Coronation Street’, a part she has played since 2011.

Catherine Tyldesley said:

“My training at Birmingham School of Acting was priceless. I use the techniques I learned there every day as a working actor. The tuition was second to none and I remain ever grateful for the time and belief the tutors invested in me. A life changing experience.

I’m truly honoured to be receiving this fellowship. Something I’ll hold dear always “

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire students compete for a varied range of prizes over the course of the academic year and the annual Prize-Giving ceremony also provides the opportunity for them to be formally presented with these awards.

Following a reception in The Organ Hall at the new £57 million college, the ceremony took place in The Bradshaw Hall in front of a gathered audience and overseen by its Principal, Professor Julian Lloyd Webber and Professor Stephen Simms, Vice Principal – Acting.

Appearing in between performances of current West End smash ‘42nd Street’ was actor Tom Lister, who played Carl King on ITV’s ‘Emmerdale’ for nine years from 2004. Since graduating from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2001, Tom has appeared in various screen and stage productions, while also raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity by carrying out extreme sporting challenges.

Tom Lister said:

“I am so proud to say that I trained at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, or Birmingham School of Speech and Drama as it was once known when I studied there. I arrived through the doors on day one literally knowing nothing and not professing to have any plans other than to learn. Over the course of three years I soaked up all the skills and experience the tutors had to offer and I am fortunate enough to say that I was able to go out into the industry and put all those lessons to work.

“There is a lot in this industry that confounds me as to why some people are successful and some equally talented people are not. But one of the most valuable lessons I have learnt from studying in Birmingham and working for the last 15 years, is that hard work, skill and perseverance – with a little sprinkling of good fortune – will get you a long way. Oh, and be nice; it costs nothing and makes you a lot easier to work with.”

An Honorary Membership is awarded to graduates of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire who have achieved notable success in the music, theatre, screen or broadcast profession in the early years after graduation. Composer and co-founder of the Young Composers Project, Kirsty Devaney, and founder of theatre company Strictly Arts, Birmingham-born Corey Campbell, were both recipients this year.

Corey Campbell said:

“My career journey and achievements to date are testament to Birmingham School of Acting and the late David Vann in particular. I am one of the students who started on the part time courses and travelled through until graduating from the BA Acting course. The passion and vision instilled in me has never left me till this day.

“I continue to aspire to achieve further successes as Artistic Director of Strictly Arts, and I am proud to continue this exciting journey with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as Honorary Member.”

Part of Birmingham City University, the new state-of-the-art Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is a unique contemporary building, incorporating five public performance spaces including a new 500 seat concert hall for orchestral training and performance, a purpose-built organ studio and private rehearsal and practice rooms.

Opening last year as the first purpose built conservatoire in the UK since 1987, the institution is the only one of its kind in the country designed for the demands of the digital age.

Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and constructed by Galliford Try using 400,000 bricks, the new Conservatoire is located alongside Millennium Point, adjacent to Jennens Road in the Eastside region of Birmingham. The development has been made possible in partnership with Millennium Point and Birmingham City Council.

The music and drama academy now sits just metres away from Birmingham City University’s wealth of media and recording facilities, including four TV studios and Europe’s largest static green screen.

Today, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre released rehearsal images for Amanda Whittington’s LADIES’ DAY. The hit comedy, produced entirely by the Grand Theatre is being rehearsed in the city and opens on 13 July running for just over two weeks until 28 July.

The play stars Cheryl Fergison as Jan, Deena Payne as Pearl, Emma Rigby as Shelly, Roisin O’Neill as Linda and Sean McKenzie in multiple roles. The production also stars Tony Christie, who’s music has featured in the production since it first premiered in 2005. Now, exclusively for the Wolverhampton production, the legendary singer will appear in person in the production.

LADIES’ DAY follows four fish factory workers on a day out at the races, will their fortunes change when they head to Ladies’ Day at Wolverhampton Racecourse? Not only is the champagne spilled but a lot of secrets too!

The Arcadian, one of Birmingham’s leading leisure and nightspots, is looking forward to a sizzling summer of events as it prepares to welcome three city festivals.

The destination, which boasts 24 restaurants, clubs and bars, is kicking off a summer of fun with the annual Latin American Festival this Sunday (July 1).

The 23rd festival will see international artists and bands performing, plus dance shows showcasing the very best rumba, Brazilian samba and Argentine tango, as well as carnival dance shows. Visitors can also perfect their moves by taking part in dance and Zumba workshops. The event, which takes place between 11am and 7pm is  free and there will be plenty of food and handicrafts on sale.

This is followed by the Summer in Southside on July 14 and 15, which will see the Arcadian hosting a number of activities with organiser The Birmingham Hippodrome. The two-day festival will see the area transformed into a playground with traditional funfair rides and retro games. As well as theatrical events, including The Fabularium, which is a storytelling, puppetry and outdoor theatre group, there will be craft workshops, family activities and independent food stalls.

And from July 20-29, the Arcadian is looking forward to welcoming eight artists as part of the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival. On Saturday, July 21, it hosts three bands: Chase Jazzmen at 4pm, while Strictly Jitterbug will be performing at the Ibis Birmingham New Street Station Hotel, Ladywell Walk, at 5pm. Blue Silk will be playing at Olivia’s Townhouse at 6pm.

On Friday, July 27, the Ibis plays host to French band Les Zauto Stompers de Paris, and on the penultimate day of the festival on July 28, Ukulele Rocks will be at the Ibis at 2pm, C-Jam will play at The Arcadian at 4pm, and David Moore Blues Band will be at Olivia’s Townhouse at 8pm.

Jo Kinsella, centre manager of the Arcadian, which is owned and managed by commercial property and investment company LCP, said: “We’re very excited to playing our part in hosting some amazing artists this summer as part of a packed schedule of activities in the city centre.

“We can guarantee a carnival atmosphere for all the family and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone, whether they are here to dine, drink or stay.”

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."