Spectacular Summer Entertainment in Regent’s Park
In addition to the Regent’s Park Music Festival on the two Bandstands there are many entertainment opportunities for visitors to the Park to enjoy.
REGENT’S PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL:
1) BANDSTAND CONCERTS
The 6th annual Bandstand Festival will take place on the Holme Green Bandstand every Sunday afternoon and Bank Holiday Monday from 18 June to 17 September. Every Saturday from 17 June to 16 September there will be “Jazz on the Broadwalk” on the Broadwalk Bandstand (Rustic shelter), near the Broadwalk Café.
These free concerts draw audiences of up to 1000 people for each performance. In 2022, 20,000 people listen to the Bandstand music. Performances will last all afternoon from 12.00 to 17.00 on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday, and 14:00 to 16:00 on Saturdays. Programmes will be varied and include local Concert Bands, Jazz Big Bands, small groups, and Choirs – entertainment perfect for your summer picnics and outings. Enjoy music at the Park’s bandstand or Broadwalk Bandstand from the comfort of a deck chair (available to hire) or on a blanket with your picnic.
OPERA BRAVA – 2 PERFORMANCES
Puccini’s La Bohème Sunday 18 June, 6:30to 9.00pm
Opera Brava, Britain’s leading outdoor touring Opera Company, will put on a performance of Puccini’s La Bohème in the open air on the Nannie’s Lawn, next to the Open-Air theatre. . Be thrilled by some of the greatest arias ever written when Rodolfo serenades his new love Mimi and Musetta stuns their friends with her coquettish singing. Bring your picnic and chairs for an amazing evening.
COST: £45 for adults and £12 for children. Friends receive a free programme worth £5. 500 places BOOKING: use link: https://operabrava.com/opera-brava-venues-2021.html#s
Rossini’s Barber of Seville Sunday 6 August, 6:30 to 9.00pm
Here’s another chance to watch opera in the open air in the intimate outdoor setting of The Nannie’s Lawn. This fantastic production by Bronek Pomorski brings out the “champagne fizz” of the music and will capture your heart as Count Almaviva aided by his good friend Figaro manages to woo his love Rosina away from her wicked guardian Dr Bartolo. Bring your picnic and chairs for another amazing evening.
COST: £45 for adults and £12 for children. Friends receive a free programme worth £5 500 places
BOOKING: use link: https://operabrava.com/opera-brava-venues-2021.html#s5.
THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN’S MEN
Romeo and Juliet
Saturday 12 August, 5:30pm 2 hours including interval.
The St. John’s Lodge Garden provides the stunning backdrop to this production of Romeo & Juliet performed by the magnificently talented Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Be transported to Verona whilst sitting in the tranquillity of our ‘secret’ garden. This special event is not to be missed. Chairs provided. COST: £20 for Friends members, £25 for non-members. 400 places.
BOOKING: use link: https://tlcm.co.uk/production/st-johns-lodge-garden-regents-park/
A MAGICAL MUSICAL EVENING
Orchestra for the Earth & Soloists
Sunday 13 August 5:30 to 8 pm
What could be more wonderful than hearing Vaughan William’s “Lark Ascending” or a Mozart overture in the “Secret Garden”? The St. John’s Lodge Garden provides a stunning backdrop to an evening of divine music. The Orchestra for the Earth conducted by John Warner will accompany Soprano and Tenor soloists singing famous opera arias, and violin, clarinet and horn soloists will play musical items, many of which you will know and love.
COST: £35 for Friends members, £40 for non-members. 400 places
BOOKING: use link https://www.orchestrafortheearth.co.uk/events/a-magicalevening-
2) FRIENDS OF REGENT’S PARK & PRIMROSE HILL
End of Season Party- Bollywood on the Broadwalk
Sunday 24 September 2:00- 5;00pm
The Friends will bring Bollywood to the Broadwalk in a fabulous afternoon of music, song, dance and food. Join in the fun, bring a picnic, and get into the spirit of the day that will be a fitting end to the summer’s Regent’s Park Music festival. Bollywood dancers, a dhol drum, colourful saris, mendhi artist…the stage is set for a wonderful day out suitable for the whole family. Just pitch up the Broadwalk and be prepared to be entertained in full Bollywood style. No need to book. Unlimited places.
3) OPEN AIR THEATRE
The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has developed a reputation for creating world-class productions, and its outdoor setting in Regent’s Park is guaranteed to make every theatre visit a truly unique experience
The 2023 season opens in May with Once on this Island-A Musical from 10 May to 10 June followed by Robin Hood-The Legend Re-written from 12 June to 22 July. The season concludes with La Cage Aux Folles from 29 July to 16 September. There is also a series of children’s performances starting with Every Leaf a Hallehujah from 22 May to 10 June, followed by The Tempest-re-imagined for everyone six and over. The children’s season ends with Dinosaur World Live from 11 August to 3 September. With so much on offer, why not make 2023 the year you discover theatre beneath the stars.
Go to www.openairtheatre.com for information on programme and tickets
4) ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC
The Royal Academy of Music is situated in Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, but part of the Academy’s campus is in Regent’s Park. It is the oldest conservatoire in the UK, founded in 1822.
The Academy provides undergraduate and postgraduate training across instrumental performance, composition, jazz, musical theatre and opera, and recruits musicians from around the world, with a student community representing more than 50 nationalities. It is committed to lifelong learning, from its Junior Academy, which trains musicians up to the age of 18, through the Open Academy community music projects, to performances and educational events for all ages.
The Academy has concerts almost daily during term times September- December, January- March, April-June. The concerts are open to the public and many are inexpensive costing £5 to £10. More information about the academy, its programme and performances can be
found at www.ram.ac.uk.
5) ENGLISH FOLK SONG AND DANCE SOCIETY
Founded in 1932 to promote English folk music and folk dance. It became a charity in 1963. Based at the Cecil Sharp house on the fringes of Regent’s Park, the English Folk Song and Dance Society is the spiritual home of English traditional music. They teach all aspects of dance including Morris, Scottish, Ceilidh and Barn and much more. They arrange music and dance for youth and disabled as well as regular music and dance events.
For more information go to https://www.efdss.org/
6) MARYLEBONE MUSIC FESTIVAL
All Festival events from 22nd-25th June will take place in Manchester Square Gardens, a private Garden in the heart of central London, which will be transformed into a covered and well-ventilated concert venue.
An eclectic programme opens on 22nd June with Hans Zimmer VS John Williams, the Orion Symphony Orchestra will perform the very best scores from the two greatest film composers of the 20th Century: On Friday 23rd June the very popular concert ‘Beethoven in the Gardens’ returns with a performance of Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony the ‘Eroica’ – Conducted by Nicholas Daniel : Chamber Music performances The Royal Academy of Music young artists; comedian and broadcaster Sue Perkins will conduct the popular children’s classic, Peter and the Wolf, with Robert Rinder Narrating.
On Saturday 24th June ‘A Night at the Opera’ is back by popular demand with Soloists from the Royal Opera House, conducted by Toby Purser: followed by the Marylebone Music Festival Banquet hosted by the Wallace Collection Restaurant. Sunday 25th June will include ‘Mozart Mass in the Gardens’: Marylebone Music Festival’s Antique Roadshow with BBC’s Adam Partridge and performances from The Royal Band of the Welsh Guards.
Go to www.marylebonemusicfestival.com for more information on programme and tickets
7) ST MARYLEBONE CHURCH FESTIVAL
St Marylebone Parish Church welcomes back their annual music festival
This year they are spreading their concerts over the year. There will be 7 concerts in 2023, 19 March, 2 April, 25 April, 7 May, 4 June 2 July & 6 August. Several organ recitals, the Jonathan Dove Opera Mansfield Park (based on the book by Jane Austen) , Stainer’s Crucifixion and a Debussy and Wagner concert.
For more information on times and performers for each concert and to buy your tickets, go to: https://www.stmarylebonefestival.com/