Stellar line-up draws record breaking crowds to Under the Stars

17 August 2015 in Events and Mayor
This year’s Under the Stars, attracted more than 60,000 people to Central Park over the four day musical extravaganza – the highest number of visitors in the event’s 16 year history.
The annual event organised by Newham Council ended on Sunday night (16 August) with a scintillating fireworks display set to Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 and Goodwin’s Main Theme from 633 Squadron performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO).

The magnificent finale finished off two sets of much loved classical music performed by the RPO. Conductor Paul Bateman led the set list which included Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie overture, Chariots of Fire by Vangelis and I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles. The orchestra was also joined by tenor John Pierce and soprano Laura Wright who is the official anthem singer for the England Rugby team. The world class opera singers performed British classics including Jerusalem and Rule Britannia alongside the 50 strong orchestra.

A performance from the Every Child a Musician Stars Orchestra opened the night. The talented youngsters performed Gustav Holst’s The Planets Suite: Jupiter Theme and Igor Stravinsky’s finale from The Firebird Suite.

The previous three nights had seen a diverse line up of Bhangra beats, lovers rock and seventies soul. Saturday night saw seventies legends Hot Chocolate take to the Under the Stars stage with singer Kennie Simon belting out of their most famous hits including You Sexy Thing and Everyone’s a Winner. Earlier in the evening the crowds were treated to performances from Clem Curtis & The Foundations and Soul Legends.

Bhangra superstar Sukshinder Shinda topped the bill on Friday night when Central Park hosted the very best of Asian music. He was joined on the line-up by Jassi Sidhu, Hussnain Lahori, Rubayyat Jahan, Raja Kashif and all female dhol and dance group Eternal Taal.

The king of summertime hits Maxi Priest was the headline act for Thursday night performing his UK No.1 Close to You. The opening night also saw performances from Aswad who entertained the crowd with their hits Don’t Turn Around and Shine and the queen of lovers’ rock, Janet Kay, famous for her hit Silly Games.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: “I always look forward to Under the Stars and I am very proud that we are able to bring such world class entertainment to residents free of charge. This year’s event did not disappoint and it was great to meet so many people, young and old, from so many different backgrounds.

“Each year the event gets bigger and better, with people coming to Central Park, to celebrate, have fun and most importantly build the strong sense of community we are proud of in Newham. We want to continue to invest in events such as this as they have a positive impact on the community. With more government cuts on the way, as part of our Budget Challenge Consultation, we want to know what you think about events such as Under the Stars and other services. I think it is vital to invest in the things that residents tell us are important so your views are essential.”