‘Summer Streets’ music festival to liven up Sunderland

The Great North Passion at South Shields Bents Park'Alexandra Burke
The Great North Passion at South Shields Bents Park'Alexandra Burke
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MUSICIANS will spring into action to celebrate the region’s music scene.

Summer Streets music festival will bring together choirs, brass bands, string quartets, folk groups and young bands in July.

The event, organised by The Cultural Spring, has been organised to honour community music and local musicians in Sunderland and South Tyneside.

A meeting to discuss the event will take place later this afternoon at Pop Recs Ltd, Fawcett Street, in the city centre.

Organisers, including artistic director Ross Millard, will brief those hoping to get involved about what is taking place.

Rebecca Ball, director of The Cultural Spring, said: “Our ambition is to celebrate Sunderland and South Tyneside’s thriving music scene and rich musical heritage.

“We are inviting local musicians – whether they play folk, rock, classical or any other style – to join us at Pop Recs to find out more about our ideas and help shape the plans for the event. We are thrilled to be working with Ross Millard on Summer Streets.” The Cultural Spring is a £2million Arts Council-funded scheme working in five wards in Sunderland and another five in South Tyneside.

It was the brains behind The Great North Passion, which attracted thousands of people to Bents Park, South Shields, at the weekend, to retell the last moments of the life of Jesus Christ, and was broadcast live on BBC1.