Sutton's reconfirmed Royal status was celebrated at our Royal Town Gala Concert on Saturday 17 November. Local dignitaries came together at the first Friends event of our second season to see internationally acclaimed acts perform.
Birmingham radio legend Les Ross MBE hosted the event, with the accomplished BMOS Musical Theatre Company performing show tunes from musicals including South Pacific and Carousel. Classical pianist and Director of the BCU International Piano Academy Di Xiao presented a demanding programme that included Debussy and Schubert and Birmingham-based strings ensemble Enigma similarly delighted us with a varied range of pieces.
Dignitaries present at the event included Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Paul Sabapathy CBE, Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor John Lines, the Lord Bishop of Birmingham the Right Reverend David Urquhart, Sutton MP Andrew Mitchell and Observer editor Gary Phelps.
We were also pleased to welcome Peter Longman, the chief executive of Sutton-based care management firm CM2000, which is one of our key sponsors. The event itself was kindly sponsored by Dignity Plc, to whom we are very grateful for their continued support.
Andrew Mitchell MP said the concert had been a great success, in the 'perfect setting'. As with all Friends events the proceeds raised will help us to preserve and maintain our beautiful church building.
You can see press coverage of the Royal Town Gala Concert by Sutton Observer here