THE BBC’s Biggest Weekend Fringe festival in Coventry will bring additional delight this summer – including War Horse: The Story in Concert at the cathedral.
The Biggest Weekend’s star-studded line-up is already offering Liam Gallagher, the Stereophonics, Paloma Faith and many more.
But as part of its Fringe Festival, the city will play host to the BBC Concert Orchestra’s production of War Horse on May 18.
In the centenary year marking the end of the First World War, the Story in Concert will be captured in music and narrated by special guests such as Simon Callow.
Michael Morpurgo’s celebrated story has seen huge success at the National Theatre in London only this time Adrian Sutton’s acclaimed score will depict the horrors of the Western Front at Coventry’s Cathedral.
The BBC have announced only 75 pairs of tickets are available for the concert.
The Concert Family Orchestra and Chorus will also stage a special performance with musical families on May 19.
It offers a chance for families to make music together, joining members of the orchestra in a ‘series of fun, family-friendly workshops’ – regardless of ability.
The festival will also feature BBC Radio Two presenter, Jeremy Vine, who will reminisce on his years spent in the city in his ‘Sent Back to Coventry’ lecture on May 21.
This will be followed by Radio Two’s Sara Cox who, on May 22, will chat with special guests about the Biggest Weekend and Coventry’s future as UK City of Culture 2021.
There will also be a chance for Coventry’s home-grown acts to showcase their talents with the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire team on the final day of the festival (May 23).
The Biggest Weekend festival itself will take place on the May Bank Holiday – May 27 and 28 – at the War Memorial Park.
With a combination of household names and local talent, the concert will be a celebration of Coventry’s musical diversity and newly acquired status as UK City of Culture.
You can apply for tickets to War Horse here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/date/bw_warhorse