The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is to play at Corby Town’s Steel Park ground in August, kicking off an ambitious three-year arts programme backed by £1m from Arts Council England.
The concert on Saturday, August 23, will launch the Made in Corby programme, a plan to get as many people as possible in the borough involved in the arts.
There will be 1,000 tickets for the concert and they go on sale on Wednesday (July 2), costing £15 and £5 for concessions.
Joining the orchestra, conducted by Anthony Weedon, will be jazz singer Barb Jungr, Corby choir Deep Roots and Tall Trees, lead by Gareth Fuller, and town band Head of Snakes.
The event will feature Long Live the Flame, a new song cycle for Corby, and additional music to be played by the orchestra has been chosen in collaboration with people from the town.
Simon Mutsaars, executive director of Groundwork Northamptonshire, which leads the Made in Corby consortium, said: “We are delighted to announce the first event and the launch of our three-year programme.
“We look forward to working with our community, business and arts partners to make a real difference for local people through this investment, and to inspire more local people than ever before to take the lead in experiencing, creating and taking part in high quality arts and cultural activities that are Made in Corby.
“I urge people not to miss this concert, or they will miss out on a rare treat.”
Steve Noble, new chairman of Corby Town, said: “There is already a tremendous amount of interest in the concert and I’m sure it’s going to be a big success.
“It’s all about engaging with the community and welcoming everyone here with open arms.”
The Arts Council funding has been awarded to Made in Corby as part of its Creative People and Places programme.
Peter Knott, area director for Arts Council England, said: “I look forward to seeing how the programme develops to give more people the opportunity to experience and enjoy great art, engaging those who otherwise might not have taken part.”
Tickets for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert can be booked by calling 01536 470470 or by visiting www.thecorecorby.com.