Famous Clients for Our Sound & Lighting Company

Famous Clients for Our Sound & Lighting Company

Trevor Wilkins, Director of Stage & Studio Services has some great plans for the sound and lighting at this year’s Proms & Prosecco in the Park…….and he’s worked with some very famous performers!

BBC Music Introducing

BBC Music Introducing

We’re delighted that BBC Music Introducing will be part of Proms & Prosecco in the Park in September and its great news for Olivia-Mai who is opening the event this year.

5 Minutes With Mary-Jess

5 Minutes With Mary-Jess

We wanted to know about how Mary-Jess found herself singing live on Chinese television and what it was like to record the theme song for Downton Abbey

Delicious Food and Drink Lined Up!

Delicious Food and Drink Lined Up!

We’ve got a huge array of bars and street food for you to enjoy at this year’s Proms & Prosecco in the Park from customised G&Ts to cocktails, mocktails, Thai street food, American soul food, pizza, handcrafed ice cream rolls, crepes craft ales and much, much more

A Chat with Tenor, Jack Foley

A Chat with Tenor, Jack Foley

Back by popular demand, tenor Jack Foley will be performing at this year’s Proms & Prosecco in the Park!

What is Fed Up February?

What is Fed Up February?

Fed Up February is designed to lift the spirits at the tail end of the cold winter months, when we are all feeling like Christmas was ages ago, and we cannot wait for Spring……..but will Spring ever come?!

The idea came from a friend, Roz, who every year hosts a ‘Fed Up February’ party in the village where she lives and its always in……yes, you’ve guessed it – February! The house is filled with music, food, family and friends and it always feels fun, cosy and uplifting.

So, our Fed Up February event is designed to capture that atmosphere and provide a welcome opportunity to meet with family and friends, share great food, listen to live music and enjoy a drink or two along the way.

Think of it like a pop up restaurant, where you get to sit at communal tables with your friends (or leave them behind and sit with someone else’s friends if they seem like more fun)!

We’ll be serving a fabulous 5 course menu of delicious Indian food prepared by the acclaimed cook and teacher, Lajina Leal of Lajina Masala. It’s a BYO (Bring Your Own) event where you bring your own drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic to share with your friends, or just enjoy with your meal.

All this is topped off by live Indian music from a fabulous sitar and tablar player.

Forget fine dining – this is fun dining!

Fed Up February is great food, great music, friends, drinks and good times!

Proms & Prosecco in the Park Returns for 2018

Proms & Prosecco in the Park Returns for 2018

Proms & Prosecco in the Park on 9th September 2016 was attended by around 1,600 Promenaders and it was so much fun that we’re doing it again in 2018!

Prom-goers were treated to performances from Alexandra Jayne, the Cosford Military Wives Choir, Prima Wind Quintet, Camerata of London Chamber Orchestra Amadeus Brass Quintet, tenor Jack Foley and soprano Emily Haig. Jack and Emily were joined by many of the other performers for a fabulous finale including all the Last Night of the Proms favourites, with flags waving, audience singing and lots of twinkling lights.

Feedback from audience members included:

“Just wanted to congratulate you and thank you for such a great evening at Chetwynd Deer Park on Saturday. A good time was had by all!”

“Congratulations on the success of your fabulous event. We loved every minute of it. Even with the weather it did not dampen the atmosphere. The people were all so lovely from the other stall holders, your staff, to the general public. Amazing atmosphere and we would definitely love to return next year.”

“Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon/evening, despite the rain. Excellently organised!”

“The talented entertainers off the stage were a brainwave and went down well with the many children as well as grown ups. We look forward to next year but will try harder with our picnic, compared with others ours was very lack lustre!”

Next year’s Proms & Prosecco in the Park takes place at Chetwynd Deer Park, Newport on Saturday 8th September and tickets are available now from www.fizzfestivals.com with early booking discounts available!

Celebrating the Fizz Festivals Brand

Celebrating the Fizz Festivals Brand

 

Out guest blogger, Kat of Sense Design, tells us more about the importance of branding and how she created the branding for Fizz Festivals.

"I have been running Sense Design since 2007, having decided to become self-employed so that I could build a business around raising my children.

At Sense Design I specialise in design for print but also work with clients on design for web. I have a particular passion for branding and typography and it is with regards to this that my business has really grown. I create clean yet dynamic designs and love working with clients to really understand their business and help them create their brand. I work with small and micro businesses as they begin their business journey but also have national clients including Maxi-Cosi and Unilever. 

Working with Sarah and Esther on their new venture, Fizz Festivals, has been a dream come true. It has been a joy working with such dynamic entrepreneurs on their new and exciting venture. I have loved being part of their team from the beginning - from concept to full in-depth fulfilment of branded products and marketing materials.

So what is branding and what was the process I went through with Sarah and Esther to create the Fizz Festivals brand?

It is important to understand just how vital branding is to a business and that branding extends far beyond a logo but reaches out to the whole customer experience.  

Sarah and Esther understood from the beginning that their Fizz Festivals brand would define the way in which their customers would perceive them and they had to get it right. The Fizz Festivals brand was well thought out and planned strategically and I am very proud of it.

 What should a good brand do?

       ·       Promotes recognition;

·       Sets you apart from the competition;

·       Reflects the core values of the business;

·       Provides motivation and direction for the business and its staff;

·       Generates referrals and builds trust;

·       Shows customers what to expect;

·       Represents your promise to your customer;

·       Helps connect with your customers emotionally;

·       Enables your business to have longevity.

 I am very much looking forward to continuing working with Sarah and Esther. Right now, though, I am counting down the days until their first event, Proms & Prosecco in the Park! "

  

Facebook @sensedesignandprint

Email kat@sense-design.co.uk

Tel 07540 242762

Proms & Prosecco in the Park - Frequently Asked Questions

Proms & Prosecco in the Park - Frequently Asked Questions

Fizz Festivals is proud to be presenting the first Proms & Prosecco in the Park on 9th September 2017. Here we've answered some of the most popular questions about the event, but if you've got a question that we haven't covered, then please just email us at hello@fizzfestivals.com

Can I bring my dog to Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

Unfortunately, as much as we love our furry friends, dogs are not permitted at this event. Assistance dogs are permitted.

Are BBQ’s allowed at Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

Firepits, BBQ’s and naked flames are not permitted at this event. You are very welcome to set the scene with a candelabra on your table if you like, but please ensure that only LED candles are used.

Can I bring a gazebo, mini-marquee, or tent to Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

Temporary structures of any type are not permitted at this event for safety reasons

Can I bring my own drinks and alcohol to Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

You are very welcome to bring your own drinks, including alcohol, to accompany your picnic. Glass containers are permitted and we ask that glass is disposed of carefully in the bins provided. We would also encourage you to also support our local traders by purchasing food and drink from our food stalls and bar.

Do I have to stay for all of Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

No, not at all. You can stay for all of the afternoon and evening or just for some of the event, or leave the event and return later if you like. A wristband will be issued once your ticket has been scanned by our staff. Re-admittance will be permitted to those with a wristband.

Can I walk to Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

Yes, the pedestrian entrance to Chetwynd Deer Park will be open at Pool Lodge on Chetwynd Road. It is a short walk up a small incline from this entrance. We do ask that you avoid parking on Chetwynd Road or on Deer Park Drive.

Is parking available at Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

There is ample free parking available on site. The vehicle access is the main entrance to Chetwynd Deer Park off Edgmond Road. Please use postcode TF10 8EU if using a sat nav. Please follow the signage to the car parks and park as directed by our marshals. We will be using car parks on the lower part of the site, meaning its not too far to carry tables and chairs! You are welcome to leave your car overnight, but please note this is at your own risk and all cars must be collected between 9am and 10am on Sunday 10th September.

Will there be a big screen showing the Last Night of the Proms live from the BBC?

Proms & Prosecco in the Park is not a live screening of the Last Night of the Proms from the BBC. There are only 4 such screenings around the UK in major cities. Proms & Prosecco in the Park is a live music event featuring music from soloists, choirs, quartets and quintets, with all of the favourites from the Last Night of the Proms.

Is Proms & Prosecco in the Park suitable for families?

Absolutely, the event is suitable for all generations. Tickets for under 13’s are free of charge, but please note that you do still need to order a ticket for children under 13. All children must be accompanied by an adult and we have lots of activities for children as well as acres of space for them to run around and stretch their legs! We encourage you to get a big family group together as there will be something for everyone!

Will there be fireworks at Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

This event does not have fireworks.

 Can I bring a table and chairs to Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

This is an outdoor event with no seating provided, so please do bring your own seating. We are encouraging everyone to bring picnic blankets, table, chairs and any home comforts to help you settle in for a relaxing afternoon and evening.

What happens if it rains at Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

In the Great British spirit, Proms & Prosecco in the Park will go ahead regardless of the weather! It is an outdoor event, so please bring clothing suitable for the weather. Wellies, brollies and anoraks will be useful if it’s raining, but hopefully it will be sun hats and sun creams that are required!

Is Proms & Prosecco in the Park suitable for people with a mobility issue or disability?

Yes, it is. We have disabled parking right next to the seating area and the ground is very flat. You are welcome to pick the best spot for you to enjoy the event, whether that’s close to the stage, car park, toilets or food stalls. Our friendly marshals will be very happy to provide any other assistance that is required. If you need more information in advance of the event, or if you have any questions, please contact us on hello@fizzfestivals.com or 01952 482005.

What time does Proms & Prosecco in the Park start?

The gates to Chetwynd Deer Park will open at 2pm and the live music begins at 3pm. The event is scheduled to finish at 9pm, so there is still time to get home and see the finale of Last Night of the Proms on TV!

How do I use my e-ticket for Proms & Prosecco in the Park?

·         Simply print the tickets that were sent via email when you placed your order

·         The e-ticket is all you will need to gain entry to the event. Please treat your ticket like cash! Keep it safe and don’t let it get wet.

·         Your e-ticket will be scanned when you arrive at the event to gain entry.

·         Tickets will only scan once. If they are duplicated or presented for a second time, they will not work and staff will be alerted that fraudulent use has occurred. Only the first scan of a ticket will be valid.

·         Whilst we are able to scan e-tickets stored on mobile phones, we strongly advise you to print your tickets in advance as wifi connection cannot be guaranteed at the event and it is your responsibility to present a valid e-ticket. Sometimes, screen covers, scratched or damaged screens will prevent the e-ticket from being read by our scanners, so a printed ticket really is best!

Is Proms & Prosecco in the Park an annual event?

We certainly hope so! The event is in its first year, so we are very much hoping that it will prove to be really popular and we can bring the event to Newport every year to mark the Last Night of the Proms.

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Chetwynd Deer Park - The Perfect Location for Proms & Prosecco in the Park

Chetwynd Deer Park - The Perfect Location for Proms & Prosecco in the Park

Fizz Festivals visited many venues around Shropshire and Staffordshire to find the perfect location to hold a classical music festival based on the Last Night of the Proms, and it was Chetwynd Deer Park which stole our hearts!

Situated on the outskirts of Newport, Shropshire, Chetwynd Deer Park has more than 100 acres of rolling parkland, with its own lake and a wealth of stunning trees and wildlife. The park’s history can be traced back as far as the Domesday Book. In fact, it is thought to have been the home of Lady Godiva at one point.

But Chetwynd Deer Park’s connection with significant historical figures doesn’t stop there. It is believed that King Charles I stayed in Chetwynd Manor within the grounds of Chetwynd Deer Park in 1645.

In the 19th century, the park was filled with deciduous trees including oak, beech, wych, elm, horse chestnuts and Spanish chestnuts, and some crab apples. These magnificent trees create a truly magical atmosphere which is even more enchanting at dusk. Chetwynd Deer Park is also home to an array of wildlife including shoveler, wigeon, goosander all three species of woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, raven, and buzzard.

But, on 9th September, Chetwynd Deer Park, considered to be one of the finest showgrounds in the country, will also be home to an array of outstanding musicians and vocalists, performing music reminiscent of the Last Night of the Proms. The park will be filled with families and groups of friends enjoying picnics, delicious food, children’s activities, three bars and of course, fabulous music.

Chetwynd Deer Park is easily accessible from Newport, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Wolverhampton, Eccleshall and Stafford and is just off the A41. Its well known as the venue for the annual Newport Show and is often referred to as 'Newport Showground' for this reason. With ample free parking for everyone, as well as pedestrian access for those travelling on foot from Newport, it’s the perfect setting for Proms & Prosecco in the Park. After all, if its good enough for Charles I it’s good enough for us!

Final acts added to line up for Proms & Prosecco in the Park

Final acts added to line up for Proms & Prosecco in the Park

Alexandra Jayne is the latest performer to join the line up for Shropshire's classical music festival. Alexandra Jayne, originally from Ketley, is a classically trained singer who has performed to audiences across the UK as well as supporting A-list singer-songwriter James Blunt on tour. But, on September 9 she will return to Shropshire to perform at the Proms and Prosecco in the Park.

Also announced this week are two other acts; acclaimed pianist and musical director David Lane, who has a 40-year career in national tours and well-known West End musicals, including Singing in the Rain and the Cosford Military Wives Choir.

These three acts complete the sparkling concert line-up which will be headlined by British soprano Emily Haig. There will also be performances from Royal Opera tenor singer Jack Foley and national acts include a string quartet from the Camerata of London chamber orchestra, Amadeus Brass Quintet and Prima Wind Quintet, a five-piece group from Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music.

From the outset Proms and Prosecco in the Park has been planned as a really inclusive event for spectators and performers alike. From top national acts to local choirs and up and coming artists we’re providing a stage for everyone and we are thrilled to have such a fantastic mix of performers attending the event.

Alexandra Jayne has been crafting her own distinctive style since learning to play the guitar in her late teens, recalls kickstarting her music career by playing regular gigs at the Royal Naval Association Club in Newport as well as local pubs in Newport and throughout Shropshire. Since then the former St Dominic's Brewood pupil has gone on to perform across the UK – including a supporting slot for James Blunt who heralded Alexandra’s voice as ‘really beautiful and easily identifiable’ when she appeared on his ‘Moon Landing’ tour in Birmingham.

Alexandra Jayne currently works for a recording label in London as well as being a professional singer-songwriter and recently reached the final of Unsigned Singer Songwriter UK. Her music has been featured live on BBC Radio and her latest single ‘No Goodbye’, will be released later this year on Spotify and iTunes.

Alexandra said she was particularly delighted to be performing at Proms and Prosecco in the Park. She said: “For me, this will be an entirely new experience. I have never played at a unique event like this before. “Whilst I love performing all over the UK there is something really special about performing in front of a home-crowd and Newport is a place very close to my heart. I’ve always received lots of support from the town - right from the early days when I was just starting out and for that reason I’m really looking forward to it.” “I’m excited to be a part of such a great line-up of musicians and the venue is absolutely stunning. I’m sure it’s going to be a spectacular day for everyone.”

Proms and Prosecco in the Park will be a fabulous occasion showcasing music reminiscent of the Last Night of the Proms. We’re sure by the end of the evening everyone will be on their feet and waving their Union Jack flags in unison.

Gates open at 2pm and the live music will start at 4pm and finish at 9pm. However, tickets are available by advanced purchase only until the end of August, at www.fizzfestivals.com. Earlybird tickets, saving 35% are available until 31st July.