Bandstand opera gig

Jane Schofield (left) and Charlotte Kinder (right) - Opera Events

Jane Schofield (left) and Charlotte Kinder (right) - Opera Events

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Blackpool’s famous Stanley Park Bandstand is set to swap its traditional ear-crunching rock for a more serene soundtrack next weekend.

Over the years the venue has gained a reputation for showcasing local rock bands but Sunday from 2.30pm will see opera take to the stage as Poulton-based company Opera Events hosts a classical summer special.

Acclaimed professional opera singer Charlotte Kinder, and her husband, international Welsh baritone David Kempster, will be performing well known and well loved opera and songs from the shows in their only Fylde Coast concert this summer.

Charlotte and school friend Jane Schofield set up Opera Events two years ago in a bid to bring quality classical music to a wider audience and have built up a strong following.

Charlotte said: “Over the years many of us have grown up with Stanley Park and the famous bandstand and it’s a great thrill to be playing there though this will be something very different.

“It would be great for people to support us and perhaps we’ll be able to make this a regular occurrence.”