Gallery: Hundreds enjoy a weekend of music at this year’s Midsummer Music Fest
09:00 26 June 2014
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A talented assortment of musicians played for the public in a two-day festival.
12-year-old Jasmine Elcock. Picture: Redbridge Green Fair Music Club
Linda Em. Picture: Redbridge Green Fair Music Club
Playing Rapunzel. Picture: Redbridge Green Fair Music Club
Ryan Green. Picture: Redbridge Green Fair Music Club
Struck Twelve. Picture: Redbridge Green Fair Music Club
Ten String Fever. Picture: Redbridge Green Fair Music Club
The Shades. Picture: Redbridge Green Fair Music Club
The Tea Project. Picture: Redbridge Green Fair Music Club
The Redbridge Midsummer Music Fest 2014 showcased young and older musical talent in Ilford Town Centre on Saturday 21st and in Valentines Park on Sunday 22nd June 2014. Among the musicians and vocalists were Annie Maguire and Jasmine - whose singing stopped the shoppers who stood to listen. 19-year-old local vocalist Ryan Green accompanied himself on the keyboards and guitar. He was an acclaimed contestant earlier this year in the BBC talent show THE VOICE and is currently studying at the Brit School (see below). Brilliant sunshine brought out the crowds who enjoy a range of stalls and music on a gloriously sunny day. The event was organised by Chris Wyatt and Steve Collins. College The BRIT School is a one of a kind FREE Performing Arts and Technology School. It is an independent state funded City College for the Technology of the Arts, dedicated to education and vocational training for the performing arts, media, art and design and the technologies that make performance possible. As a school for 14
Ryan Green. Picture: Ron Jeffries
The Midsummer Music Fest showcased the best the borough has to offer in a wide range of styles in Ilford High Road and Valentines Park.
Everything from jazz, hip hop and soul to classical, latin and folk music delighted hundreds of visitors to the festival, which is in its 12th year.
The event, which took place last weekend, is run by Stephen Collins and Chris Wyatt of Redbridge Green Fair Music Club.
Mr Collins said: “Some people brought picnics and stayed the whole day.”
He added: “It provides a showcase for them [the performers] for people to see and hear them.”
There were 28 performers this year including latin-soul trio River Bird, 50s and 60s tribute band Cockney Treble and this year’s youngest performer 12-year-old Jasmine Elcock, of Chadwell Heath, who impressed with her version of the Mariah Carey classic Hero.
Mr Collins said: “A lot of the people are small interest leisure time musicians, they don’t make a living from it but they enjoy playing.”
There was something for everyone at the event, which Mr Collins says “brings people together”, as shoppers and park visitors stopped to take in the tunes.
He said: “We play music of all kinds, we try to make it as diverse as possible.
“It’s just a great feeling because it just brings smiles to everybody’s faces.”