This Sunday at the Bandstand…

Hi everyone, just a quick post to highlight and publicise the fact that there are two theatrical performances planned at the Roberts Park Bandstand this weekend.

On both Saturday and Sunday, players from the group Shakespeare In The Park will be giving a performance of the Shakesperian classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. There are matinee and evenining performances scheduled on both Saturday and Sunday, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm respectively.

Admission is free and no tickets are required.

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This Sunday at the Bandstand…

Despite stormy looking skies, the weather held out last Sunday and we would just like to say thank you very much to The Band Upstairs for their virtuoso performance! This Sunday we have GMC Jazz performing at the bandstand from 2pm onwards.

Remember: admission to the Roberts Park bandstand is free, but all donations are gratefully received, and help to keep the bandstand a free and non-ticketed event.

We hope to see you there.

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Next Sunday’s Bandstand

We would like to say a big thank you to local community choir All Together Now who gave a lovely performance this weekend at the bandstand. A video of all (40+) in action can be found here.

Next Sunday at the bandstand we have The Band Upstairs who will be performing in the usual slot from 2-4pm. We hope to see you then!

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Photos from Today’s Bandstand!

It was the first bandstand concert of the 2017 season today. Fantastic weather and a superb performance from today’s act, Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band! Many thanks go out to them.

Next Sunday at the bandstand we have All Together Now, who will be performing in the usual 2-4pm slot. Hope to see you then!


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Roberts Park 2017 Summer Events!

Hi everyone. Just a quick reminder: the Roberts Park summer events season is finally here. A fine lineup of musical and theatrical entertainment awaits you in the park this Summer, and it all kicks off this Sunday with a performance by Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band!

Entry to all this Summer’s events is free, with no prior booking or tickets required – however public donation are gratefully received and help to keep this event financially sustainable.

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2017 Roberts Park Summer Events – Volunteers Sought! Rehearsal 12th May, 6pm, Roberts Park

Dear Friends,

It’s coming to that time of year again – the Roberts Park summer event season! The first concert of 2017 is Bradford Metropolitan Concert Band on the 21st May. As this date is now rapidly approaching, we need to make plans for this Summer’s series of bandstand concerts and Shakespeare in the Park events. Consequenty we are now actively seeking interested community volunteers to assist us in the running of the 2017 season of events.

This year we are ideally looking to setup a buddy rota system that would pair up existing FoRP volunteers with some willing volunteers. The idea here is that this should give some of our newer volunteers a chance to learn the ropes when it comes to running these bandstand events from some experienced hands! We can offer all potential volunteers the chance to meet lots of interesting people whilst spending time outdoors in the sunshine, listening to fantastic variety of live music. All within wonderful natural ampitheatre of the Roberts Park bandstand.

To give some idea of what would be involved in this kind of volunteering, a typical bandstand event runs on a Sunday afternoon from 2-4pm and normally proceeeds as follows:


1) Arrive circa 1:30pm in the park to setup.

2) Unload chairs and microphone, amplifier etc from the park shelters and transport to bandstand

3) Setup all equipment in the bandstand, check power etc, soundcheck.
(experienced volunteers will be present to help with this)

4) Setup chairs for audience.

5) Meet and greet band, check they have everything they need.

6) Marshall event whilst band is playing.

7) Collect donations from the public to help pay for future bandstand music acts etc during the interval.

8) Thank band

9) Tidy up.
At this stage we wish to stress that even if you can only commit to one or two Sundays, or even just to part of a single Sunday afternoon this would still potentially be a huge help and would be much appreciated. So even if you are busy, please don’t feel you have nothing to contribute!

We actually have a full bandstand concert dress-rehearsal planned for this Friday, 12th May at 6pm at the Roberts Park bandstand.
So if you are interested, and would potentially like to find out more, please feel free to join us then.

If you fancy volunteering with the Friends but can’t make the rehersal, or are an experienced FoRP volunteer and would like to let us know your availability for this Summer then please do get in touch at

For completeness and convenience I have attached a copy of our Bandstand 2017 Poster to this post. This contains a handy at-a-glance summary of all this Summer park events – both concert and play dates – so please do check it out.

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