Pledge classical show will go on

By Craig RobinsonTHE organiser of an open-air classical music concert has vowed “the show will go on” following fears it may have to be cancelled.Leslie Olive, who is in charge of this year's Prom in the Park in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, said it was “extremely” unlikely that his production would have to be cancelled.

By Craig Robinson

THE organiser of an open-air classical music concert has vowed “the show will go on” following fears it may have to be cancelled.

Leslie Olive, who is in charge of this year's Prom in the Park in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, said it was “extremely” unlikely that his production would have to be cancelled.

He was speaking after it was announced the McFly concert in the park on July 29 was at risk because promoters, John Hessenthaler Productions Ltd, has gone into administration.


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The move means that organisers need to raise £30,000 in sponsorship money in less than two-and-half weeks if the McFly gig is to go ahead.

But it has led to fears that Mr Olive's concert, which is happening on July 30, might also be in jeopardy because the two events were due to share facilities.

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“When I first heard, it did concern me because the arrangement was that my concert would hire the stage and other infrastructure from John Hessenthaler Productions after McFly,” said Mr Olive.

“It seemed sensible because their performance was the day before, but if it doesn't proceed, then I will put mine on regardless because they are completely separate.

“It's not a problem. I've been organising concerts like this for the last 14 years, so I know what to do. The show will go on.”

He added: “Everything is on course, the orchestra and acts have been booked and the fireworks have been organised so we are pressing on.

“My only worry is because of the way that it was presented in the meeting people thinking of coming along will have been put off. We still have a few tickets left and there is plenty of room for those that want to attend.”

Rock concert promoters John Hessenthaler Productions Ltd, whose registered office is in Colchester, went into administration on June 20.

Last year, it promoted pop band Busted's sell-out show in Christchurch Park, with McFly as the support act.

So far 3,600 fans have bought tickets for the McFly concert, at £25.50 each plus a booking fee, but only about 200 of these are guaranteed to receive a refund because they bought tickets after the promoters went into administration.

Steven Law, a partner with Ensors accountants in Ipswich, who is heading the administration team, said he was hopeful a company or group of companies would come along and save the day.

“We've put a few calls in to local businesses and are trying to drum up a bit more publicity, but it is early days,” he added.

“Hopefully, people will think it's a good idea and come and support us. We're going to give it until Friday and see what happens and make a decision next week.”

craig.robinson@eadt.co.uk

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