May 31st



Donington Park and Music Plus Sport are excited to announce that mezzo soprano LAURA WRIGHT, Britain’s Got Talent winners COLLABRO and the chart-topping MILITARY WIVES CHOIR will be joining already announced Midlands-based Orchestra SINFONIA VIVA at DONINGTON LIVE on Sunday 4th September 2016.

As well as a day of fantastic entertainment, a magnificent finale firework display and family fun, the open-air event will have food for all tastes and budgets available to purchase with a mix of picnics, hot cultural food and street food stalls. A very special guest will be revealed mid-June to complete the line-up for what is set to be the highlight in the musical and social calendar for the region.

With over a million album sales under her belt, Laura Wright is one of the biggest selling classical artists this decade. Since her debut album ‘The Last Rose’ went to No.1 in the UK Classical charts, Laura has enjoyed many performances at prestigious venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace and Wembley Stadium. A royal favourite, HM The Queen cited Laura’s Diamond Jubilee Song ‘Stronger As One’ in her Commonwealth Day Message at Westminster Abbey and was also the first to perform at the opening ceremony for HRH Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.

Laura Wright said:
‘I’m thrilled to have been invited to perform at Donington Live, especially as it’s their first event at Donington Park. It’ll be the perfect end to the summer and I’m looking forward to watching the other acts and experiencing the day!’ 

Winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2014, Collabro have since had a whirlwind of success both in the UK and internationally. Signing to Simon Cowell’s Syco Music, their debut album ‘Stars’ hit the No.1 spot in the UK charts, beating Ed Sheeran in the process and at the time being the fastest selling album for a debut act. Their 2nd album, ‘Act Two’, charted at No.2 beaten only by Florence & The Machine and saw the band undertake a massive sold-out headline tour of the UK, including a show at the Royal Albert Hall.

Collabro said:
‘We can’t wait to play Donington Live on 4th September. We love outdoor shows so to spend a summers evening with our East Midlands fans will be incredibly special.’

Initially built from the success of TV show ‘The Choir: Military Wives’ with Gareth Malone, whereby one of the very first choirs clinched coveted top spot in the hotly contested race for Christmas No.1, the Military Wives Choir has now blossomed to over 75 choirs across the UK. Formed of wives, partners and service women of British Military personnel, each choir creates a valuable network for women in the military community to come together to sing in a fun and supportive environment. Having topped the charts with their debut single ‘Wherever Your Are’, the choir featured on Gary Barlow’s track ‘Sing’ with the Commonwealth band and most recently featured on Lulu’s single ‘Cry’.

Roger Lowe, Commercial Director at Donington Park said:
‘We’re very excited that Laura Wright, Collabro and Military Wives Choir will be playing Donington Live on 4th September. The open-air event is sure to be a highlight for the region and welcoming these three world-class acts will be the cherry on top of a fantastic day for all the family. Keep an eye out as we have a very special guest still to be announced!’

Donington Live, East Midlands’ newest cultural music event, was conceived when the beloved Darley Park concert was unable to continue at its current location. Including excellent parking, the new location of Donington Park is easily accessible from Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and beyond. The site overlooks the historic Breedon On The Hill Church and is the perfect setting for what is planned to be a permanent fixture in the summer calendar for music lovers and those seeking a great day out with family and friends.

Tickets will be on sale at 9am on Friday, 3rd June via with a presale available to Donington Park mailing list customers and Derby residents at 9am on Wednesday, 1st June. Tickets are priced £15 adult, with children under 13 free.

Derby City Council and Derby LIVE, the tourism arm of the Council, will still be involved. Therefore, Derby postcode residents will receive tickets at a discounted price of £10 for early bird bookings. There will also be a coach service for Derby residents, with pick up points near Darley Abbey and Derby Bus Station, further details of which will be announced at a later date.

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