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Cultural extravaganza in Birmingham to honour the Queen

TOPPING THE BILL: Renowned Jamaican tenor Steve Higgins

BIRMINGHAM IS planning to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in style with Commonwealth cultural extravaganza at the city’s historic Town Hall.

The glittering event on Saturday, June 25, is being organised by the Association of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) UK (AJN) in collaboration with the Birmingham Commonwealth Association with support from Birmingham City Council.

Topping the bill of an impressive list of artists will be the internationally renowned Jamaican tenor Steve Higgins, who promises to do justice to the full genre of music from classical to Jamaican folksongs.

Other performers include Birmingham Town Hall Gospel Choir, Aston Performing Arts Academy, saxophonist Millicent Stephenson, poet Christopher Innerarity, singers Brothers United in Christ, the Tewahedo Drummers and Kukumo Dancers, and ballerina Xolisweh, along with the Haripa Dance Group.

There will also be a civic reception involving the Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and other dignitaries. Proceeds from the evening will be shared between a range of local and international charities.

PERFORMING: Millicent Stephenson

Beverly Lindsay, OD, OBE, DL, chair of the AJN who founded the event, said: “Many of the artists have been asked to prepare a special piece for the evening, so even if you’ve seen these artists before, the event will be more than special.

“The cultural extravaganza is designed to provide something different and new for everyone – a most enjoyable experience is planned.”

Programme director for the event is Junior Douglas, the composer of the JA Story, who also co-produced the stage musical Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased from the Town Hall and Symphony Hall box office at, telephone 0121 780 3333, or Diamond Travel on 0121 454 6990.

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