Classical trio Silken Strings to play at South Tyneside summer parade

Silken Strings will be appearing at the South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade on Saturday, July 4.
Silken Strings will be appearing at the South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade on Saturday, July 4.

A unique classical music crossover act will be joining a host of fairytale characters at a South Tyneside event.

Silken Strings, the electric string trio who have entertained royalty in Monte Carlo, Tokyo and at Buckingham Palace, will be appearing at the South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade on Saturday, July 4.

Dancers at last year's parade.

Dancers at last year's parade.

The Alice in Wonderland-themed event, organised by South Tyneside Council, will see a host of costumed characters, including the White Rabbit, Alice, and the Cheshire Cat, taking to the streets of South Shields to mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale.

Silken Strings, who were one of the headline performers at the recent Lennon Peace Concert in Bermuda, will perform their unique blend of classic and modern music aboard one of the parade’s floats, which will set off from the Town Hall to the seafront at 1pm.

The glamorous, classically trained trio, who have featured on numerous TV shows, will also be joined in creating a live soundtrack for the event by the Military Marching Band and vocalist Jayne McKenzie, who’ll be portraying the Queen of Hearts as a disco diva and performing a host of Kylie tracks in Bents Park.

Paul Shriek, artistic director for the parade, said: “Silken Strings are one of the most amazing acts of the past few years. Their unique blend of classic music, pop hits and electrifying dance moves will not only wow the crowds watching this year’s Summer Parade, but will really help to energise it’s 2,000 plus participants too.”

Silken Strings are one of the most amazing acts of the past few years.

Paul Shriek, parade’s artistic director

The Summer Parade, sponsored by Careline Lifestyles, forms part of a three month programme of free events making up the South Tyneside Festival 2015.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The Summer Parade will be one of the key events in this year’s Summer Festival and we are expecting thousands of visitors to line the route from the Town Hall to the seafront.

“We are delighted that Silken Strings are joining The Military Marching Band and Jayne McKenzie to provide a soundtrack for the event and I look forward to seeing them all playing live on the streets of South Shields.”

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