Police musicians get ready to raise the roof


Police officers and staff are tuning up for their annual concert at Symphony Hall in Birmingham next month.

The British Police Symphony Orchestra, which boasts members from police forces across the country, will be taking centre stage on Saturday 5 December for their Proms Night Spectacular! concert.

British Police Symphony Orchestra flyer
British Police Symphony Orchestra flyer

Tickets are now on sale for the 7.30pm event, which features a programme including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture; themes from the James Bond and Austin Powers movies; Khachaturian’s Spartacus and John Williams’ ‘Dartmoor’ from War Horse.

The concert will conclude with the traditional ‘Proms Night’ finish of Jerusalem; Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope & Glory, complete with a fireworks finish.

Staffordshire Police Cadets will again be attending the event to help out on the night.

The British Police Symphony Orchestra is now based in Staffordshire, with musicians rehearsing in Yarnfield. They host regular concerts in the county, most notably the annual concert at Beacon Park, Lichfield, which attracts crowds of between 8,000 and 10,000 people.

The orchestra is also actively engaged in outreach work in the region, with members working with disadvantaged and disabled young people.

Next month’s concert will help raise vital funds for the orchestra, which is entirely self-funding and relies on ticket sales from events, and sponsorship, in order to continue to provide music, outreach work and entertainment in the name of the British Police Service.

Tickets for the concert are now on sale priced at £12, £17 and £22 and there is also a special offer available to police employees. For details email: claire@bpso.net from a valid UK police force email address.

Andy Chapman, an Inspector with Staffordshire Police, is a percussionist in the orchestra and has been involved for 22 years.

“Members are involved in their own time, at their own expense, to deliver outstanding music concerts throughout the year,” he said.

“This concert is open to everyone so please bring your singing voices and raise the roof at Symphony Hall to be part of one of the region’s most popular concerts of the season.”

Tickets for this concert are priced at £12, £17 & £22 plus transaction fee* (concs. apply) and are available from the box office in person, online at thsh.co.uk or by calling 0121 345 0603.

Author: sp16394

Press Officer at Staffordshire Police