NEWS: Free afternoon of music, art, and poetry at Holy Trinity Parish Church – Sunday 3 July

Words by Ed King

Erdington families are invited to a free afternoon of music, craft, and poetry at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Sutton Coldfield – held on Sunday 3 July, from 12noon to 3pm.

Organised by Sutton Arts Forum and the Church’s Music Director, Jobe Baker Sullivan – who runs Erdington Arts Forum and the monthly Evening of Creativity events at Oikos Café – the free afternoon of fun is part of the citywide 10 to 11 new arts project from Number 11 Arts.

Musicians from all over the world will be coming to perform live at Holy Trinity Parish Church on Sunday, including Polish violinist and Roksana Grobelna and Bulgarian guitarist and singer Stefan Stefonov.

There will also be a special guest appearance from Lucie Chalot, a Parisian musician who has been booked the Erdington based Ceol Agency, which promotes a portfolio of international artists and is also run by Jobe Baker Sullivan.

The afternoon will also one of the city’s most celebrated spoken word artists, as Spoz will be performing some of his poetry live on stage.

Well known across the UK poetry circuit, Spoz was also recently selected to be one of the official poets and spoken word artists to represent Birmingham at the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2022.

The National Trust will also be at Holy Trinity Parish Church on Sunday 3 July, encouraging local people to plant their own blossom trees along the No11 bus route this winter – as part of their Blossom Together project.

For more information on Blossom Together visit:

Ahead of the afternoon of free arts and music, Jobe Baker Sullivan told Erdington Local: “It’s a great privilege to invite people from all around Birmingham to Holy Trinity arish Church, Sutton Coldfield. As Music Director of the parish church, it’s a delight to welcome such a wide range of music, poetry, and craft.

“This is also a great opportunity for us to welcome people to Sutton to see our excellent art and music offering – here at Holy Trinity, we have our Friends of Holy Trinity concerts, with high quality music, and our regular evensong and Sunday services.

“It’s a really great delight to be able to invite a musician that I met in Paris, Lucie Chalot. She is coming to play in our really wonderful international city of Birmingham.

“I hope that the 10 to 11 project is one of many citywide, grassroots, suburban projects where we share the best of our city – and to work with big organisations such as National Express West Midlands.

“It’s important that, moving forward, such organisations see the importance of funding these events and projects, year-round, for a sustainable arts community in our city.”

Running from 12noon to 3pm, event is free to attend and suitable for young children and families – held at Holy Trinity Parsh Church, as part of the 10 to 11 citywide arts project.

The 10 to 11 project is led by Number 11 Arts, an umbrella organisation that supports and champions a city-wide network of neighbourhood arts forums in Birmingham.

The 10 to 11 project has been funded by Arts Council England and is in partnership with National Express West Midlands and the National Trust.

Further events will be held on  Sunday 10 July, Sunday 17 July, and Sunday 24 July.

Roksanna Grobelna – who will be performing at Trinity Parish Church on Sunday 3 July

Spoz – performing ‘Letter to Birmingham’

For more information on 10 to 11, including details on individual events and the arts bus timetable, visit:

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