Thousands attend Classical Sparks concert

18:17, Feb 06 2013
Classical Sparks 2013
HIGH NOTE FOR CITY: Attendance at Classical Sparks in Hagley Park last night rivalled last year's 50,000-strong turnout.

Fireworks and music delighted a crowd of thousands in chilly conditions at Christchurch's annual Classical Sparks concert.

The Hobbit star Mark Hadlow hosted last night's Hagley Park event, while performers included the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the NZ Army band and several soloists.

The concert was scheduled for Tuesday night but was postponed because of poor weather.

Classical Sparks 2013
MUSIC AND LIGHT: Christchurch's annual Classical Sparks concert ended with a spectacular fireworks display at Hagley Park last night.

Paul Kean, from the Christchurch City Council events team, said the crowd rivalled last year's concert, where an estimated 50,000 people turned out.

Kean said the crowd was grateful the event had not been cancelled.

"It was a really lovely atmosphere. Everyone looked so happy and content," he said.

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