Headline acts for the 2018 Harrogate Music Festival have been announced. Tickets go on sale for the Festivals highlights today (22 March), with more acts to be announced.
Two time Mercury Prize nominee and MOBO winner, Laura Mvula, tops the line-up. The soul singer was endorsed by music legend Prince after wowing critics with her debut album, Sing to the Moon in 2013. One of Britain’s most distinctive musical talents, Laura collaborated with the legendary Nile Rodgers, combining his upbeat sound with her thrilling harmonies for her album The Dreaming Room.
Drawing on the theme, Innovation, Harrogate International Festivals promises audiences will see through fresh eyes this summer.
Charlotte Woods, Music Manager, said: “With our theme for 2018 being ‘innovation’ it’s exciting to have a truly ground-breaking artist like Laura Mvula. I think we’re all ready to embrace some sunshine and be reinvigorated by music and theatre, with perhaps a little dancing along the way. We can’t wait to welcome audiences, old friends and new. There’s also some amazing surprises still to announce for summer, so watch this space.”
The Festival will open, and close, with two hugely acclaimed orchestras. The John Wilson Orchestra will breathe new life into Hollywood’s Golden Age with a special Festival launch concert on June 17. Featuring some of the best wind and brass players on the planet, their Hollywood-themed performances attract millions to tune in to the Proms.
A northern powerhouse, the Hallé Orchestra will deliver the Festival finale with its musical director, the renowned Sir Mark Elder CBE. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of Tchaikovsky it promises an unforgettable experience.
As part of the global celebrations of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, Britain’s favourite clarinettist, Emma Johnson, will perform his classics including music from West Side Story. Johnson, an alumni of Harrogate International Festivals’ Young Musician series, went on to become one of the UK’s biggest selling classical artists, selling over half a million albums worldwide.
Harrogate International Festivals has showcased Young Musicians for over half a century. Louisa Staples was shortlisted for the world renowned Menuhin Competition at aged 15. Be inspired by this rising star as the international strings prodigy performs Prokofiev, Debussy and Ravel.
The Force is with Oddsocks as the theatre troupe return to Harrogate with their trademark twist on The Bard, setting Shakespeare in space. The Tempest moves to a galaxy far, far away in a sci-fi musical adaptation performed in RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. Angels have inspired flights of brilliance in art, poetry and music for millennia. British vocal ensemble VOCES8 perform A Guardian Angel with the queen of the Baroque violin, Rachel Podger in a concert by candlelight that offers a little divine intervention.
The festival will also host the popular 1940s Day and a Long Table Dinner in Valley Gardens, with more exciting announcements to come. The full programme will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the highlight events on sale Thursday 22nd March. Box Office: 01423 562 303 harrogateinternationalfestivals.com
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