World Class artists to perform at The Northern Aldborough Festival in its 25th anniversary year
New Piano Bar venue to add Sparkle to memorable year
Northern Aldborough Festival, the prestigious classical music event, has unveiled a world class line up this year as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. The event which begins on Thursday 21 June will feature its customary ten days of world class performances, in addition to hosting a new piano bar concept, ‘The Shed’, allowing concert goers to extend their evening in a relaxed environment with a variety of live music and jam sessions.
Festival highlights include a rare appearance from the Cellos of the Hallé Orchestra, a one-man show by Lawrence Zazzo, one of the most recognised countertenors of recent years, the Royal Northern Sinfonia with two outstanding Yorkshire-based soloists, in soprano Bibi Heal and violinist William Dutton and former Leeds International Piano Competition prize-winner Kathryn Stott.
Providing a programme that offers variety and contrast, the undisputed queen of TV history, Lucy Worsley, will add some literary flavour by bringing her favourite author Jane Austin back to life with a humorous and illustrated talk. For those who prefer the fresh air, the Emmerdale cast will team up to play a cricket match against Northern Aldborough Festival on Sunday 24, a celebratory occasion which will be free of charge to spectators.
Robert Ogden, Musical Director said: “I am honoured to be involved in the celebrations for our 25th birthday. It has always been a festival that is strong on atmosphere and spirit, and I was keen to place as much of it as possible in its home of Aldborough – after all, there can be few more idyllic locations to place a music festival. We hope that the introduction of the ‘Shed’ piano bar will ramp up the festival spirit to new levels!”
Other visitors to the Festival during its celebratory year include the return of the much-loved pianist, Will Pickvance whose epic musical improvisation, hilarity and intimate storytelling will engage with the audience both during his concert and during his appearance at the Shed. Charles Court Opera, “the masters of G&S in small places”, bring their new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore to Aldborough for its popular opening night Opera while the last night is an outdoor family concert with orchestrated fireworks in the grounds of Aldborough Manor celebrating the classic pop decade of the 1980’s.
The Festival endeavours to bring high quality music to beautiful and intimate rural locations far away from the urban areas where such events might otherwise be found. Running from Thursday 21 June to Saturday 30 June, the festival is held in and around the picturesque Roman village of Aldborough, North Yorkshire.