Hampton Court Festival
TICKETS are still available for a series of concerts marking the 20th anniversary of the Hampton Court Festival.
The event has been held in the Base Court of the historic royal palace every year since 1992 and on this extra special occasion the line-up of performers is stella.
The legendary Liza Minnelli kicks everything off in style this Thursday (14) with a concert that includes showstoppers such as Cabaret, Maybe This Time and New York New York – all written especially for her by the legendary song writing partnership of John Kander and Fred Ebb.
The Festival, will also host play host to Katie Melua, one of Britain’s most successful artists of the last decade who’s sold more than 11 million albums, who will delight festival-goers with familiar favourites such as Closest Thing To Crazy and Nine Million Bicycles, as well as performing songs from her new album Secret Symphony, due for release in March.
Legendary Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will perform their first concert in the UK for 18 years at the Festival.
This eagerly awaited concert will give fans the chance to hear many of the classic hit songs played live, such as: Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye), December 1963 (Oh What A Night) and Grease.
Brit Award Winner James Morrison is also confirmed to perform in the stunning open-air courtyard of King Henry VIII’s Palace and will treat fans to his hit songs You Give Me Something, Wonderful World and I Won’t Let You Go as well as new tracks from his current album The Awakening and Van Morrison will make a welcome return to the Festival with classics such as Have I Told You Lately That I Love You and Brown Eyed Girl.
Festival favourite, Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will make a triumphant return delighting crowds on a summer’s evening with Gilson Lavis, special guest Marc Almond and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.
Caro Emerald, who recently appeared on Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny, will make her Festival debut this year with her eclectic style of ballroom jazz, cinematic tangos, groovin’ jazz and infectious mambos with songs from her platinum-selling album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor.
Squeeze, Jools old band, will also perform at the Festival delighting fans with old favourites including: Cool for Cats and Up the Junction as well as new material.
To mark the Festival’s milestone, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a special 20th Anniversary Gala, which will be followed by spectacular fireworks over the Palace.
The evening will have a long interval so that Festival-goers can enjoy their picnics and Champagne in the Palace gardens as the sun sets on the summer’s evening.
John Barrowman the multi-talented star of stage and screen on both sides of the Atlantic returns to the concert stage making Hampton Court Palace Festival his only London appearance for 2012.