THERE’S barely a week to go before the former home of King Henry VIII hosts its annual line-up of sizzling summer concerts.
This year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival takes place from June 13-24 and once again features stars from the world’s of rock, pop, jazz and classical music.
Legendary performer, Sir Cliff Richard, has been given the honour of being the headline artist and will sing in the stunning open-air court on not one, but two nights. Having established himself as one of Europe’s authentic rock ‘n’ roll stars and selling a staggering 250 million records to date, Cliff will delight the audience with his spectacular live performance of best loved classics and new songs.
Other acts competing for the public’s attention include the original Jersey Boys themselves Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons who will aim to top last year’s sell-out performance which marked their comeback after a 20 year break.
Fans will be sure to hear again all the classic hits like Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye) and December 1963 (Oh What A Night).
Four time Classical BRIT winner Russell Watson will air his latest album, while fellow BRIT winner Lisa Stansfield, who did three sold-out shows in the UK last year, will be performing in what will be her only date in London this year.
Bringing 50s glamour and rock ‘n’ roll to the Festival is the hugely popular singer Imelda May. With a triple platinum album under her belt and gold certified album Mayhem, Imelda will wow the audience with her powerful vocal.
Making their festival debut this time out is the incredible blues rock duo, Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart.
One of the world’s greatest guitar players and a child prodigy, Joe Bonamassa was opening shows for blues icon B.B. King by the age of 12.
Singer-songwriter Beth Hart is known for her powerful vocals and soul-baring performances.
Then it’s on with the dancing shoes and spangly outfits as internationally acclaimed ABBA tribute band Björn Again, will bring a night of fun to the Festival.
Hampton Court veteran Jools Holland will again bound on stage with a plethora of special guests include the fantastic former Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis, Roland Gift (the voice of Fine Young Cannibals) and Ruby Turner who together with Jools and his fantastic Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will raise the roof of the magnificent Palace.
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra also returns to the Festival for another spectacular classical evening. The Orchestra will perform scores from the mainstream masters of classical music: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks to Tchaikovsky’s waltz; from Swan Lake to Ravel’s Bolero. Young and upcoming trumpeter Melissa Venema from the Netherlands will perform the ever popular classic, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.
There will be a long interval so that Festival-goers can enjoy their picnics and Champagne in the Palace Gardens as the sun sets. A fireworks display will provide a visual fanfare to round off this superb evening.
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