Your host – Aled Jones MBE
Back by popular demand – Aled Jones MBE will be hosting the iconic event for the second year running on Saturday 8th July.
Aled, who has been a household name since the 1980’s will forever be remembered as one of the world’s most successful boy sopranos. He was an instant success at last year’s event and the audience will be in for a treat once again, as he introduces the concerts inspiring outdoor programme, in his own special style.
Aled said: “I am so looking forward to returning to host the Classical Concert at this most wonderful castle in Kent, the garden of England. The perfect setting for what we all hope will be a beautiful summer’s evening. Here’s to another unforgettable musical event!”
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) will once again be the stars of the show. The RPCO has delighted audiences worldwide with its versatile programming, having been in constant demand for live performances and recordings of classical, light classical and popular music since its formation in 1987. The RPCO has a deservedly excellent reputation for working with internationally-renowned artists ranging from opera luminaries Andrea Bocelli, Lesley Garrett, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti to popular culture icons Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Michel Legrand, Henry Mancini, Sir Cliff Richard, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder, to name but a few.
The diverse nature of the RPCO’s work has taken it into a variety of settings from the traditional – concert halls, stadiums and cathedrals – to the unorthodox – racecourses, botanical gardens and train stations. Its most frequently requested programmes include Classical Favourites, Magic of the Movies, Opera Gala and the ever-popularLast Night of the Proms.
Conductor John Rigby
A graduate in orchestral and choral conducting from the University of Huddersfield and the Royal Northern College of Music, John has worked with many of the country’s leading orchestras across a diverse repertoire and can regularly be seen at many of the country’s top venues.
He is a much respected conductor and has worked extensively in musical theatre with a huge amount of West End credits to his name.
John said: “Next year’s concert will not only feature many popular classics such as the rousing Land of Hope and Glory,which audiences have come to associate with the event, but next year we’re adding some Battle of Britain themes which will compliment what I’m sure will be another breathtaking flying display.”
The Central Band of the Royal Air Force
The Central Band of the Royal Air Force will join the prestigious line up for this year’s event.
Music has always been an integral part of military life and since its formation in 1920, the Central Band of the Royal Air Force has boasted a proud and distinguished heritage.
Now based at purpose built, state of the art facilities at Royal Air Force Northolt, the Central Band continues to demonstrate its versatile and unique role. The band is at the forefront of many State Ceremonial events, from ‘Changing the Guard’ at Buckingham Palace to the National Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph. Central Band musicians have been privileged to participate in many high-profile national events, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Royal Wedding and the 2012 London Olympics.
The band will be conducted by Wing Commander Piers Morrell who was recently promoted to Principal Director of Music.
Click here to find out more the band.
The Patriot Girls
We’re excited to announce that The Patriot Girls will be returning to perform at next years event.
The concert will include a Battle of Britain themed musical celebration and the girls will be performing old favourites like “White Cliffs of Dover”; “Long way to Tipperary”; “Pack up your troubles” and “We’ll meet again”.
The West-End leading ladies Joanne Pullen, Jo Gibb and Marissa Dunlop Bidwell, who last performed at the concert in 2013, are one of the most versatile singing acts in the business and regularly perform all over the world. Due to their backgrounds in opera, musical theatre and the pop/session world, they sing a multitude of vocal styles, which is ideal for this outdoor musical celebration.
Click here to find out more about this sensational trio.
Anthony Flaum has appeared for the last two years at the Leeds Castle Classical Concert and we are delighted he will be returning for 2017.
London born tenor Anthony Flaum is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and studied with Katie at the National Opera Studio. His studies were generously supported by English National Opera, where he is about to make his debut in their acclaimed production of Rigoletto (director – Jonathan Miller). Notable forthcoming engagements include; Rodolfo La bohème for Iford Arts Festival, Aroldo Aroldo for UC Opera. Past engagements include; Macduff Macbeth and the “Highlights Tour” for Scottish Opera; Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for Nevill Holt Opera, Northern Ireland Opera & OTC Dublin; Motel Kamzoyl Fiddler on the Roof, Lensky Eugene Onegin and Tschekalinski The Queen of Spades for Grange Park Opera.
For more details please visit anthonyflaum.co.uk
Growing up with the Leeds Castle Classical Concert on her doorstep, British Soprano Katie Bird, originally from Bearsted in Kent, is looking forward to performing to a home crowd.
Katie is a graduate of the prestigious National Opera Studio, London, generously supported by English National Opera. She began her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and later went on to complete a postgraduate year at the Royal Academy of Music, London. During this time she was awarded the Norma Grieg Prize for French Song and was a Finalist in the Frank Spedding Lieder Competition.
Last year she made her debut for English National Opera, singing Masha and Chloe in David Alden’s new production of The Queen of Spades. Katie has also recently made solo debuts with Scottish Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera North, Neville Holt Opera and Longborough Festival Opera.
For more information please visit katiebirdsoprano.co.uk
The 2nd half will once again be opened in spectacular style as a Spitfire from the Aero Legends stable takes to the skies – a fitting tribute to this heritage event.
Be part of this wonderful event – tickets are available here.