Performers for 2021
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
For more than seven decades the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK. It’s home base since 2004 at London’s Cadogan Hall serves as a springboard for seven principal residencies as well as more than forty-five concerts per year in long-term partnership venues across the country, often in areas where access to live orchestral music is very limited. In London, the Orchestra’s regular performances at Cadogan Hall are complemented by a distinguished series at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and a hugely popular series at the Royal Albert Hall. With a wider reach than any other UK large ensemble, the RPO has truly become Britain’s national orchestra.
Conductor Dr John Rigby
We are delighted that internationally respected conductor Dr John Rigby will once again command the stage, not only conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra but also acting as compere and host.
Dr John Rigby is a conductor, musical supervisor and musicologist who initially studied orchestral conducting at the University of Huddersfield and the Royal Northern College of Music. He gained his PhD from Kings College London having researched the cultural resonances of Franz Lehár’s ‘Berlin’ operettas during the Weimar Republic. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Arts from Edge Hill University in recognition of his work in musical theatre and conducting.
West End credits include: An American in Paris, Beautiful and Damned, The Drowsy Chaperone, The King and I, The Last Empress, Marguerite, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Peter Pan,The Pirates of Penzance, The Producers & Joseph.
Down for the Count Swing Orchestra
Down for the Count Swing Orchestra will be bringing their electrifying show full of incredible energy and musicianship to the Leeds Castle Concert.
‘Down for the Count’ recreate classic tunes from the Swing era, but this is no mere nostalgia trip – the band perform each song in their own unmistakable style, breathing new life into the best vintage music. Combine that with the band’s top-class instrumental solos, sublime vocal performances and irresistible humour and joie de vivre, and the start to the concert will be incredibly uplifting, setting the scene for much more to come.
We love this video they recently created. They were missing performing live music… so we decided to dust off their dinner jackets and ballgowns, pick up their instruments, and sing, play and dance from their living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and offices in tribute to our amazing NHS staff.
News of our Sensational Soloists for 2021 will follow!
The event will once again include a spectacular fly-over with a Spitfire from the Aero Legends stable taking to the skies – a fitting tribute to this heritage event.
Be part of the next event taking place on Saturday 10th July, 2021.