2018 is a special year for the Leeds Castle Classical Concert as this iconic Kent event celebrates its 40th anniversary. Leeds Castle will once again be playing host to this spectacular open-air classical concert in Kent, on Saturday 14th July 2018. Sponsored by Brachers, a leading law firm in Kent.
Now in it’s 40th year, this iconic event which is a highlight of the summer season, is set in the most spectacular location and natural amphitheater in front of the beautiful Leeds Castle, reputed to be the loveliest castle in the world.
People in their thousands have attended the stunning setting of Leeds Castle across the last thirty-nine years to be entertained by this amazing open-air musical delight. The first concert took place in 1978 and to celebrate, along with much loved classical favourites, the audience will be treated to a special finale including greatest hits from the 70s era. This special Ruby celebratory event will have a real birthday party atmosphere throughout the summer’s afternoon and evening.
We are delighted to announce that Internationally respected conductor John Rigby will once again command the stage, this year not only conducting the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra but also acting as compere and host with special guests.
John Rigby commented:
“This year we will celebrate the heritage that this unique experience has, but springboard forward with a refreshed approach and programme. There will be more of a party flavour and we are guaranteed to have the audience singing and dancing into the summer night.”
To celebrate 40 successful years as one of the UK’s hottest tickets we have four sensational soloists who will be taking to the stage to mark this special anniversary event. West End performers Louise Dearman and Canadian Tim Howar will be taking to the stage for the first time this year. We will also be welcoming back; Soprano Katie Bird, who received a rapturous welcome when she made her debut performance last year to a home crowd and Tenor Alexander James Edwards who previously performed in 2014.
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. The magnificent evening will end in style with a spectacular fireworks finale.
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