Thursday, 2 April 2009
Rachel to perform 'The Best Of Broadway' at Hampton Court
Prepare to be swept away by a summer’s evening of music, atmosphere and history as the stunning Hampton Court Palace Festival, supported by Sky, returns for 2009. Now in its 17th year, this unique series of concerts is a firm fixture in the summer Festival diary. With an eclectic mix of performances from world-famous musical artists, the most intimate of settings and a backdrop steeped in history, the Festival is an unmissable and truly unforgettable experience.
See Hampton Court Palace come alive this summer, as the Festival takes over the historic grounds from 2 – 13 June with ten concerts, offering something for everyone. With this year marking the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne, the grounds are drenched in heritage and provide the perfect setting for a pre-concert picnic and music under the stars.
Opening the Festival in spectacular style is the world famous JosÈ Carreras. The great Tenor will be joined by soprano Anna Leese, and this year’s most exciting new star, 13-year-old singing sensation Faryl Smith.
JosÈ Carreras said: "I have many happy memories of performing at Hampton Court over the years and I look forward to being back there this summer."
Faryl Smith said: “It’s an honour to be working with Jose Carreras as he has such a fantastic voice! The Three Tenors are in my opinion some of the best singers in the world, so I’m very excited to be doing the concert at the Hampton Court Palace Festival!”
The series of incredible concerts will then see the UK’s most-loved pianist Jools Holland, the ‘People’s Tenor’ Russell Watson, Level 42 with their only London performance this summer, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by David Garrett, Brit Award-winning singer-songwriter James Morrison and the Best of Broadway featuring ‘I’ll Do Anything’ star Rachel Tucker; all taking to the stage within the stunning Palace courtyard.
Mark King of Level 42 said; “I am thrilled that Level 42 have been invited to play at such a prestigious, beautiful and unique venue. I can hardly wait!”
Bringing the curtain down on the final night is the Beethoven Festival Finale, with pianist Freddy Kempf and violinist ChloÎ Hanslip. Together they will conclude the Festival with an almighty crescendo. Concert-goers will then be treated to the most spectacular fireworks display as the skies light up, bringing the Hampton Court Palace Festival to a triumphant end.
The Festival is not just about the music; the combination of warm summer evenings and the beautiful Palace grounds provides a perfect setting for a sumptuous pre-concert picnic. Bring your own, or enjoy a pre-ordered Carluccio’s hamper and a glass of champagne, and then take your seats in the intimate Palace courtyard for a truly unforgettable concert.
Those looking to treat themselves can enjoy exquisite pre-concert and interval hospitality in the Palace’s elegant State Apartments, which includes a menu created exclusively for the Festival by world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay and bespoke catering company Absolute Taste.
Gordon Ramsay says of the Festival: “The Festival is incredible and each and every year it just gets better and better”
Tickets to this spectacular event will be on general sale from 6 April.