Northern Aldborough Festival 2024

Northern Aldborough Festival 2024

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 6.30pm
Added by Cause UK

The 2024 line-up for a leading fixture on the classical music calendar, the Northern Aldborough Festival, has been announced.

Sir Tony Robinson, Leeds Piano Competition winner Alim Beisembayev, and one of the world’s great violin virtuosos, Viktoria Mullova, are some of the headline acts for 2024.
Tickets for the festival, which takes place 13-22 June in the north Yorkshire village, go on sale this spring.

Just half an hour from York or Harrogate, opera singers, acclaimed pianists, and jazz ensembles mingle amongst the village’s remarkable Roman history, including a prized collection of Roman artefacts and mosaics.

A charity, the festival’s mission is to bring a high-end live music to its rural location, making the sleepy village that was once a prosperous Roman capital, an unlikely epicentre for classical music; 2024 marks the festival’s 30th anniversary.

This year, its music programme has a focus on championing young classical talent.

The opening night sees 25-year-old Tom Fetherstonehaugh conducting Fantasia Orchestra, which comprises some of the UK’s most exciting young musicians, alongside pianist Alim Beisembayev, who at 23 won the last Leeds Piano Competition, performing Tchaikovsky and Chopin.

Other highlights include Armonico Consort with a semi-staged production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, and the rising star of classical guitar, hailed as a ‘poet’ of the instrument, Jack Hancher.

The festival also welcomes the award-winning comedian with an opera degree, Amy Webber, as heard on BBC Radio 4, and the leading British jazz pianist Julian Joseph, hailed as one of Duke Ellington’s ‘natural-born heirs’, who performs with his trio.

Pan-flute player Adriana Babin, who at just 22 is a bona-fide star in her home country of Moldova, will perform, as will the Canadian saxophonist and Spanish accordionist – the dynamic and award-winning, Mikeleiz-Zucchi Duo.

There’s also the return of its nationwide hunt for the best vocal talent, with the Northern Aldborough Festival’s annual New Voices Singing Competition. With cash prizes of £7,000, and a live semi and grand-final, it promises a unique opportunity to catch rising classical vocal stars in their ascendence.

Nominees will perform in front of a remarkable judging panel, which includes one of the most sought-after conductors in the world, Edward Gardner OBE, and the celebrated English bass, Sir John Tomlinson CBE.

Aldborough’s late-night venue ‘The Shed’ also returns for concert goers who want to continue festivities in a relaxed environment with a variety of live entertainment and refreshments.

The popular Last Night Outdoor Concert sees the UK’s biggest Queen tribute band, Majesty, perform to circa 1,000 festival-goers, who descend on the grounds of Aldborough Manor. Audiences are invited to bring a picnic and dance the night away, ending with a spectacular orchestrated firework display.

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Added by Cause UK on 13 February 2024

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