Knebworth House to host two-night music feast

PUBLISHED: 11:40 02 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:07 05 December 2016

Knebworth House at dusk

Knebworth House at dusk

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Knebworth House will host a two-night music extravaganza next summer.

Maxamillion Barnes-Davy, one of the Urban Soul Orchestra’'s vocalists, on stage at Classic IbizaMaxamillion Barnes-Davy, one of the Urban Soul Orchestra’'s vocalists, on stage at Classic Ibiza

The Hertfordshire stately home will be hosting two nights of live classical music – Classic Ibiza and The Great British Prom – that cater for very different tastes.

On Saturday, August 19, revellers will be able to witness the Urban Soul Orchestra (USO) and DJ Goldierocks bringing some of the biggest dance tracks from the last 20 years to life.

Lisa Ward, director of Revival Productions and event organiser, said: “This is a really unique event that sees a contemporary orchestra play live with a DJ and vocalists.

“The Urban Soul Orchestra is truly on top of its game, having played with some of the world’s best-known names in the dance music industry, including Groove Armada, M People, Nightmares On Wax, Robert Miles and Soul II Soul.

“This [Classic Ibiza] is a really unique event that sees a contemporary orchestra play live with a DJ and vocalists.”

Lisa Ward, director of Revival Productions and event organiser

“I can’t wait to bring the event to Knebworth and three other venues next year, following its phenomenal success at Blickling Hall in Norfolk in 2016.”

The National Symphony Orchestra will then perform The Great British Prom, a veritable feast of iconic music from all corners of the UK, on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Early bird tickets for both concerts are on sale at www.revival-productions.co.uk

Conducted by Stephen Hussey, the USO will start Classic Ibiza with a fabulous ‘chill-out’ set featuring some of the most iconic Ibiza tracks including Nightmare on Wax’s Les Nuits, Massive Attack’s Teardrop, Groove Armada’s At the River and William Orbit’s version of Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

Knebworth House will host Classic Ibiza and The Great British Prom in the summer of 2017Knebworth House will host Classic Ibiza and The Great British Prom in the summer of 2017

During the interval, DJ Goldierocks will take over the stage and fill the Knebworth evening air with her creative mix of top Ibiza tunes.

Her reputation as an international DJ and broadcaster has seen her establish a celebrity following that includes Madonna, Richard Branson and Jade Jagger, having performed exclusively for them all.

Her weekly global radio show ‘The Selector’ goes out to 44 countries and has 4.3 million dedicated listeners every week.

As the sun goes down, the lasers will hit the skyline as the Urban Soul Orchestra return with vocalists Jina Burrows, Roo Savill and Maxamillion Barnes-Davy.

“I’m delighted to be returning to Knebworth with The Great British Prom, having organised similar concerts here some years ago.”

Revival Productions director Lisa Ward

Tracks will take the audience on a White Island journey through hugely popular club anthems including Fat Boy Slim’s Right Here, Right Now, Faithless’ Insomnia, Chase and Status’ Blind Faith, Underworld’s Born Slippy and Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child.

The following evening, The National Symphony Orchestra will begin The Great British Prom with the National Anthem.

This will then be followed by a representation of some truly rousing English classics including the ‘Dambusters’ March, I Vow to Thee My Country and The Archers theme tune.

Conducted by Anthony Inglis, the orchestra will then move across the water to the Emerald Isle to play Danny Boy, Irish Washerwoman Encore and Toss the Feather, a favourite in Irish dance music.

The Great British Prom's firework finaleThe Great British Prom's firework finale

The National Symphony Orchestra will continue its journey back across the Irish Sea to Wales where the Classical Brit Award-winning, Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud will bring their breath-taking sound to the Knebworth audience.

They will be singing rugby favourite Bread of Heaven and other Welsh classics.

Then it’s time to head north for music from the Scottish Highlands, which will be performed by a traditional pipe band.

Scottish greats including Skye Boat Song, Scotland the Brave and Flower of Scotland will be performed as the pipe band walks up through the centre of the crowd to mark the end of a truly memorable first half.

The second half of the concert will see the National Symphony Orchestra, whose international reputation for excellence puts them in the top four orchestras in the UK, return to the stage to perform all the Proms favourites, including Rule Britannia, Land of Hope & Glory and Jerusalem.

The evening will conclude with a stunning fireworks finale, choreographed to the music.

Lisa Ward added: “I’m delighted to be returning to Knebworth with The Great British Prom, having organised similar concerts here some years ago.

“The event promises to be a celebratory evening featuring some of Britain’s best artists and musicians playing some truly iconic pieces from across our wonderful country.”

As well as having free parking, for both coaches and cars, guests can bring their picnics and Champagne, wave their flags, sing along and soak up the atmosphere with friends in the outstanding Knebworth House setting.

A limited number of early bird tickets are available now at a reduced price of £30. Thereafter they cost £35.

• For full event details and tickets, visit www.revival-productions.co.uk or call the event box office on 01630 674342.

• For more about Classic Ibiza, visit www.classicibiza.co.uk

• For mroe on The Great British Prom visit ​www.greatbritishprom.co.uk


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