Sir Van Morrison to star in Harrogate International Festivals' 50th anniversary

Harrogate date: Sir Van Morrison.

Harrogate date: Sir Van Morrison.

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Tickets for the most hotly anticipated Harrogate International Festival since it was first launched in 1966 will go on sale within days.

Celebrating its golden anniversary year, the month-long Harrogate Music Festival hosted by Harrogate International Festivals, runs throughout July, with a few special one-off events in June.

Celtic legend, Van Morrison, delivers one of just a handful of appearances in 2016 on June 9 at Harrogate International Centre.

The recently-knighted star first headlined the Festival ten years ago and returns to help celebrate the landmark festival year. A towering figure in music history with hits including Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance and Gloria, it’s a chance to catch a living legend.

Also in June, the Festival hosts a one-off concert from Manchester Camerata featuring one of the world’s foremost violinists, Nicola Benedetti. The all-Mozart programme takes place on June 1 at the Royal Hall.

The Festival then begins in style on July 1 with a weekend dedicated to the ever-popular John Wilson Orchestra.

2016’s Guest Curator is the opera-sensation, Sir Willard White.

There are also new partnerships with BBC3, featuring the BBC’s New Generation Artists programme.

Other music acts include the world’s most famous brass ensemble, the Black Dyke Band, and a newly commissioned work from Grammy Award winning composer, Christopher Tin, with the Los Angeles-based, Angel City Chorale.

The English folk-sensation, The Unthanks also star, as well as an extraordinary festival finale from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival will take place at the Crown Hotel from Thursday 7 July till Sunday 10 July. Authors include Julia Bradbury, Jeremy Bowen, James Naughtie and Mary Portas.

Also returning is the 14th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, from July 21-24 at the Old Swan Hotel, featuring Val McDermid, Luther-author Neil Cross, Jeffery Deaver, Martina Cole, Linwood Barclay, Tess Gerritsen and Gerald Seymour.

Tickets have just gone on sale for member of the Festival Friends scheme and will be on general sale from Tuesday, March 29.

To book or find out more, visit: www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com Box Office: 01423 562 303.