What goodies will Harrogate International Festivals unveil for 50th anniversary?

The Simn Bolvar String Quartet.

The Simn Bolvar String Quartet.

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It’s set to be a momentous year for Harrogate International Festivals with its 50th anniversary celebrations and a feast of exciting events.

To mark the amazing achievement of reaching its half century since it was first founded in the heady days of 1966, the Festivals is to present an exclusive performance by the acclaimed Simón Bolívar String Quartet

Taking place on Saturday, March 12, that very same night the line-up for the Harrogate Music Festival 2016 will also be revealed.

Taking place throughout July, the night will also offer the opportunity to sign up for priority booking for all of our summer music events.

As befits the Festival’s roots, the theme of the celebrations will be Discover, Explore, Experiment which harks back to its beginnings in the 1960s as a Festival of Arts and Sciences.

Tickets are already on sale for this special night starring the Simón Bolívar String Quartet.

A product of the internationally-renowned El Sistema programme, this young world-class quartet is comprised of the section leaders in Venezuela’s famed Simon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.

Led by Gustavo Dudamel, one of the most sought-after conductor in classical music, the orchestra tours as the centerpiece of El Sistema’s remarkable array of hundreds of youth orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

The Quartet’s highlights include concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Southbank Centre in London

Also starting shortly is Harrogate International Festivals’ Sunday Series of top chamber musicians which take place at the Old Swan Hotel.

This year’s line-up includes opening act French pianist Cédric Tiberghien, clarinet virtuoso Michael Collins, duo Hyeyoon Park and Benamin Grosvenor and series closer, pianist John Lill.

Tickets for all the above shows are available on 01423 562 303 or at www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com