Lesley Garrett to open Harrogate festival

Lesley Garrett will open the festival at the Royal Hall (s).
Lesley Garrett will open the festival at the Royal Hall (s).

Harrogate International Festival flings open venues across town as its Opening Gala tonight launches a month of entertainment.

Audiences can expect fresh events, with the expansive Raworths Literature and Lecture Series bringing some of the biggest names in books to the town.

Sharon Canavar, CEO of Harrogate International Festivals, said: “The Festival prides itself on being ahead of the curve and introducing the next big thing. Over the years we have bought you Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith and now we are proud to introduce Lianne La Havas who is going to be huge!

“We also have returning Festival friends, such as Clare Teal, who’s bringing the greatest lyricist of the country with her, Sir Tim Rice.

“Lesley Garrett is opening the Festival this year, after she first performed here as an unknown over 30 years ago. Harrogate really has a name for being a hotbed for the arts.”

Operatic legend, Lesley Garrett CBE and newly appointed vice president of the Festivals begins procedures at the Royal Hall tonightwith her too hot to Hendel evening dedicated to lost love through the genius of Beethoven, Verdi, and Noel Coward.

Throughout July, the Festival will deliver four dedicated long weekends.

Sharon said: “There’s really something for everyone. From comedy theatre with Oddsocks at RHS Harlow Carr, to the acclaimed Russian pianist, Mikhail Rudy, who stunned audiences at New York’s Guggenheim Museum with his unique multi-media performance.”

The second weekend features the Raworths Literature and Lecture Series, which has already created a buzz. Audiences can get up close and personal with the Fabulous Baker Brothers, eavesdrop on Richard and Judy, and explore everything from Antarctica to Austen.

The third long weekend includes the annual crime spree, which this year celebrates its ‘decade of crime’. Blockbuster names celebrating this landmark include Lee Child, Kate Atkinson, Ruth Rendell, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Susan Hill.

Up to 70 authors from across the world with gather at Europe’s biggest crime writing event.

The Grand Finale in the fourth weekend swings out in style with The John Wilson Orchestra at the Royal Hall on Saturday, July 27 with his tribute to the great Frank Sinatra Click here for the box office homepage, call 01423 562303 or visit the Town Centre box office outside Victoria shopping centre.