Opera star set for lakeside concert

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins will star in a concert at Blickling Hall next summer.

It marks a reprise for music in the stately home's lakeside setting that fell silent last year when promoters could not find the right line up.

And it sees the National Trust going back to its roots of staging sedate picnic style events at the property, which began in 1992 before they evolved into rockier, poppier gigs - beginning with Chris de Burgh in 1998, and later featuring Bryan Adams, Madness and the Bay City Rollers.

Miss Jenkins, who sang on the Sandringham estate in August 2009, is to appear at Blickling on Sunday July 24 with the National Symphony Orchestra in a last Night of the Proms style concert which will also feature a special guest performer yet to be announced.

The Welsh songstress, who is star judge of ITV's Popstar to Operastar and presenter of the BBC's recent The Week We Went to War series, is also due to appear in the Christmas special edition of Dr Who.

Katherine has global record sales of more than three million, and she is the only singer in musical history to simultaneously hold the top four places in the classical album charts, which she achieved in 2007.

This year has been another huge year for her, with the release of her first record in North America, as well as being asked by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to record a version of the theme tune to Love Never Dies - the highly anticipated sequel to Phantom Of The Opera.

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Blickling Hall visitor services manager Patricia Murfin said: 'We are delighted to have a classical concert back at Blickling with such a premier star as Katherine Jenkins. This will certainly meet our audience expectations.'

For more information or to book tickets for this event, visit www.ticketeast.co.uk, or call 0871 224 1113. An allocation of tickets is also available for visitors to the hall from Friday. Call 01263 738030 fof details.

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