Stars announced for Holkham summer concerts

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will return to Holkham this summer for an open-air

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will return to Holkham this summer for an open-air concert - Credit: Archant

Holkham Hall has announced a return to Norfolk for jazz and blues supremo Jools Holland at a summer open-air concert set against the backdrop of the magnificent stately home, while a second concert will see journalist and presenter Fiona Bruce host a Last Night of the Proms.

Jools Holland at Holkham Hall in 2013. Picture: Ian Burt

Jools Holland at Holkham Hall in 2013. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Holland, who last performed there in 2013, will bring his 20-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra to the stunning setting on Saturday, August 29 and a special guest - vocalist and performer Marc Almond.

He will also be accompanied by the astounding vocal power of Ruby Turner,

the soulful tones of Louise Marshall, stunning sounds of Mabel Ray and the tireless drums of original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis.

Jools Holland's role as bandleader, pianist, singer, composer and multiplatinum recording artist will astound the crowd as he leads the orchestra's diverse musical catalogue that stretches back across decades.

Presenter Fiona Bruce will host a Last Night of the Proms. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Presenter Fiona Bruce will host a Last Night of the Proms. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

On the Sunday, August 30, journalist and television presenter Fiona Bruce hosts The Last Night of the Proms concert in the magnificent setting of the south park at Holkham.

The English National Philharmonic Orchestra will perform popular classical music and as always the audience at Holkham will be encouraged to join in singing some of Britain's best-loved patriotic pieces including Rule Britannia.

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The orchestra will be accompanied by one of Britain's most versatile sopranos Clare Ormshaw and acclaimed tenor Lee Bradley and the principal

ENPO conductor Ben Crick will be in charge of the proceedings whilst doing his best to keep the audience under control.

The evening will draw to a conclusion with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Land of Hope and Glory and a spectacular fireworks display.

Gates will open at 4.30pm on both evenings allowing the audience to take their positions, set out their picnics and enjoy the atmosphere and stunning backdrop of Holkham Hall ahead of the start of the concerts at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased from www.livepromotionsconcerts.co.uk at advance booking rates and will also be available to purchase from the Holkham Ticket

Office from March 29 when the hall and gardens open.

For more information visit www.holkham.co.uk.

Are you organising a concert? Email kathryn.cross@archant.co.uk

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