Cas­tle con­cert reaches 40th mile­stone

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

The count­down is on to the 40th Leeds Cas­tle Clas­si­cal Con­cert.

Tak­ing place on Satur­day the event is al­ways one of the most hotly-an­tic­i­pated events of the sum­mer, and this year boasts the tal­ents of Katie Bird, Alexan­der James Ed­wards, Louise Dear­man and Tim Howar.

Ms Bird, orig­i­nally from Bearsted, grew up with the con­cert on her doorstep and this year made her de­but for English Na­tional Opera, while Ms Dear­man is an ac­tress and singer, most well-known for play­ing the roles of Glinda and El­phaba in the West End pro­duc­tion of Wicked.

Cana­dian ac­tor, singer and song­writer Mr Howar is known for hav­ing one of the most ver­sa­tile voices in the in­dus­try. He has ap­peared in a wealth of the­atre pro­duc­tions across the UK.

Es­sex-born Mr Ed­wards be­gan his ca­reer as a mem­ber of the Young Artists’ Pro­gramme at the Royal Opera House and is re­turn­ing to the Maid­stone event for the first time since 2014.

Con­duc­tor and ar­tisitic di­rec­tor John Rigby de­scribed the per­form­ers as be­ing at the top of their game, adding: “This year marks a very sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone.”

Mu­sic starts at 5pm, with gates the car park open­ing at 2.30pm. More at leed­scastlecon­

Per­form­ers at Satur­day’s con­cert have fun at the pho­to­call

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