one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stuns a sold-out Hyde Park

one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stuns a sold-out Hyde Park

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one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stuns a sold-out Hyde Park

Day five of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park saw one of the world’s biggest pop superstars Bruno Mars stun a sold-out Hyde Park with one of the festival’s most spectacular performances.

 

As soon as the curtain dropped from the ceiling, Bruno and his backing band The Hooligans stood proudly on stage, receiving a deafening roar of approval before breaking into the first bars of his recent high-energy hits, “Finesse” and “24K Magic”.

 

It was a true pop performance that had it all – a dazzling frontman, a silky-smooth backing band, grandiose visuals / fireworks and, of course, an impressive array of hits from album 24K Magic. The LP dominated the 2018 Grammys, picking up the prestigious Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (“That’s What I Like”) awards, and he swaggered his way through most of the record’s tracks, including “Perm”, “Chunky” and “Versace On The Floor”.

 

Bruno took a brief pause from the impressive choreographed performance to address the euphoric Hyde Park crowd. “We saved London for last. I want you to know that. Cos we know London’s gon’ sweat with us, dance with us, have fun with us.”

 

This was the European finale in an epic 19-month tour and even before Bruno launched into his last song, the crowd broke into the chorus of “Uptown Funk”, Mars’ global hit alongside Mark Ronson.

 

Before Bruno was Khalid, one of the hottest names in R&B – who created a buzz on stage with his charismatic performance. His debut album American Teen seamlessly blends elements of modern soul and dance, and Khalid (accompanied by several lively cheerleaders), dazzled the Great Oak Stage audience with his live renditions of “Winter”, “American Teen”, “Angel”, “Silence” and closing number, “OTW”.

 

DNCE brought their funk-influenced pop to a packed crowd at the Great Oak Stage. Their eccentric sonic style was matched by their equally extravagant outfits, with lead singer (and former Jonas Brother, Joe) donning a sharp, patterned suit. Jonas also gave a shoutout to his famous brothers in attendance, before breaking out into a mashup of Britney Spears’ “Oops!… I Did It Again” and Spice Girl’s “Wannabe” – watched on by Emma Bunton. “I got my brothers today in support. That’s Kevin on the right and Nick on the left. I feel like it’s only appropriate to play this song because we love the UK”.

 

Charlie Wilson got the crowd moving and singing along with an energetic set soaked in the hot British sun. Wilson and his band, dressed in an assortment of bright colours, worked their way through a number of hits, including “There Goes My Baby” – letting each member of the band shine on the track with an epic solo.

 

The husky-voiced Alex Hepburn released her latest EP If You Stay just yesterday and the singer worked her way through several numbers off the release, including the title-named track, “Solid Gold” and “High Roller”. Hepburn also delivered a soul-drenched rendition of Blackstreet’s 1996 hit “No Diggity”.

 

Opening the Great Oak Stage was DJ Rashida, a US turntablist who’s opened for the likes of Prince, Kanye West, John Legend and recently for headliner Bruno Mars. She wasted no time getting the crowd moving, working her way through a number of soul, hip hop and funk grooves, chopping up classics such as Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” with more modern, bass-heavy numbers.

 

The Barclaycard Stage welcomed a wealth of talent in actress and singer Naomi Scott, rising star Liv Dawson, Scottish singer Tom Walker, electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker, brass maestro Trombone Shorty and Yungen – who closed the stage with an exhilarating show as the sun began to set over Hyde Park.

 

Fans flocked to the Summer Stage to catch top-notch sets from Norway’s metal act Ark, singer-songwriter Etham, R&B collective The Fedz and Belle Mt – whose cinematic brand of alt-pop left all in attendance in awe.

 

Beverley Knight, Samuel L Jackson, Chris Moyles, Alan Carr, Leigh Francis, Emma Bunton, Adam Lambert, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Sophie Turner and Andy Jordan were some of the famous names who came to enjoy the fifth day of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

 

Tomorrow will see Paul Simon’s farewell UK show closing the festival.

 

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Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé

The fourth sold out day of Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park welcomed legendary Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé – who put on a historic performance to start the second weekend of the festival.

 

As the grandiose opening chords of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” chimed out, Bublé emerged onto the sparkling stage, receiving a deafening cheer from the packed crowd. With barely a pause for breath, the Canadian heartthrob and his orchestra rolled straight into “Just Haven’t Met You Yet”, one of the star’s most cherished tracks.

 

Walking down the platform towards the audience, he deadpanned: “This is exactly how it was in my mind! It’s been two years since I’ve been on stage, and like any human of course I worry that whatever I had at one point might have gone. But after two songs, I’m even better than before.”

 

There was even a shoutout for ITV phenomenon, Love Island. “This isn’t a concert, this is Love Island…. and just like Love Island, incredibly sophisticated people are going to come together to connect, to meet…. and maybe do it in a swimming pool.”

 

The flickering rain only added to the spectacle, as Michael skipped, strutted and paraded along a ramp extending into the audience, covering music from the likes of Ray Charles, Otis Redding, James Taylor, Bobby Darin and Van Morrison – of who Bublé commented: “He’s been a huge part of my romance with music. It meant so much to me today to be here and share a stage with him” – and also treated the Hyde Park audience to several tracks from his anticipated forthcoming LP, as well as classics such as “Everything”, ’Home”, “Nobody But Me” and “Cry Me A River”.

 

During his performance, Michael Bublé passed the microphone to his four-year old son Noah to finish off a track from movie The Greatest Showman, a film they’d had watched multiple times together.

 

“There are no words for how much love, affection, gratitude, that I have in my heart on behalf of myself, my family, for your love, for your prayers, for your support. I want to thank you not only for tonight, but for every night, for everything you’ve done for me. Each one of you has made such a difference in my life.”

 

It was only fitting that warming up for Michael Bublé was his musical icon Van Morrison, who treated the packed audience to an inspiring set from his extensive back catalogue – alternating between his timeless voice, the punchy tones of the saxophone and the rich nuances of the harmonica throughout the set.

 

Van Morrison’s band of bass, guitars, horns, drums, strings, percussion and backing singers also impressed, in particular during the iconic 1970 track, “Moondance” and crowd favourite “Brown Eyed Girl”

 

Bananarama brought the 80’s nostalgia to the Great Oak Stage to Hyde Park with their sequinned outfits and girl group dance routines. This was their final ever London show as a trio and they received a rapturous reception toclassics including “It Ain’t What You Do It’s the Way That You Do It” and “Robert De Niro’s Waiting”.

 

They referenced the bright sunshine and scorching heat before performing summer anthem “Cruel Summer”, stating The great British summer at last! It’s very rare this song about a hot summer rings true!”

 

The Feeling opened their set with “I Want You Now” – one of the many hits from their 2006 album, Twelve Steps And Home. The colourful artwork of the aforementioned LP was projected behind them as they powered through several others off the debut including “Fill My Little World” and “Sewn” – the closing track. They also treated the sun-blushed audience to an array of tracks from their 2016 self-titled album.

 

Country’s newest star Megan McKenna kicked off the proceedings on the Great Oak Stage, running up and down the main stage’s ramp in her glittering outfit. In between tracks, Megan spoke to the crowd about her whirlwind year in which her two debut singles (“Everything But You” and “History”) smashed the iTunes chart and racked up millions of plays via Spotify, also speaking about her stint on popular UK reality TV show, The Only Way Is Essex.

 

The Barclaycard Stage was kicked off by a spellbinding performance from Jazz Morley, also welcoming country pop’s The Adelaides, the dulcet tones of Catherine McGrath, rising jazz musician Zara McFarlane and The Shires – who thanked the thousands of “troopers in their ponchos” who braved the rain for their epic closing performance.

 

Elsewhere, the Summer Stage hosted a series of crowd-pleasing artists including UK indie outfit The Tailormade, ethereal folk-rock band Gypsyfingers, singer-songwriter Nathan Ball and ROB.GREEN – who demonstrated to the packed audience why he has been dubbed the “Soul Prince of Nottingham”.

 

Tomorrow will see bonafide superstar Bruno Mars headlining, followed by Paul Simon’s farewell UK show closing the festival on Sunday.

 

 

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Eric Clapton delivers a timeless performance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time

Eric Clapton delivers a timeless performance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time

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Day  three  at  Barclaycard  presents  British  Summer  Time  Hyde  Park saw Eric Clapton deliver a timeless performance, bringing a perfect close to a sold-out first week at Hyde Park.

 

The legendary rock and blues guitarist and singer-songwriter from Surrey walked on the Great Oak Stage for his first Hyde Park performance in 10 years and uttered the three words that has been reverberating through England in the past week: “It’s coming home”.

 

Plenty of Clapton fans through the generations turned up sporting tour T-shirts from his various career-spanning shows. The three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee wasted no time, launching with ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ complete with full-bodied guitar solos that he is famed for before hitting a hearty rendition of the blues classic ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’.

 

Where the acoustic section of the set, with Clapton seated to deliver his biggest hits ‘Layla’ and ‘Tears in Heaven’, remains a clear focus point – it is ‘Got To Get Better In A Little While’ and the Cream hit ‘Crossroads’ that the singer shows us his fighting-best vocals.

 

In ‘Lay Down Sally’ and ‘The Core’ from 1977’s “Slowhand” – one of Clapton’s most critically successful albums – he brought out Marcy Levy (Shakespeare’s Sister) who co-wrote the songs with him. For the grand encore, Clapton brought out Carlos Santana for ‘High Time We Went’ with Paul Carrack on vocals.

 

Santana made it impossible for the crowd to stand still with his rhythmic, musically sumptuous set. Carlos Santana called out, “I know it has been a long day in the sun but now is the time to go Santana bananas!”

 

Opening with visuals of Woodstock soundtracked by ‘Soul Sacrifice’, the award-winning musician brought a flavoursome set weaving blues-rock, jazz fusion and Latin and African percussion rhythms. Much loved classics like ‘Oye Como Va’ and ‘Maria Maria’ sent the crowd wild while ‘Smooth’ still reigns as Santana’s most iconic hit, sounding every bit as delectable as the first listen 19 years ago.

 

Steve Winwood made his monumental return to Hyde Park for the first time in 49 years. The last time he performed here was in 1969 as part of Blind Faith – Winwood’s blues-rock band with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech.

 

Winwood’s distinct soulful vocals still rings clear and strong as ever, giving us the perfect soundtrack to a summery Sunday afternoon, a particular highlight being his signature hit ‘Higher Love’ which got the crowd on their feet and swaying along. The Great Oak Stage screen was emblazoned with record artworks from his genre-shifting discography.

 

Winwood, performing with a full band including a saxophonist and flautist, alternated between the organ and guitar in a set filled with songs from his bands: Blind Faith (‘Can’t Find My Way Home’), Traffic (‘Pearly Queen’) and Spencer Davis Group (‘I’m A Man’).

 

Acclaimed blues-rock and soul musician Gary Clark Jr. brought the vibe of a smoky blues nightclub to the Great Oak Stage with a muscly set that mingles his rendition of Muddy Waters’ ‘Catfish Blues’ with high-energy electrifying rock songs like ‘Ain’t Messin’ Around’, and slow burning ballads that really gives him a chance to shred. It is in these guitar solos that the Grammy-winning artist really loses himself and goes in a trance-like state with his eyes rolled back, conjuring the spirit of Hendrix in front of a spellbound Hyde Park crowd.

 

Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real opened the Great Oak Stage. With the sun high and gentle breeze carrying their roots-rock songs across the green park, there really could not have been a more perfect scene-setter for a day of incredible live music.
Elsewhere, the Barclaycard Stage hosted a string of crowd-pleasing artists including Italian singer-songwriter Zucherro, English national treasures Chas and Dave, folk-Americana band The Wandering Hearts and country soul heartthrob Ryan Kinder. ‘Rockney’ faves Chas and Dave came on stage to a rapturous applause before swiftly leading the audience into big sing-alongs for ‘Gertcha’, ‘London Girls’ and ‘Margate’ while The Wandering Hearts served up honeyed harmonies on tunes from their debut album “Wild Science”.

 

Plenty of music lovers were happy to seek refuge from the 30 degree heat under the lush oak trees in Hyde Park and enjoy delicious world-class foods near the Summer Stage where a host of country and folk musicians played. Roots rockers The Americans, Nashville breakout stars Eric Paslay and Kelly McGrath, and London-based folk duo Ferris & Sylvester gave stellar performances to a receptive crowd that clapped, cheered and swayed along to their new music discoveries.

 

Bill Nighy, Dustin Hoffman, John McEnroe, Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones, Bernie Ecclestone, Cassidy Janson, Laura Whitmore, Paul Whitehouse and Suzi Perry were among the stars who turned up to watch Eric Clapton’s set.

 

Next week welcomes headliners Michael Bublé on Friday 13th July, Bruno Mars on Saturday 14th July, and Paul Simon on Sunday 15th July.

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Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

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Carrie Underwood Confirmed For The Long Road Festival In September

One of country music’s biggest global superstars, Carrie Underwood, has been confirmed for a brand new music and lifestyle festival The Long Road, which takes place in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018. Underwood joins a long list of acts from across the country, Americana and roots spectrum already confirmed for the 3-day event including The ShiresLee Ann WomackBilly BraggAngaleena Presley Catherine McGrath, The Wandering Hearts, Una Healy, Ward Thomas, Joshua HedleyCharlie WorshamElizabeth CookDanielle Bradbery and many more.

 

Carrie Underwood:

 

I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting new festival that celebrates the heart and soul of country music on a global stage!”

 

Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film and propelling her to international stardom. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote.  She will release her new studio album, Cry Pretty – which features the hit lead single of the same name – on 14th September, a few days after her performance at The Long Road.

 

Taking place within the grounds of Stanford Hall in Leicestershire from September 7th – 9th 2018, and curated by Tennessee-born country music specialist and radio presenter Baylen Leonard, The Long Road will present one of the UK’s largest, most authentic celebrations of country, Americana and roots music featuring five stages of live performances, authentic down home cookin’ and a wide range of themed outdoor activities.

 

The festival has also partnered with an array of organisations including BBC Music Introducing, who will host a stage fronted by presenter of BBC Radio 2’s weekly country show Bob Harris showcasing a selection of up and coming country and Americana acts. Harris will also broadcast tracks from the festival on his weekly country show, which airs every Thursday at 8pm on BBC Radio 2. The Birthplace of Country MusicThe Bluegrass Situation (BGS)The Americana Music Association UK, and independent UK label Loose Records, will also all be involved in bringing artists to the festival to showcase an array of international talent.

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 The Winners

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 The Winners

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Double Wins for Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 put on the show of the year at London’s Royal Albert Hall tonight. Hosts and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong presided over stunning exclusive performances and worthy winners, showing off the breathtaking diversity of this music and talent on one iconic stage.

Celebrating music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games, The Classic BRIT Awards returned for a year in which sensational new young classical performers have emerged, alongside the world’s biggest soundtracks and huge stars from musical theatre.

And with a new audience discovering classic music via platforms old and new, it was a multi-generational, multi-genre, multi-talented night.

This was summed up by a Lifetime Achievement Award for Dame Vera Lynn at 101 years old and 2 awards for Male Artist of the Year and Critics’ Choice Award for 19 year old Sheku Kanneh-Mason. 2 Awards for irrepressible duo Michael Ball Alfie Boe proved that superstars past, present and future were relishing the occasion

Dame Vera Lynn, national treasure and original “Forces Sweetheart” was honoured by the UK music industry in her 101st year.

“It’s humbling to receive accolades and I’m delighted that people still enjoy my music all these years later,” said Dame Vera, “I never really considered what I’d be doing at this stage of my life. However, it was definitely a wonderful surprise to be honoured by the Classic BRIT Awards this year.”

The brand new Soundtrack of the Year award went to 2018’s chart phenomenon, The Greatest Showman OST. The soundtrack to the hit film has spent an astonishing 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the UK Official Charts – the joint longest run at Number 1 in 30 years, tied with Adele’s ‘21’.

In a Classic BRITs exclusive, mezzo-soprano superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE returned to the stage for her first television performance since the happy news of the birth of her second child. She sang the beautiful ‘Never Enough’ from the UK’s biggest selling album of 2018 so far.

And a celebration of one of the world’s greatest entertainers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, marked his 70thyear, including a very special performance by Meghan Picerno, currently starring as Christine in the smash-hit tour of “Love Never Dies”.

He received the Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education, with the Classic BRIT Awards paying tribute to his tireless work both in supporting music education and speaking out against the funding cuts that threaten its future.

But that immediate future burns bright, with the Awards highlighting vital new artists who are bringing new audiences and sounds to this music.

After a remarkable year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason won both Male Artist of the Year and the Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music.  The 18 year old from Nottingham is a ground-breaker, becoming the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician Award in 2016.  Last year, he released his debut album ‘Inspiration’ which broke into the Top 20 in the Official UK Album Chart and was also No.1 in the Classical Chart, effortlessly covering Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen alongside Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 on the record.  He starred at the Royal Wedding in May and is fast becoming the face of the modern classical world.

Another state school educated artist taking classical music into the future, Tokio Myers won PPL Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  The North London artist has risen via the Royal College of Music before winning Britain’s Got Talent 2017 with his musical mash-ups incorporating classical music elements.  Currently working on his second album, this Breakthrough is clearly just the beginning as he proved by performing his genre busting cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bloodstream’ coupled with Debussy’s ‘Claire de Lune’ with the complete Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I’m honoured to have won this Breakthrough award,” said Tokio, “It means a lot to me to be recognised in this field and to receive a few nominations. It’s incredible to be grouped with talent such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jonas Kaufmann and Max Richter for Male Artist Of The Year. I hope that in some way I can inspire young people through what I do to pick up an instrument and to explore a side of music they might not normally listen to for themselves.”

In a truly stand out year in and outstanding career, Renée Fleming won Female Artist of the Year. The American lyric soprano was already one of the world’s most revered voices before she took on Broadway for the first time in a smash hit revival run of ‘Carousel’.

In opera, Renée brought her acclaimed portrayal of the Marschallin in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera and shone at the Oscars, featuring on the soundtracks of Best Picture and Best Soundtrack nominee films – ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, and ‘The Shape of Water’.

Andrea Bocelli was awarded the Classic BRITs Icon award and rarely can an artist be more deserving.  Perhaps the most well known classical artist of the past 20 years, Bocelli has lit up global classical and pop charts, capturing the imagination of millions. The biggest selling classical artist of all time, he has performed for four U.S. presidents, two popes and the Royal Family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup.  Known for opera and global crossover hits including ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, he recently scored a worldwide Number 1 with Ed Sheeran on the song ‘Perfect Symphony’.

Bocelli performed twice tonight, including a world exclusive performance of  ‘Quaicoasa Piu Dell’ora’ (‘If Only’) from his forthcoming album.

Andrea Bocelli said, “18 years. A lot has happened since the very first time the Classic BRITs paid tribute to my music. It’s been a relationship of mutual respect and now it has reached 18 years of age, it’s a relationship that I live with great joy because it’s the measurement of the benevolence your country has shown me. To celebrate my gratitude for the Icon Award and for these 18 years of music which made us connect over time, I would love to present to you as a world premiere, my next single If Only, from my forthcoming album. This is a song which is particularly close to me, because it’s a hymn to love, meaning the energy without which life would have no meaning; but also because it bears the signature of the same relationship which gave life to ‘A Time To Say Goodbye’.”

He also teamed up with great friend with British opera legend Sir Bryn Terfel, reviving their rousing duet of Bizet’s ‘Pearl Fishers’.

Sir Bryn followed with ‘If I Were A Rich Man’ from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, reprising his acclaimed role as Tevye in the classic musical.

Group of the Year went to the inimitable Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, two great modern voices who came ‘Together’ for 2016’s best-selling album in the UK, achieving the Christmas Number 1 record.  They also won the popular vote for Classic FM Album of the Year, voted for by the radio station’s listeners, for their second record ‘Together Again’ which went straight to Number 1. Two sold out arena tours cemented their position among Britain’s best-loved entertainers, pushing their record sales over 1 million within a year. For the awards, they performed a medley from West Side Story, a nod to Leonard Bernstein’s centenary celebrations and a bravura showcase for their consummate, seemingly effortless skills.

And the Sound of Classical Poll, in its first year, named saxophone player Jess Gillam as its inaugural winner. Calling on classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future, Jess and 4 other shortlisted finalists, Carly Paoli, Ember TrioGeorge Harliono and Sean Shibe were all featured on a special Sound of Classical Poll week on Classic FM.

From Cumbria, 20-year-old Jess Gillam made music history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of the BBC Young Musician 2016.  She has recently been announced as the youngest ever female performer for the Last Night Of The Proms and the first ever classical saxophonist to be signed to Decca Records.  She is already becoming recognised as an international ambassador for her instrument – exploding the audience’s understanding of what a saxophone can do.

More performances on the night came from British composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench, who teamed up with remarkable South African soprano Pretty Yende.  Alexis began with his composition ‘Bluebird’, joined by his ballet dancer daughter Savannah before Pretty weaved traditional South African song Shosholoza with Bluebird and Rossini’s Una Voce Poco Fa in a perfect musical marriage.

24 year old Italian classical piano sensation Beatrice Rana took to the stage to recreate her breakthrough album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  Praised for her incredible handling of such a complex and famous piece, she proved why she is considered the future of classical piano to a stunned and appreciative audience.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:
“We congratulate all The Classic BRITs winners on their deserved awards, which reflect classic music in all its diversity. It’s wonderful to see great icons such as Dame Vera Lynn and Andrea Bocelli being rightly honoured but also very encouraging to witness a new wave bristling with talent such as Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Tokio Myers and Sound of Classical Poll winner Jess Gillam breaking through. With such exciting new artists, classic music is evolving and embracing the opportunities that the streaming era offers to connect with new fans.”

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Andrew Lloyd Webber To Receive Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education

Andrew Lloyd Webber To Receive Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education

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Andrew Lloyd Webber To Receive Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education

A very Special Recognition Award for Musical Theatre & Education, will be presented to Andrew Lloyd Webber in a landmark year for the great musical theatre composer.

The Classic BRIT Awards is proud to both celebrate one of Britain’s finest modern talents and support his incredible work to keep music at the heart of British education.

Lloyd Webber recently celebrated his 70th birthday and we are delighted to be marking this at the Classic BRIT Awards, including a very special performance by Meghan Picerno, currently starring as Christine in the smash-hit tour of “Love Never Dies”.

But it is also his tireless work both in supporting music education and speaking out against the funding cuts to music education that the Classic BRIT Awards wishes to acknowledge.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “Now that I am 70 I look back and think how lucky I have been.  You are very lucky if you know what you want to do in life.  I am doubly lucky that I not only have made a living out of my passion but a hugely rewarding one.   I hope through my Foundation that I am able to give something back to the profession that has been so good to me.  I am a passionate believer in the importance of the arts in schools, particularly music, which transcends all languages, shades of politics, race and creeds.   In our increasingly dangerous and fractured world, the arts have never been as vital as they are today and they should be free.”

Classic BRIT Awards co-chair Rebecca Allen, “Our business is built on exceptional artists, without exceptional artists we are nothing. It is our responsibility, our duty to seek out and support these artists, and without music being supported in schools, our bloodline stops. The work Andrew Lloyd Webber and his team do to support music in schools is significant and we as an industry must acknowledge and applaud this, for without support like this in schools, our industry will falter.”

Since 2010, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded over £19m to support emerging artists and the provision of music education, performing arts training, and heritage skills across the UK.  The Foundation has awarded £2.4m to the Music in Secondary Schools Trust, enabling more than 6500 children across London to receive free classical music instruments and lessons as well as access to high profile performance opportunities.

He has been vocal about cuts to music education in schools that are leaving many children without access to music lessons in the UK.

By calling the cuts a “national scandal” Lloyd Webber has often raised the subject via media interviews to highlight the value that music education brings to the nation.

A recent study by the University Of Sussex found that music is losing out to English and Maths due to the government introducing the English Baccalaureate in 2010.  The number of schools offering GCSE Music are falling, compulsory music lessons were in 84% of schools in 2012-13, falling to 62% in 2016-17. In 30% of secondary schools, the music department consisted of just one teacher.

When Sunset Boulevard joined School of Rock,Cats and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway in 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four Broadway shows running concurrently. Other musicals he has composed include Aspects of LoveJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatJesus Christ SuperstarEvitaStarlight Express and Love Never Dies.

In addition to recognizing Lloyd Webber’s inspirational work, the Classic BRIT Awards are supporting the London Music Fund, donating tickets so 20 of their scholars can attend the awards.

Through their Scholarship programme, over 9,000 young musicians have been given the opportunity to develop their potential, through 4-year Scholarships and with project opportunities to learn from and perform alongside professionals.

And showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll is looking for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM– to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games. Our hosts are musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 
Available from: 020 7589 8212 and www.royalalberthall.com

www.classicbrits.co.uk

Media enquiries
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Reverend Al Sharpton Visits London

Reverend Al Sharpton Visits London

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High profile legendary American activist and campaigner the Reverend Al Sharpton was in London for a brief visit this week. In between meetings he attended a dinner at The Groucho Club arranged by Simon Woolley of The Operations Black Vote organisation on Wednesday evening.

 

The event was attended by a number of high profile guests including singer Beverley Knight, vocalist Pauline Black from the legendary two-tone group The Selecter, CEO and founder of MOBO Awards Kanya King MBE, and British actor Colin Salmon who starred as Charles Robinson in three James Bond films.

 

Sharpton, whose career in politics began in the early 70s, has been a consistent defender of his community and supporter of civil rights. He was recently described in the New York Times as the “Martin Luther King of the North.”

 

Sharpton also has an impeccable showbiz pedigree. He began his career as the tour manager for the incredible James Brown. During that period dealt with Donald Trump who was a promoter at the time. The Reverend went on to become a special advisor to Barack Obama, so doubtless one of the hot topics at the intimate dinner was his take on the current president.

 

For more information please go to: lucy.kennedy@outside-org.co.uk

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Sound Of Classical Poll Shortlist Announced

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The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 announces the shortlist for the first ever Sound Of Classical Poll.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll called on classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 13th June. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

With closing date for entries ending last week, a Classic BRITs panel convened to consider all the entrants and perform the difficult task of deciding a top 5.

As radio media partner of the Classic BRIT Awards, Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, will broadcast a special Sound of Classical week, starting on Monday 4thJune. On air, Classic FM will highlight the five nominated artists and share their journeys with the station’s 5.6 million weekly listeners, with lots more content and information available on ClassicFM.com.

Sound of Classical Poll 2018 Shortlist

1. Carly Paoli – mezzo soprano

“Nothing fills me with greater joy than being able to share my love for music, and I hope it can inspire more young people to follow their dreams in the same way I was inspired by my predecessors as a child. So being nominated for such a prestigious musical award means EVERYTHING to me.”

Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, 29 year old Carly was inspired by the great operatic voice of Maria Callas but also classic musicals. Her Italian heritage saw her spend summers in Puglia, her mother’s hometown where her love of music grew into a passion and she trained at the Royal Northern College of Music before being spotted by producer David Foster. In 2016, she sang for HRH The Prince Of Wales at Windsor castle alongside opera legend Jose Carreras who returned the favour by duetting on her 2017 debut album ‘Singing My Dreams’.
https://carlypaoli.com

2. Ember Trio – string trio

We are so proud to be nominated for the Sound of Classical 2018 award. It’s amazing that the Classic BRITs are shining a light on independent classical talent. We are truly grateful that in such a short space of time we’ve managed to make a connection through our social media performances (which now have over 150 million views) and are going some way to make classical instruments more appealing to a younger online audience.”

The London based trio consists of 2 cellos (Tom and Chris) and a violin (Elliot) and have been picking up fans online with their innovative videos, putting a classical twist on electronic pop covers.  Featuring tracks by the likes of Aviici, Major Lazer and Sia, their videos have logged over 150 million views.  Modern and original, they met while playing a string session at Abbey Road studios for Pink Floyd.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFvVfKk4mg9dVvCm1I5-4Q

3. George Harliono – Pianist

“I feel so honoured to have been nominated for this award, the Classic BRITs is such a cool event, it is so great that they are back!!”

Born in Hackney, 17 year old pianist George was invited to make his first one hour long, solo recital at the age of nine, making his concerto debut at 12. He is a regular performer with orchestras including The Russian State Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Sladkovsky. He recently performed to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall with Lang Lang and in Moscow alongside eminent Russian pianist Denis Matsuev. Aged just 16, George began studying at The Royal College of Music on a full four-year scholarship for a BMUS Degree, one of the youngest students ever to be accepted onto this course. Underlining his status as one of classical music’s brightest young prospects, world-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev last year invited George to perform Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra. He is the youngest British pianist ever to have been asked to perform with Maestro Gergiev. Upcoming engagements include concerto performances in Spain, Japan, the US and at the Berliner Philharmonie in Germany. He will also give an open air performance at the Jurmala Festival in Latvia, where he will appear alongside Aleksandrs Antonenko.

4. Jess Gillam – classical saxophonist

“I’m so thrilled to be part of the Sound of Classical Poll. The saxophone is such a versatile and expressive instrument and is not recognised as widely as other instruments in the classical world so it’s a real honour to be a part of such a fantastic event. To give a platform for young artists to show their talent to a wider audience is a great idea and I hope it inspires more young musicians.”

From Cumbria, 20 year old Jess Gillam made music history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of the BBC Young Musician 2016.  She has recently been announced as the youngest ever female performer for the Last Night Of The Proms and the first ever classical saxophonist to be signed to Decca Records.

She is already becoming recognised as an international ambassador for her instrument – exploding the audience’s understanding of what a saxophone can do.
http://www.jessgillamsax.co.uk

5.  Sean Shibe – classical guitarist

The Classic BRITs have always celebrated the scope of classical music as a genre; I’m amazed to be shortlisted for an award this year, knowing past winners and their household names.”

This 26 year old Scot has been referred to as the foremost classical guitarist of his generation and his 2017 debut solo album ‘Dreams and Fancies’ was named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine and BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumental Choice. His project softLOUD premiered at East Neuk and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, juxtaposing Jacobean lute music for classical guitar and was called ‘uncompromisingly monumental’. Constantly creating, he commissions and performs new works for his instrument, performing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and has appeared with BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Symphony Orchestras. softLOUD will be released on Delphian Records this September.
http://delphianrecords.co.uk/product-group/softloud-music-for-acoustic-and-electric-guitar/

Classic BRIT Awards co-host and Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass says, “Classical musicians know the dedication needed to master their instrument and often the expense. It’s not always easy to come by music education in schools at the moment either. We want to show support for the great young talent in this country.”

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM – to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games. Our hosts are musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 
Available from: 020 7589 8212 and www.royalalberthall.com

www.classicbrits.co.uk

Media enquiries
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chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk
T: + 44 (0)20 7436 3633

TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS TO RECEIVE  MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS TO RECEIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

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TOP TALENT AGENT EMMA BANKS TO RECEIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2018

Emma Banks is to be awarded the 2018 Music Industry Trusts Award in recognition of her huge contribution to the music industry in a career spanning over 25 years. Co-Head of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) London, Emma is one of the most successful and respected talent agents in the business, representing a host of major artists and paving the way for women across the industry.

 

Emma’s current roster of artists is second to none, including Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, Kylie Minogue, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lorde, among many others. Recent signings include Green Day, Muse, HAIM and Paramore, proving that even after nearly 30 years in the business, she is still a formidable force.

 

In addition to her role at CAA, Emma is chair of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef committee.

 

David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, said: “Emma’s innate ability to work with artists, build relationships and of course spot the talent in the first place makes her quite unique. A trailblazer for women in the industry from the outset, she is hugely respected by promoters, colleagues, artists and competitors alike. Coupled with a drive and enthusiasm rarely seen after nearly 30 years in the business, Emma is the deserving recipient of the 2018 Music Industry Trusts Award.”

 

The award will be presented on 5th November at a ceremony held in aid of the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. Emma follows last year’s honouree Rob Stringer and joins the ranks of previous recipients including Kylie Minogue OBE, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Simon Cowell, Michael Eavis CBE, and Annie Lennox OBE.

 

Beginning her career at Wasted Talent (later Helter Skelter), Emma and Mike Greek built the company into one of the premier music booking agencies in Europe, and she was subsequently named Managing Director.

 

On joining leading entertainment and sports agency CAA in 2006, Emma helped establish the agency’s London office and once again set about breaking exciting new talent.  One of Emma’s first signings at CAA was a young Florence Welch, who was playing small venues in London at the time, Florence + The Machine now regularly sell out festivals and arenas across the world.

 

Florence Welch says: Emma Banks has been a constant source of support and wisdom throughout my career. Her strength, kindness, and intuition are an inspiration to me, and many other women in the music industry, EMMA WE SALUTE YOU, Thank you for everything x”. 

 

Not content with breaking UK artists, Emma also represents US pop star Katy Perry. Working alongside Katy from her very first UK show at The Water Rats in London to global superstardom and beyond, Emma has played a pivotal role in building Katy’s extraordinary career.

 

Emma has received a number of accolades throughout her career, appearing on both Billboard’s Women In Music and International Power Players lists a number of times. She is a seven-time winner of Pollstar’s UK Agent of the Year Award, was honoured twice by the now defunct UK’s Woman of the Year Awards for the Music Industry  and in 2015 received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Music Week Women In Music Awards.

 

Emma Banks says “I am overwhelmed at being honoured at the MITS this year.  I am rarely lost for words but when David Munns rang me to ask if I would accept the award I was honestly dumbfounded.  The MITS ‘roll of honour’ is packed with people that I admire and respect – I never expected to be added to that list but will do my very best to be worthy of it!  I am looking forward to a great night and to raising lots of money for the two fantastic charities that the event supports – Nordoff Robbins and the Brit Trust.  See you there!”

 

Celebrating its 27th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the UK music business, and continues to benefit hugely deserving causes year after year. The MITS Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by Ingenious, PPL, SJM and Spotify.

 

www.mitsaward.co.uk

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For more information please contact:

The Outside Organisation

Jack Delaney: jack.delaney@outside-org.co.uk

MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CLASSIC BRITS 2018

MORE PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR CLASSIC BRITS 2018

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The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 is honoured to announce more incredible performances to complete their line-up for 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall.

In true BRITs tradition, these are world exclusives, once-in-a-lifetime events and never to be forgotten collaborations.

In a Classic BRITs exclusive, mezzo-soprano superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE returns to the stage for her first television performance since the happy news of the birth of her second child. One of Britain’s most popular singers, she was recently crowned the Number 1 selling ‘Classical Music Artist of the Last 25 Years’ by Classic FM.

Katherine will perform the beautiful ‘Never Enough’ from the UK’s biggest selling album of 2018 so far – the runaway success that is the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman.

Also nominated in our new Soundtrack Of The Year category, The Greatest Showman OST has spent an astonishing 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the UK Official Charts – the joint longest run at Number 1 in 30 years, tied with Adele’s ‘21’.

Katherine Jenkins said, “The Classic BRITs have always been a special, memorable and loved event for me and so I’m delighted to have been chosen to return and perform at this year’s awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s hugely important that we continue to honour and recognise the talent and work of the Classical Music world and I wish all the nominees the best of luck on the night!” 

In addition, Classic BRITs will present a celebration of the remarkable career of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber in what is a landmark year for the great musical theatre legend, including a very special performance by Meghan Picerno, currently starring as Christine in the smash-hit tour of “Love Never Dies”.

Lloyd Webber recently celebrated his 70th birthday and the Classic BRIT Awards is honoured to present this very special performance for this year’s ceremony.

Simply the most successful composer of musicals in history, his repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated shows, selling 330 million tickets; ‘Sunset Boulevard’, ‘Cats’, ‘Aspects Of Love’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Evita’, ‘Starlight Express’, ‘The Phantom of The Opera’, ‘School of Rock’ and ‘Love Never Dies’ – to name but a few.

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four shows running on Broadway concurrently. Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom Of The Opera, in addition to sell out tours across the US of The Phantom Of The OperaSchool of Rock and Love Never Dies, and numerous other productions being enjoyed by audiences across the world.

Beatrice Rana is the classical world’s piano sensation. The 24 year old is one of the most sought after performers on the planet, appearing at every major concert venue and collaborating with the world’s greatest conductors. The Italian’s album of Bach’s Goldberg variations sees her nominated as Female Artist of the Year.

Rana’s next album is due to be released this August as part of the Bernstein Symphonies project with Sir Antonio Pappano and will feature Bernstein’s Symphony No 2 (called “The age of anxiety” for piano). Catch her at the Classic BRIT Awards, a world-class performer with the world at her fingertips.

Alexis Ffrench and Pretty Yende are at the forefront of whole new generation of exciting classical artists and together they make an irresistible and inspirational duo. We showcase a unique collaboration between these supremely talented artists who are lighting up the classical scene.

As one of Britain’s most gifted modern composers and pianists, Ffrench’s love of classical music alongside R&B and the likes of Kendrick Lamar has enabled him to create a sound all his own.  His beautiful, modernist and accessible compositions have seen him rise in the digital music world, attracting over 50 million streams.

Especially for the Classic BRITs, he teams up here with Pretty Yende – one of the most exciting opera voices in the world today, whose story has been likened to a modern fairy tale.

A soprano born in the small town of Piet Retief, South Africa, she was inspired to learn to sing having seen by chance a British Airways advert that featured the ‘Flower Duet’ from the opera Lakmé. She has gone on to grace the great opera stages from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, to Paris Opera and Milan’s La Scala.

We cannot wait to see the results of this exciting collaboration.

In 2003, two of the world’s great operatic voices, Andrea Bocelli and Bryn Terfel performed together at the Awards and this year, they will join together again for us. Already announced as solo performers, this will be an extra special moment.

Tokio Myers will perform with the full Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is sure to stamp his own style on a classical template, drawing on his Royal College Of Music training and out of this world talent that has taken his career into the stratosphere.

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM – to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games. Our hosts are musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll is looking for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 13thJune. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00 

Media enquiries
The Outside Organisation                
chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk
T: + 44 (0)20 7436 3633

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

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The Classic BRIT Awards announces the official partners for this year’s ceremony on Wednesday 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall.

Apple Music, Classic FMPPL and Royal Albert Hall are backing the first Classic BRIT Awards in 5 years and all represent the multi-faceted, diverse event it has become. With a commitment to championing classic music in all its forms, each plays a vital role in bringing it to the public and supporting artists. And they are showing their commitment to its future by becoming our official partners in 2018.

Celebrating music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games, the Classic BRIT Awards return in a year in which sensational new young classical performers have emerged, alongside the world’s biggest soundtracks and huge stars from musical theatre.

And a new audience is discovering classic music via platforms old and new.

As the UK’s biggest classical music radio station and one of the biggest commercial radio stations in the UK, Classic FM is a long-term partner and huge supporter of the Classic BRIT Awards.

With a weekly audience of 5.7 million people, Classic FM has more than one million listeners aged under 35. The station is partnering on the ‘Classic FM Album Of The Year’ Award, voted for by its listeners, and providing significant exposure for the Sound Of Classical Poll – a competition for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June, and Classic FM will feature nominees ahead of the ceremony, providing an incredible platform for new classical talent.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “Like the Classic BRITs, we’re passionate about making classical music accessible and relevant to everyone, so it’s fantastic to be part of this celebration of world-class talent. Supporting emerging artists is particularly important to us, and we’re thrilled to be providing a platform to showcase young performers through the Sound of Classical Poll. We’re very much looking forward to what is set to be a great night.”

Music streaming continues to grow in popularity and has reached scale; classical is no exception. According to the Official Charts Company classical music streams rose 52% in the first 2 months of 2018 alone, surpassing 10 million streams every week except one. Apple Music is home of the world’s most complete catalogue of classical music available to stream and download. We are delighted to have Apple Music as the official digital music service for the Classic BRIT Awards 2018. This year’s Critics’ Choice Award will be in association with Apple Music.

PPL licenses recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to its performer and record company members.  These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.  PPL now has tens of thousands of performer and record company members, many of which will feature in or support the Classic BRIT Awards.

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer commented: “We are pleased to see the return of the Classic BRITs to the historic Royal Albert Hall on 13 June and to sponsor the Breakthrough award, championing the most exciting emerging artists.  The ceremony will champion a diverse range of talent, including many individuals from within our record company and performer community, and we look forward to being part of an event that recognises music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games.”

The Royal Albert Hall is an iconic venue for music of all kinds but as the home of the BBC Proms, the Love Classical festival, Films in Concert and the Classic BRIT Awards it is synonymous with orchestral music. A uniquely historic venue, it is the perfect backdrop to a glamorous evening.

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director of the Royal Albert Hall, said“It’s a real honour for us to welcome the Classic BRITs back to the Hall next month. We’re committed to making classical music accessible to all, both through high-profile events and Education & Outreach initiatives, and these very special awards do an incredible job of raising the profile of the genre, as well as celebrating some of the most extraordinary artists working today.”

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:  “We value the tremendous support of our Classic BRITs partners – Classic FM, Apple Music, PPL and the Royal Albert Hall as well as our record label members – and thank them for their commitment in helping to bring The Classic BRITs back after a 5-year hiatus.  Their shared passion for classic music in all its diverse and exciting new forms is not only providing support to an extraordinary new wave of talent, it is also helping to broaden the appeal of classic music among the next generation of music fans.”

Hosted by musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong, performers announced so far include the incredible Andrea Bocelli, Britain’s favourite duo Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, opera legend Sir Bryn Terfel and pianist Tokio Myers.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on June 13th. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00
Available from: 020 7589 8212 and www.royalalberthall.com

www.classicbrits.co.uk

Media enquiries
The Outside Organisation
chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk  
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Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

Classic BRIT Awards 2018 Official Partners Announced

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The Classic BRIT Awards announces the official partners for this year’s ceremony on Wednesday 13th June at the Royal Albert Hall.

Apple Music, Classic FMPPL and Royal Albert Hall are backing the first Classic BRIT Awards in 5 years and all represent the multi-faceted, diverse event it has become. With a commitment to championing classic music in all its forms, each plays a vital role in bringing it to the public and supporting artists. And they are showing their commitment to its future by becoming our official partners in 2018.

Celebrating music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games, the Classic BRIT Awards return in a year in which sensational new young classical performers have emerged, alongside the world’s biggest soundtracks and huge stars from musical theatre.

And a new audience is discovering classic music via platforms old and new.

As the UK’s biggest classical music radio station and one of the biggest commercial radio stations in the UK, Classic FM is a long-term partner and huge supporter of the Classic BRIT Awards.

With a weekly audience of 5.7 million people, Classic FM has more than one million listeners aged under 35. The station is partnering on the ‘Classic FM Album Of The Year’ Award, voted for by its listeners, and providing significant exposure for the Sound Of Classical Poll – a competition for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June, and Classic FM will feature nominees ahead of the ceremony, providing an incredible platform for new classical talent.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “Like the Classic BRITs, we’re passionate about making classical music accessible and relevant to everyone, so it’s fantastic to be part of this celebration of world-class talent. Supporting emerging artists is particularly important to us, and we’re thrilled to be providing a platform to showcase young performers through the Sound of Classical Poll. We’re very much looking forward to what is set to be a great night.”

Music streaming continues to grow in popularity and has reached scale; classical is no exception. According to the Official Charts Company classical music streams rose 52% in the first 2 months of 2018 alone, surpassing 10 million streams every week except one. Apple Music is home of the world’s most complete catalogue of classical music available to stream and download. We are delighted to have Apple Music as the official digital music service for the Classic BRIT Awards 2018. This year’s Critics’ Choice Award will be in association with Apple Music.

PPL licenses recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to its performer and record company members.  These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.  PPL now has tens of thousands of performer and record company members, many of which will feature in or support the Classic BRIT Awards.

Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer commented: “We are pleased to see the return of the Classic BRITs to the historic Royal Albert Hall on 13 June and to sponsor the Breakthrough award, championing the most exciting emerging artists.  The ceremony will champion a diverse range of talent, including many individuals from within our record company and performer community, and we look forward to being part of an event that recognises music from the worlds of classical, film, television, theatre and games.”

The Royal Albert Hall is an iconic venue for music of all kinds but as the home of the BBC Proms, the Love Classical festival, Films in Concert and the Classic BRIT Awards it is synonymous with orchestral music. A uniquely historic venue, it is the perfect backdrop to a glamorous evening.

Lucy Noble, Artistic Director of the Royal Albert Hall, said“It’s a real honour for us to welcome the Classic BRITs back to the Hall next month. We’re committed to making classical music accessible to all, both through high-profile events and Education & Outreach initiatives, and these very special awards do an incredible job of raising the profile of the genre, as well as celebrating some of the most extraordinary artists working today.”

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:  “We value the tremendous support of our Classic BRITs partners – Classic FM, Apple Music, PPL and the Royal Albert Hall as well as our record label members – and thank them for their commitment in helping to bring The Classic BRITs back after a 5-year hiatus.  Their shared passion for classic music in all its diverse and exciting new forms is not only providing support to an extraordinary new wave of talent, it is also helping to broaden the appeal of classic music among the next generation of music fans.”

Hosted by musicians and Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong, performers announced so far include the incredible Andrea Bocelli, Britain’s favourite duo Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, opera legend Sir Bryn Terfel and pianist Tokio Myers.

Dame Vera Lynn has already been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Tokio Myers will be named Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist Of The Year.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on June 13th. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now
Ticket Prices range from: £23.00 to £74.00
Available from: 020 7589 8212 and www.royalalberthall.com

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Barclaycard presents  British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2018!

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2018!

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE 2018!

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE returns for a wonderful week of free summer activities, in-between two weekends of huge musical line-ups.

 

There will be Free Movie Nights, Live Music & Entertainment, Street Food, Pop Up Bars, Tennis Screenings, Free Aerial Circus, Free Comedy Bingo, Free Family Theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase, Birra Moretti Presents The Gran Tour, and much more.

So come on down and enjoy the host of free activities bringing a true taste of summer to your week, all at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park!

 

Here’s what the OPEN HOUSE has in store….

 

FREE OUTDOOR CINEMA / MONDAY-THURSDAY (5.30PM AND 8.30PM)

 

Following the ever-growing demand over the past five years, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is hosting four evenings of themed movie nights at one of the biggest outdoor screenings in London. Whether you fancy a night of sing-along musical tunes such as ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Grease’, or are a Wes Anderson fan, or maybe want to reminisce with an 80s classics like ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’, Hyde Park has got you covered.

 

Two films will be shown each evening at 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Entry is free on a first-come-first-served basis and headphones are provided!

 

MONDAY = FAMILY FAVOURITES

5.30pm: The Lego Movie (U)

8.30pm: Matilda (PG)

 

TUESDAY  = MUSICALS

5.30pm: Grease (PG)

8.30pm: The Greatest Showman (PG)

 

WEDNESDAY = CRITICS’ CHOICE

5.30pm: Lion (PG)

8.30pm: The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

 

THURSDAY = 80S CLASSICS

5.30pm: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (PG)

8.30pm: Flash Gordon (PG)

 

 

FREE TENNIS SCREENINGS @ WIMBLEDON SCREEN / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – END OF PLAY)

 

Want to watch the tennis outdoors this summer without the hassle of a crowded bar? Join us for FREE Wimbledon Championship screenings from 12pm onwards during Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE. Just bring a picnic blanket, grab a spot on the grass and you’re ready to catch all of the action.

 

 

FREE LIVE MUSIC @ THE BARCLAYCARD STAGE / MONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 10.30PM)

 

On the Barclaycard Stage from 4pm – 10pm, let ITV’s Arielle Free host your FREE evening of live music at OPEN HOUSE. Scottish TV Presenter and Radio DJ Arielle Free is one of the industry’s rising stars. With her passion for new music and music festivals, Arielle spends most of her summers hot footing between the UK’s biggest festivals including live hosting at Glastonbury and Bestival to name but a few.

 

Monday 9th July – Mister Kanish, Daytoner

 

Kicking off the festivities and new to OPEN HOUSE is Mister Kanish, a band who mix 90s style hip-hop with Mumford and Sons folk, UK garage with rock riffage. An unstoppable force on the party scene since 2008 smashing sets all over the UK with their unique arrangements of all your favourite songs.

 

Up next, Daytoner’s 6 piece line-up of baritone & tenor sax, flute, keys, bass, drums and DJ, fronted by the soul powerhouse that is Lucy Richards always fills the dance floor.

 

 

Tuesday 10th July – Freddie & Freeloaders, London Gay Big Band

 

Freddie & Freeloaders have achieved national acclaim for their live shows and interpretation of golden era Soul & Motown modern soulful dance and pop classics. They’ve worked alongside acts such as Sly and The Family Stone, Roy Ayres, De La Soul, Guru, Chase and Status, to perform regularly at Glastonbury Festival – and this year they’ll be gracing Hyde Park for OPEN HOUSE!
BST Hyde Park is delighted to welcome back the London Gay Big Band to OPEN HOUSE. The band, founded in the summer of 2011, is a sensational twenty piece jazz orchestra made up of predominantly – but not exclusively – LGBT musicians and vocalists. They’ll be bringing their fresh and fabulous vibe back to the midweek festivities!

 

 

Wednesday 11th July – London Gay Men’s Chorus, Temple Funk Collective

 

Britain’s biggest boy band, The London Gay Men’s Chorus return for a fourth year to entertain and inspire through their diverse and impressive repertoire. With music including Britney Spears, Rag’n‘Bone Man and Eric Whitacre, gems by Sondheim and Sia and vibrant settings of work from Brel to Björk, the concert promises to be another unique LGMC experience in Hyde Park.

 

Temple Funk Collective are new to British Summer Time Hyde Park. The New Orleans-style 8-piece brass band riot take their lead from Louisiana legends, adding gypsy, jungle and hip hop. With a rapidly growing fan base they are becoming one of the UKs top New Orleans Brass Bands now mixing upbeat originals into a set of classic covers, with both clever and cheeky arrangements Temple Funk are a band you can watch over and over again and still spot something new.

 

 

Thursday 12th July – House Gospel Choir, Old Dirty Brasstards

 

Also new to the midweek festivities is the House Gospel Choir. Even when the midweek is drawing to a close, there will be no slowing down with HGC’s electrifying House meets Gospel experience that never fails to get audiences singing, dancing and raving along!

 

Old Dirty Brasstards are a 10-piece drum and brass outfit made up of some of London’s top freelance Brass and percussion musicians, playing an eclectic mix of tunes from the Beatles through to Lady Gaga and Basement Jaxx by way of En Vogue. ODB aims are quite simple; to leave audiences smiling, singing and make them dance – get ready, Hyde Park!

 

 

FREE COMEDY BINGO WITH BOGAN BINGO & HIP HOP BINGO @ CARNIVAL STAGE / MONDAY-THURSDAY (7.45PM-8.45PM)

 

Strap in and prepare to experience the simmering chaos of the comedy gameshow, Bogan Bingo. An undeniably unique night of entertainment mixing classic 80s anthems, spectacular prizes, appalling choreography and two mulleted Aussie bingo callers – all tentatively held together by an eye watering version of the classic game of bingo.

 

Forget everything you know about bingo, as The Carnival Stage will also be bringing you Hip Hop Bingo! Hosted by the charming New Yorker Grandma Flash and her 87 year old lover, they call the numbers and drop the beats old school style in this brilliantly fun night out.
Expect phat prizes, lip sync battles, dance offs and gold plated everything all wrapped up in a night of bingo, breakin’ and booty shakin’.

 

For timetable, visit www.bst-hydepark/openhouse

 

STREET FOOD MARKET AND POP UP BARS / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

 

Whether you are a pizza lover, prefer a sushi wrap or have a sweet tooth for a chocolate brownie, the OPEN HOUSE street food market has it all. You will be spoilt for choice with the finest traders on offer all week long. You can also cool off in the summer sun with a draft & craft beer, wine, spirits or event a cocktail at OPEN HOUSE’s pop up bars – serving from 12pm onwards.

 

BIRRA MORETTI PRESENTS THE GRAN TOUR / MONDAY-THURSDAY (12PM – 10PM)

 

Back for a second year at British Summer Time Hyde Park, Birra Moretti Presents The Gran Tour will once again be serving up the very best in Italian culture. Join us to make time for what matters, traditional Italian beer, authentic Italian food all enjoyed with your loved ones.

 

During OPEN HOUSE, we’ll take you on a taste tour of Italy. Try your hand at creating some regional Italian light bites to be shared with your chosen family. Savour the tastes of each region and learn how they have inspired the Birra Moretti range. If you aren’t hungry you can try your hand at Bocce, take in some live music and dance to our DJ as the sun goes down over Hyde Park.

 

FREE AERIAL CIRCUS AND WORKSHOPS WITH UPSWING / MONDAY-THURSDAY (4PM – 9PM)

 

Have a go at aerial and acrobatics with Upswing… if you dare! Aerial circus company Upswing arrives at BST Open House to share how they blend aerial circus, theatre and dance together in a wonderful jumble that’ll have the audience gasping. Come along to see our free performances throughout each evening, then have a go in one of the free open workshops with professional circus artists.

 

For full timetable, visit www.bst-hydepark/openhouse

 

THE ROYAL PARKS SHOWCASE / TUESDAY-THURSDAY

 

Summer is perfect time for budding and experienced gardeners alike to get their green fingers out, and OPEN HOUSE is the perfect place to do so.  The Royal Parks Showcase features a plant sale manned by horticultural experts, visitors will be able to get tips and advice as well as buy flowers and plants grown at the on-site Hyde Park Nursery. There will be daily talks including ‘Growing food in London’s small gardens’, educational activities for all the family, a photography display which features the winners from the Parks’ 2018 competition and a summer games area. There will also be opportunities to support The Royal Parks charity by signing up to run, cycle or swim in major events such as the London Marathon.

 

FREE FAMILY THEATRE WITH CHICKENSHED @ BARCLAYCARD STAGE / TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY (10.30AM – 2PM)

 

Returning to the festival, Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed continues to grow and grow. This year will be the biggest performance of them all as Tales is teaming up with Brit School’s Community Arts Practice students who, as part of their course, study Chickenshed’s inclusive approach to theatre making

 

This collaboration will make the music livelier, the dance more spectacular and the acting considerably. Taking the whole experience to another theatrical level. The show will incorporate stories, both traditional and original told using puppets, full body suits, physical theatre and with constant input from the audience. This approach means no show will ever be the same, meaning it will be a truly unique theatre experience in a unique. And what’s more amazing is that it’s free!

 

Let’s tell some Tales as the Shed door is ready to open.

 

Timings

Tuesday 10th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)

Wednesday 11th July (10.30am, 11.45pm and 12.45pm)

 

Each show lasts 50-60 minutes

 

OPEN HOUSE timings

Monday 9th July (12pm – 10pm)

Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th July (8am – 10am / activities running from 12pm)

 

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2018 Classic BRITs Nominations Announced

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2018 Classic BRITs Nominations Announced

The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 announces nominations for this year, with a new category and recognition for a phenomenally diverse range of incredible artists. 101 year old Dame Vera Lynn leads the accolades with two nominations to add to her Lifetime Achievement Award.

There are multiple nominations for actress and musical theatre star Sheridan Smith after a stunning yearas well as Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, who sold over a million copies of their two blockbuster albums ‘Together’ and ‘Together Again’.

Classic BRIT Awards co-host Alexander Armstrong also receives two nominations and The Greatest Showman, one of the biggest albums on the planet right now, receives recognition in the brand new ‘Soundtrack Of the Year’ category.

Tina Guo represents the new wave of classical artists finding younger audiences via soundtracks and video games and is nominated for Female Artist Of The Year. Last year, she released an album of video game music – ‘Game On!’ – establishing her as the pre-eminent force in a growing genre.

Hans Zimmer, perhaps the Classic BRIT Awards’ most-listened to nominee, garners 3 nominations in the new ‘Soundtrack Of The Year’ category for his work on BBC series ‘Blue Planet II’ (alongside Jacob Shea and David Fleming), and blockbuster films ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (alongside Benjamin Wallfisch)and the extraordinary ‘Dunkirk’. The score received praise for its use of the ‘Shepard Tone’ that Zimmer describes as a ‘musical trick’ used to create ever-increasing intensity.

“The category also includes the phenomenon that is the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ movie (the UK’s biggest selling album of 2018 so far).  The album has spent an astonishing 11 consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the UK Official Charts – the joint longest run at Number 1 in 30 years, tied with Adele’s ‘21’.

Olafur Arnalds’ score for hit ITV show ‘Broadchurch – The Final Chapter’, completes the category, recognising a hugely popular genre where the public hears incredible, newly composed music.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:

“The nominations for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards have captured the essence of classic music in all its exciting and diverse forms. From operatic traditions to contemporary classical and from film and games soundtracks to musicals, all forms of classic music and the artists that bring it to life will be celebrated at this year’s awards. I am also thrilled that British music legend Dame Vera Lynn is honoured as our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.”

Elsewhere, the nominations continue the theme of extraordinary and varied talent.

With Tina Guo, the Female Artist Of The Year category boasts Dame Vera Lynn, a national treasure whose album ‘Vera Lynn 100’ became the biggest selling album released by a woman in 2017. They are joined by 24 year old classical pianist and phenomenon Beatrice Rana, opera legend Renée Fleming and Sheridan Smith.

In the Male Artist Of The Year category, opera’s leading man, tenor Jonas Kaufmann brings the classical star quality, alongside modern composer Max Richter, famous for his own work on screen and stage alongside his acclaimed recordings. Our Classic BRITs host Alexander Armstrong is nominated, a renaissance talent, if ever there was one as host of popular daytime TV quiz ‘Pointless, a celebrated comedian and classically trained baritone with 2 top 10 albums to his name.

Completing the category are two young men with the world at their feet, both educated at state schools, illustrating a new accessibility for classical music. Tokio Myers is a supremely talented musician who won Britain’s Got Talent 2017 with his musical mash-ups incorporating classical music elements. After his reworking of ‘Jerusalem’ for the Official Commonwealth Games anthem last month, he will also be awarded the Classic BRITS Breakthrough Artist Of The Year Award.

Sheku Kanneh- Mason is a 19 year old cellist whose debut album ‘Inspiration’ broke into the Top 20 in the Official UK Album Chart and was also No.1 in the Classical Chart, applying for the job as the classical sensation of a new generation. His covers of Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen sit alongside Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 on the record, illustrating his diverse musical taste.

Group Of The Year sees young Scots, the Ayoub Sisters competing against Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, whose recent partnership has cemented them as among Britain’s most popular entertainers. Sensations 2CELLOS join the category alongside Jools Holland & Jose Feliciano’s album collaboration ‘As You See Me Now’.

The latter receive a further nomination for Classic FM Album Of the Year, the award voted for by listeners of Classic FM.  The worldwide best-seller Andre Rieu is also a strong contender for that category, alongside more nominations for Dame Vera LynnMichael Ball & Alfie BoeTokio MyersAlexander ArmstrongSheridan Smith and Sheku Kanneh-Mason among others.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Classic BRITs once again, and to host the voting for the Classic FM Album of the Year. With 5.7 million listeners, Classic FM is the UK’s biggest classical music radio station, and we’re looking forward to reflecting all the excitement ahead of what’s set to be a great night.”

The Classic BRIT Awards returns for 2018 for the first time in 5 years – reformatted and refreshed, exclusively broadcast on ITV and in partnership with Classic FM – to celebrate the growing appeal of classical and music from film, television, theatre and games.

Hosted by musicians and presenters Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong, performers announced so far include the incredible Andrea Bocelli, Britain’s favourite duo Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, opera legend Sir Bryn Terfeland pianist Tokio Myers.

Showcasing the best and brightest of incredible new British talent, the Classic BRIT Awards’ Sound Of Classical Poll is looking for classical artists aged 13-30 and tipped for a great future. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel and revealed at the ceremony in June.

The winner will receive £1000 toward their music tuition or equipment and 4 tickets to the Classic BRIT Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on June 13th. Enter at www.classicbrits.co.uk.

The categories for this year’s Classic BRIT Awards 2018 are:

Male Artist of the Year
Female Artist of the Year
Group of the Year
Soundtrack of the Year
Critics’ Choice in association with Apple Music
Classic FM Album of the Year
Classic BRITs Icon
Sound of Classical 2018
Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Special Recognition Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Tickets for The Classic BRIT Awards 2018 on sale now 
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BST HYDE PARK FULL FIRST WEEKEND LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

BST HYDE PARK FULL FIRST WEEKEND LINE UP ANNOUNCED!

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park completes its first weekend of music with special guests added for Roger Waters (6th July), The Cure (7th July) and Eric Clapton (8th July).

Pink Floyd visionary Roger Waters is famous for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels, turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale. His 2018 Hyde Park performance promises to be no exception, following months of meticulous planning and craft, it will inspire crowds with its powerful delivery to take the audience on a musical journey.

Joining Waters on Friday 6thJuly are American rock trio X Ambassadors, who have produced hits including “Jungle”, “Renegades” and “Unsteady” and worked alongside the likes of Bebe Rexha, Machine Gun Kelly and Eminem. And Mancunian rock quartet Slydigs, who have previously supported The Who on their ‘Back To The Who Tour 51!’ Tour. Also joining the first day of the festival is singer-songwriter Colin MacleodCC Smugglers and Lil & Ollie. Already announced are Richard AshcroftSeasick Steve and Squeeze.

The Cure have chosen Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park for a truly unique celebration of their 40th anniversary. With more than 30 million combined sales of 13 studio albums and more than 40 singles, the band are both commercially and critically acclaimed. They have helped shape the post punk musical landscape in the UK, bringing alternative rock to charts around the world.

Added to the bill for Saturday 7thJuly is Irish indie-folk artist Lisa Hannigan, a Mercury Prize nominee who achieved critical success with her 2016 album ‘At Swim’, and English goth-poppers Pale Waves, who recently scooped the NME Under The Radar Award 2018 and have since gone on to dominate headlines across the country.

Also joining the day is experimental rock trio This Will Destroy You and Scottish singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph. Already announced on the line up are InterpolGoldfrappEditorsRide and Slowdive.

With a decades-long career and countless accolades to his name, Eric Clapton is also something of a local, having first played Hyde Park with Blind Faith on June 7th, 1969 alongside band mates Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech to a 120,000 strong audience – it was the band’s debut.  He returned to the Royal Park in 1996, recording a classic live concert that raised money for The Prince’s Trust, again in 2008 and has played over 200 times at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.

Joining Eric Clapton to close the first weekend is legendary Italian singer Zucchero, whose career spans more than three decades with sales of over 60 million records worldwide.

Pop rock duo Chas & Dave have had eight Top 40 hit singles, their major breakthrough being “Gertcha” in 1979. The duo stole the show with their last British Summer Time Hyde Park performance last year, with huge crowds swarming the Summer Stage to watch the cockney legends perform the hits. Their new album ‘A Little Bit Of Us’ is out today, their first album in three decades to feature brand new Chas & Dave songs.

Chas says, “We are very much looking forward to returning to British Summer Time Hyde Park this year. Especially as we’re supporting our mate, Eric!  This lot are in for a treat as we’ll be performing a few songs from our new album – which includes our first new material to be released in 30 years“.

Also added are rock group Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, London folk-pop quartet The Wandering Hearts, Tennessee-born singer-songwriter and guitarist Ryan Kinder, Los Angeles rock & roll trio The Americans, American country singer Eric Paslay and americana pop country artist Kelly McGrath. Previously announced on the line-up are SantanaSteve Winwood and Gary Clark JR.

With many more guests announced for the second weekend, the headliners for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 are: Roger Waters (6th July), The Cure (7th July), Eric Clapton (8th July), Michael Bublé (13thJuly) Bruno Mars (14th July) and Paul Simon (15th July).

Tickets for Roger Waters (6thJuly) The Cure (7thJuly) and Eric Clapton (8thJuly) have now SOLD OUT

Tickets for Michael Buble (13th July), Bruno Mars (14th July) and Paul Simon (15th July) are on sale now.

Ticket prices from £65.00

Embarking on its sixth year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is now one of Britain’s biggest and best summer events, attracting some of the greatest names in music to the heart of London’s beautiful Hyde Park.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival: 
Nominated for Best International Festival at the Pollstar Awards 2017
Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017
Best Hospitality’ award at the UK Festival Awards 2017
AEG / Goldenvoice (organisers of BST) ‘Best Promoter’ at the UK Festival Awards 2016
Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014
‘Festival of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2013
‘Best Use of New Technology’ at the Festival Awards 2013

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New Innovations in Accessibility from BST Hyde Park

New Innovations in Accessibility from BST Hyde Park

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ACCESS FOR ALL AT BST HYDE PARK!

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park are passionate about their event providing the best experience possible for all fans and continue to update their accessibility across the site.
 
Whether music lovers want the ’24K Magic’ of multi-platinum superstar Bruno Mars or to see the final European concert of Paul Simon, we want everyone to enjoy the world famous superstars in Hyde Park.
Roger WatersEric ClaptonMichael Buble and The Cure complete the headliners for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018, marking another huge year for the festival and tens of thousands of fans.
 
In 2013, BST Hyde Park was proud to be awarded the Silver Level of the Charter of Best Practice by Attitude is Everything, a charity that improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.  This is the first time a UK event has received the award in its first year.  Since then Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has worked to improve accessibility year upon year.
 
The latest updates for 2018 come in the form of a more efficient booking system, continuous improvements to the operation of viewing platforms, improvements to BSL (British Sign Language) provision, and newly announced, Ticketing Without Barriers coalition launched by Attitude is Everything to make sure we continue to lead the way.
 
Revised Booking System
As of 2018, ticket holders have the opportunity to provide their evidence of disability in advance. The advantages of this are that people will not need to bring their private documents with them on the day and it will also enable the festival to build a database of accepted evidence so that they don’t need to resubmit in future years. The closing date for submitting evidence is Friday 8thJune 2018. You can download the Supporting Document Form here
 
In Attitude is Everything’s State of Access Report 2018 – Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park was one of the listed venues/events that were praised by customers in their Access Booking Servey.
 
Viewing Platform Improvements 
Following customer feedback, the Barclaycard Stage Viewing Platform is now in an improved location and has an improved access route as well as better access to nearby accessible toilets. Roving vendors for drinks service on Main Stage viewing platform will continue after last year’s trialled success.
British Sign Language (BSL) 
This year Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has improved its BSL provision. Taking last year’s feedback on board, they will be improving the visibility and quality of the screen-in-screen display, as well as making the interpreters more visible at the side of stage.

Hearing Impairments
Promoted for 2018 is a Typetext service for those with hearing impairments who wish to contact a member of our customer service team by phone. This can accessed be via our dedicated Typetext number 18001 0203 481 55 06. A text relay assistant will relay the phone conversation between you and the person you’re calling or who is calling you.
Ticketing Without Barriers
AEG Presents are proud to be a founding member of the new Ticketing Without Barriers coalition launched by Attitude is Everything. We pledge to work together on industry-leading solutions to ensure an equal ticketing experience for Deaf and Disabled Audiences. For more information please click HERE.

Festival Director, Jim King says, “We are proud to be the first UK event to receive the Silver Level of the Charter in their first year, and we further this progress by announcing that we are a founding member of the new Ticketing Without Barriers with Attitude is Everything. We hope to continue to make events inclusive to everyone.”
 
British Summer Time Hyde Park caters for all access requirements. Guests are able to enjoy three accessible viewing areas over two stages and exclusive wandering vendors, all of which can also be enjoyed with a friend or family member with the use of an interchangeable, free Personal Assistant Pass. Expanding upon the ‘Quiet Space’ facility, one of the main objectives for 2018 is to make sure that the festival is inclusive for those with invisible disabilities. British Summer Time Hyde Park are maintaining their award winning accessibility services with their Accessibility route video, Hearing induction Loops, Accessible toilets with hoist and British Sign Language Performance Interpreter for all Great Oak Stage performances when requested.
More Special Guests Announced For BST Hyde Park

More Special Guests Announced For BST Hyde Park

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Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park builds its sensational second weekend line up as very special guests for Paul Simon (15th July), Bruno Mars (14th July) and Michael Bublé (13th July) are announced.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has a monumental show lined up for Sunday 15th JulyPaul Simon will close the festival for 2018, which will also be the final UK show of his last ever tour, ‘The Farewell Performance’.

Johnny Flynn is a folk singer, guitarist and poet. Since rising to the spotlight, Flynn has four successful albums under his belt with his band Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit. They’ve been on the road and collaborated with artists such as Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling. Johnny is also a familiar face in the acting world, best known for his lead role in Channel 4 and Netflix rom-com series ‘Love Sick’.

Tom Chaplin fronted pop-rock band Keane, before making waves as a solo artist with his striking vocals on debut album ‘The Wave’ in 2016, he has since headlined his own national tour. Hyde Park is in for a treat.

Also on the line up for 15th July is BST favourites Ward Thomas, three time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin, Callaghan, Night Flight, Sarah Darling, Jesca Hoop, Blueprint Blue and more to be revealed. Previously announced are James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.

One of the biggest popstars of the 21st century, multiple BRIT and Grammy Awards winner, Bruno Mars is taking to the Great Oak Stage on Saturday 14th July, fresh off the back of his 24K Magic World Tour.

Heating up the stage for Bruno Mars is DNCE. Assembled by frontman Joe Jonas in the summer of 2015, DNCE have shot to success with their debut single “Cake By The Ocean”. Since then, they have become one of the world’s most buzzworthy acts, winning ‘Best New Act at MTV Video Music Awards in 2016 and releasing their self titled double platinum album the same year.

The legendary Charlie Wilson (A.K.A Uncle Charlie) is a musician, singer, songwriter, producer, multiple Grammy nominee and the former lead vocalist of The Gap Band hailing from the states. He received the BET ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2013 and his star pals include Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake, for whom he featured on the summer anthem ‘Signs’ in 2004. Hyde Park can’t wait to welcome such a superstar.

Also joining the mega line up for Bruno Mars is cool trombonist and singer Trombone Shorty, London rapper Yungen, gravel-voiced singer-songwriterTom Walker, New York based duo Sofi Tukker, pop poet Liv Dawson, soul singer songwriter Alex Hepburn and DJ Rashida. This line up promises an entire day of funk, soul and summer tunes. Already announced is Khalid.

Michael Bublé’s classic voice, endearing charm and sheer panache have helped him carve a unique place in the hearts of fans around the world. His Hyde Park show is a UK exclusive performance of 2018.

Joining Mr Bublé on Friday 13th July will be fast rising Irish pop-country star Catherine McGrath, who is making a welcome return to Hyde Park after her outstanding performance last year, and Country-pop trio The Adelaides, who have gone from strength to strength since wowing a hardcore country audience when they played at the Country Music Fest show in October 2017.

Also added to the bill is TOWIE turned Country music star Megan McKenna, Nottingham-based singer songwriter Rob Green, alternative folk duo Gypsyfingers and Indie Brit-pop trio The Tailormade.  Already announced on the line up are Van Morrison, Bananarama, The Feeling and The Shires. 

With many more guests to be announced for the first weekend, the headliners for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018are: Roger Waters (6th July), The Cure (7th July), Eric Clapton (8th July), Bruno Mars (14th July) and Paul Simon (15th July).

Tickets for Roger Waters (6th July), The Cure (7thJuly) and Eric Clapton(8thJuly) have now SOLD OUT

Embarking on its sixth year, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Parkis now one of Britain’s biggest and best summer events, attracting some of the greatest names in music to the heart of London’s beautiful Hyde Park.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is an award-winning festival: 
Nominated forBest International Festival at the Pollstar Awards 2017
Shortlisted for Best Major Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2017
Best Hospitality’ award at the UK Festival Awards 2017
AEG/ Goldenvoice (organisers of BST) ‘Best Promoter’ at the UK Festival Awards 2016
Headline Performance of the Year (The Libertines) at the UK Festival Awards 2014
‘Festival of the Year’ at the UK Event Awards 2013
‘Best Use of New Technology’ at the Festival Awards 2013

Tickets for Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars and Paul Simon are on sale now

Ticket prices from £65.00 

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Samantha Johnson hosts Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game Series

Samantha Johnson hosts Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game Series

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SAMANTHA JOHNSON hosts Kick It Out’s Raise Your Game Series

SAMANTHA Johnson is a well known broadcaster who’s TV career has gone from strength to strength. She’s currently working as an anchor and correspondent on Beyond the Game for TRT World (an international English-language multimedia news organisation based in Istanbul).

 

Samantha has been announced as a host of the upcoming Raise Your Game national conference at the Emirates Stadium on 16th April 2018.

 

She is a journalist and mentor with both creative skills and experience in production.

In the past year, she has produced a series of self-sourced, groundbreaking and innovative pieces on a variety of topics, from shining a light on depression in football, Irish sport and racism to securing exclusive interviews. One such interview, for example, with Premier League manager, Claudio Ranieri, has had over 1 million views online and received worldwide coverage on CNN, Fox Sports, MailOnline, The Telegraph and The Guardian.

 

Samantha is a tremendous ambassador for women working in sports broadcast and was named in the 2016 Football Black List – a list that recognises and celebrates influential figures in football – and featured in the 2014 PowerList  “Top 20 list of Britain’s Most Influential people Under 40” for her achievements in the media.   The Kick It Out ‘Raise Your Game’ is a free mentoring event, supported by the Premier League and will see hundreds of individuals aspiring for a career in the football industry provided with the opportunity to gain insight and knowledge from professionals across several aspects of the game.   The Raise Your Game series is Kick It Out’s unique programme, which helps provide opportunities for people who aspire to work within the football industry.   Samantha will join the likes of Manish Bhasin, Reshmin Chowdhury, Max Rushden and Clarke Carlisle in hosting the national conference on behalf of football’s equality and inclusion organisation.   Samantha has a compelling life story as a young single woman who uprooted from the UK to Istanbul, a city undergoing political upheaval, and has made a great life for herself there. With good looks, versatility and the likeability factor – Samantha’s career is going from strength to strength and therefore wants to help others to do the same.

 

Samantha is a highly regarded journalist with a conscience, helping young people through mentoring and public speaking and highlighting injustices, and campaigning with focus on race and gender issues. Samantha is a huge believer in giving back and inspiring the next generation. Because of her knowledge and experience in her field she has chaired, mentored and featured on panels at the Houses of Commons, Wembley Stadium and The Etihad, as well as countless Universities and schools throughout the UK.   Samantha said: “I have long admired Kick It Out’s efforts on many fronts within the game. Helping to create opportunities and career pathways for people who aspire to work within the football industry is another important tranche of their work that I’m proud to support by hosting this year’s Raise Your Game conference.”

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds  North and Latin America Tour 2018

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds North and Latin America Tour 2018

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have announced live dates in North and Latin America.

One of the most intense and exciting live acts on the planet, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds will be headlining festivals across Europe this summer, before crossing continents to Latin and North America for 9 dates in October.

2017 saw the band play sell out shows in Australia, Europe and North America, stunning audiences with an incredible, emotional live experience and picking up some of the best reviews of an already decorated career.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ seven-piece touring line-up features Nick Cave (vocals, piano), Warren Ellis (piano, keyboards, violin, tenor guitar), Martyn Casey(bass), Thomas Wydler (drums), Jim Sclavunos (vibraphone, percussion, piano, drums), George Vjestica (guitar) and Larry Mullins (keyboards, piano).

They will be joined by special guest Cigarettes After Sex for their shows in Los Angeles, Washington DC and Toronto.

Tickets www.nickcave.com

São Paulo on sale April 13, 9am BRT
Latin America wide on sale April 14 (visit nickcave.com for timings)
North America on sale April 19, 10am local time

2 Oct – Pepsi Center WTC – Mexico City, Mexico
5 Oct – Teatro Caupolicán – Santiago, Chile
8 Oct – Teatro de Verano – Montevideo, Uruguay
10 Oct – Estadio Malvinas Argentinas – Buenos Aires, Argentina
14 Oct – Espaço das Américas – São Paulo, Brazil
21 Oct – The Forum – Los Angeles, CA*
25 Oct – The Anthem – Washington DC*
26 Oct – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
28 Oct – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, Canada*

*With special guest Cigarettes After Sex.

2017 UK show reviews:

“Joyous and unexpectedly triumphant” The Guardian *****

“An extraordinary response to the unimaginable” The Telegraph *****

“Tense and thunderous at times, tender and cathartic at others. It’s masterful.” i *****

“A triumphant performance charged with tragedy” The Evening Standard *****

“Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds used to be a great live act. Tonight, they are phenomenal.” The Line Of Best Fit

“A sense of awe rings around the O2 as the Bad Seeds leave the stage, lifetime Cave fans shocked at quite how magnificently the band have mutated.” Loud & Quiet

2017 US show reviews:

“There was murder, bloodshed, weeping and betrayal in these songs, many of which explored the tension between control and the furious abandonment of it. And yet there was hope, and an unfettered adoration and belief in the ideals of romantic love.” Los Angeles Times

“It could be said that Cave himself gets right down to people’s souls—more-so than any artist of recent memory. To meet a Nick Cave fan is to meet a disciple. To see a Nick Cave concert is to witness a kind of musical sacrament.” LA Record

“The pain [Nick Cave]’s voice conveys on [Skeleton Tree] is almost too much to bear, but shared with 6,000 disciples experiencing the same feelings it becomes life af- firming…His shows have become true art. And like all great art it is an experience that will transform you and stay with you for years to come.” Forbes

“The people in the pit felt his breath, had their hands guided to his heart, and were often relied on to hold him from the ground. Near the stage, it was the most baroque hardcore show ever conceived. The audience was part of the show. Everything was interactive.” Consequence Of Sound

THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018

THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018

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THE MTV STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION PRESENTS MTV RE:DEFINE 2018 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GOSS-MICHAEL FOUNDATION AND DALLAS CONTEMPORARY HONORING TRACEY EMIN CBE RA

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation, in partnership with Dallas Contemporary and The Goss-Michael Foundation, is pleased to announce this year’s MTV RE:DEFINE benefit will feature contemporary art donations by celebrated British icons Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and others, which will be auctioned at the world-premiere art exhibition gala. The evening, presented by NorthPark Center, takes place on Friday, April 13, 2018 in their multi-million dollar art installation space: the CenterPark Garden.

 

Tracey Emin is this year’s artist honoree at MTV RE:DEFINE benefit. Often considered one of the most significant British contemporary artists, Emin is best known for her autobiographical and confessional works that span a variety of media including painting, drawing, video, photography, sculpture, neon text and sewn appliqué. Emin’s work has been exhibited extensively internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in America, Japan, Australia, Germany and Holland. Most recently, she unveiled a new permanent public commission in Sydney, “The Distance of Your Heart” (2018).

 

Emin will be donating to the live auction: Its different when you are in love (2016) – a neon text art installation (127 x 39 x 1 inches) – and three gouaches: Dreaming That you were There (2011) 23.23 x 30.71 inches, I wanted to be carried by you (2011) 10 x 13.98 inches, and Thank you (2011) 10 x 13.98 inches.

 

Singer-songwriter Arlissa is also confirmed to perform at this special benefit. The German-born and London-bred artist is best known for her global viral hit ‘Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie’ with Jonas Blue, which was touted by Idolator as “the first big banger of 2018”. The single has to date racked up over 9.8 million streams on Spotify. Arlissa’s effervescent soulful vocals saw her earmarked in the highly influential BBC Sound of 2013 alongside HAIM, The Weeknd and CHVRCHES early in her career, and opened the door for a collaboration with Nas. A rising star in her own right, Arlissa has also co-written for K-pop giants BTS and even had Nelly Furtado cover her single ‘Sticks and Stones’.

 

The evening will also feature a live auction led by Simon de Pury, and chaired by Maxine Trowbridge and Brooke Davenport to benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Dallas Contemporary.

 

Since 2011, MTV RE:DEFINE has been recognized as a premiere exhibition and auction in Dallas, TX, raising over $10 million for HIV prevention through MTV Staying Alive, and the Dallas arts community through Dallas Contemporary. This has been made possible thanks to contributions from many of the world’s leading artists including Marc Quinn, Michael Craig Martin, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Nate Lowman, Sterling Ruby, Damien Hirst, Sarah Morris, Theaster Gates and Kenny Scharf among others.

 

This year’s event marks the 20th anniversary of MTV Staying Alive Foundation and the 40th anniversary of Dallas Contemporary. The exhibition will feature over 50 works, including pieces from some of the world’s foremost contemporary artists: Tracey Emin, Richard Phillips, and Francesco Clemente, amongst others.  Selected works will be on view to the public at NorthPark Center the week before the benefit.  Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director of Dallas Contemporary, remarked: “MTV RE:DEFINE is always the best extravaganza for great food, the best contemporary art, and iconic rock n’ roll – it’s a Dallas event like no other. Tracey Emin will push the limits of cool Britannia and the event’s electric vibe.”

 

“The Dallas community has been such a huge supporter of MTV RE:DEFINE over the years, and we’re thrilled to bring MTV RE:DEFINE back to Dallas again as part of MTV Staying Alive’s 20th anniversary celebrations,” said Georgia Arnold, Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

 

“For the past four years, NorthPark Center has been honored to support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Dallas Contemporary and The Goss-Michael Foundation through MTV RE:DEFINE.

We are thrilled to extend our involvement this year by hosting this premier art auction at NorthPark Center in our CenterPark Garden.  It is certain to be an incredible evening, featuring the fabulous work of Tracey Emin and raising much-needed funds for HIV prevention and arts education,” said Nancy A. Nasher, Co-owner of NorthPark Center with her husband David Haemisseger.

 

Tickets to MTV RE:DEFINE 2018 are available at www.mtvredefine.com. For sponsorship information contact Joyce Goss, redefine@gossmichaelfoundation.org.