Jools Holland’s summer gig at Holkham Hall

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Band

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Band

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Holkham Hall’s open-air concerts make a welcome return this summer with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and The Last Night of the Proms concert hosted by journalist and television presenter, Fiona Bruce.

Jools Holland returns to Holkham Hall for a night of jazz and blues music on Saturday, August 29, following the success of their last performance at the venue in 2013. His special guest will be the celebrated vocalist and performer, Marc Almond.

This year’s 20-piece orchestra is accompanied by the astounding vocal power of Ruby Turner, the soulful tones of Louise Marshall, stunning sounds of Mabel Ray and the tireless drums of original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis.

Jools Holland’s role as bandleader, pianist, singer, composer and multiplatinum recording artist will astound the crowd as he leads the orchestra’s diverse musical catalogue that stretches back across decades. This promises once again to be a boogie-woogie party at Holkham Hall not to be missed.

The magnificent setting of the south park at Holkham is also the backdrop to the Last Night of the Proms Concert the following evening, Sunday, August 30. The English National Philharmonic Orchestra will perform popular classical music joined by compere for the evening, Fiona Bruce, one of the most established journalist-presenters working in television today. As always the audience at Holkham will be encouraged to join in singing some of Britain’s best-loved patriotic pieces including Rule Britannia!

The orchestra will be accompanied by one of Britain’s most versatile sopranos Clare Ormshaw and acclaimed tenor Lee Bradley and the principal ENPO conductor Ben Crick will be in charge of the proceedings while doing his best to keep the audience under control! The evening will draw to a magnificent conclusion with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Land of Hope and Glory and a spectacular fireworks display.

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

Tickets for both concerts can be purchased from www.livepromotionsconcerts.co.uk at advance booking rates and will also be available to purchase from the Holkham ticket office from Sunday, March 29, when the hall and gardens open. For further information visit www.holkham.co.uk