Now into its third year, the York Proms picnic concert will return on 14 July with one of its most ambitious line-ups yet ringing out around the ruins of the Museum Gardens in York City Centre, in partnership with the York Museum Trust.
The concert itself will be a mix of nostalgic and patriotic music from the worlds of classical, opera, musical and film, including performances from young stars from the opera world soprano Jennifer Coleman and tenor Nicholas Watts. Due to popular demand there will also be a special appearance by chart topping soprano Rebecca Newman.
Soprano Jennifer Coleman is a diverse performer whose career spans opera, television and recitals, as a full time member of the Vlaanderven Opera in Brussels: after completing her undergraduate training in Manchester, this is her return North.
Nicholas Watts was born and raised in York. After debuting with The English National Opera his prolific career has spanned world-renowned performances and he has a close working relationship with Opera North. Performing a concert of this nature in his hometown is something of a homecoming for Nicholas and he is "excited to be a part of it".
And after taking time out of her professional career for the birth of her child, Rebecca Newman is honouring fans with a special appearance specifically designed for the event. Rebecca is one of the best selling classical artists in the country, after her latest album reached number one in the classical charts. She will be joining Jennifer for a special duet of The Flower Duet from Lakme, by Delibes.
The evening headliners have a fantastic warm up from the community stage with Bev Jones Music Company, Lucy’s Pop Choir, Owl Adeventures bird of prey show, plus many more to open up the festivities.
Founder Rebecca Fewtrell is very proud: "Not only is this one of the sole big act concert picnics in the North, but also we use local suppliers and love the industry and happiness it brings to the area." This couldn’t be more true as onsite food comes in the form of coffee, ice cream, wood fired pizzas, hampers you can pre-order; all locally supplied. The event is also raising money on the day for local charities The Wilberforce Trust, which provides assistance to people with sight and hearing loss, and York Inspirational Kids, which is raising money to help disabled children and their families. They will be selling flags, painting faces and doing a collection on the gates.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at yorkproms.com, by phone on 01904 555670 or in person at the Visit York Visitor Information Centre. The gates will open at 5pm (4.30pm for fast track and disabled ticket holders) with entertainment beginning at 515pm and the main evening show starting at 7.30pm, followed by a fireworks finale. Luxury picnic hampers are available to order in advance and feature food and drink from Love Cheese, The York Pie Company. More information can be found on the website below.York Proms Website