Hampton Court Palace Festival


Liza Minnelli headlines
Hampton Court Palace Festival’s 20th Anniversary

“One of the capital's most intimate and musically eclectic festivals”
Evening Standard

Historic Royal Palaces and PWR Events are thrilled to announce that the legendary Liza Minnelli will perform at the 2012 Hampton Court Palace Festival. The worldwide universally loved superstar will provide the opening for the Festival’s 20th Anniversary on Thursday 14th June. The concert will include many of Liza’s showstoppers such as Cabaret, Maybe This Time, New York New York – arguably her very own signature tune – all written especially for her by the legendary song writing partnership of John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) – and a selection of her best loved songs. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 2nd February at 5pm.

In addition, Brit Award Winner James Morrison is also confirmed to perform in the stunning open-air courtyard of King Henry VIII’s Palace and will treat fans to his hit songs You Give Me Something, Wonderful World andI Won’t Let You Go as well as new tracks from his current album The Awakening. To mark Festival’s milestone, we are also delighted to announce that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a special 20th Anniversary Gala, which will be followed by spectacular fireworks over the Palace. Conducted by Gavin Sutherland, he will be joined by tenor James Edwards, soprano Laura Wright and violinist Clio Gould. The evening will have a long interval so that Festival-goers can enjoy their picnics and Champagne in the Palace gardens as the sun sets on the summer’s evening.

They join, Katie Melua, one of Britain’s most successful artists of the last decade and legendary Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons who will perform their first concert in the UK for 18 years at Hampton Court Palace Festival. Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will make a triumphant return to the Palace and Caro Emerald, will make her Festival debut this year.

In addition to the music, Hampton Court Palace Festival is renowned for creating a truly unforgettable experience. Artists perform in the historic main courtyard of the magnificent Tudor Palace providing an intimate atmosphere for an audience of 3,000. Corporate hospitality is available in the State Apartments and Festival-goers can also arrive early (doors open at 1730) and enjoy a delicious picnic courtesy of Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts, in the stunning Palace gardens.

To hear further announcements please register on www.hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com or follow us on twitter @HCPfestival and facebook http://www.facebook.com/HamptonCourtFestival

“This is a festival that offers everything – a wonderful selection of music, a thrilling all-star line-up and a beautiful and historic setting”
Classic FM Magazine

Listings Information:
Festival Dates:    Thursday 14th to Sunday 24th June 2012
Location:               Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Book tickets:        www.hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com
In Person:             Welcome Centre, Hampton Court Palace
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      Date                                                       Artist                                                                     Time       Ticket Prices


      14th June                                               Liza Minnelli                                                         9pm        £105 and £130


      15th June                                               Jools Holland &                                                   9pm        £45 and £50

His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra


16th June                                               20th Anniversary Gala and Fireworks              7.30pm  £45 and £50

with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra          


20th June                                                James Morrison                                                    9pm        £45 and £55


21st June                                               Caro Emerald                                                      9pm        £37.50 and £45


22nd June                                              Katie Melua                                                         9pm        £45 and £50


23rd June                                               Franki Valli & The Four Seasons                      9pm        £60 and £75

Artists Biographies

Liza Minneli – Thursday 14th June
Liza Minnelli, winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special "Legends" Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA and an Emmy, is one of the entertainment world's consummate performers. In film, on stage and in television, Liza has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans, and recognition from her peers in show business, giving new dimension and credibility to the word “superstar.”

Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra – Friday 15th June
Featuring Gilson Lavis and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.  Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will once again provide the highlight of our summer concerts. With an impressive 37 series of Later with…Jools Holland under his belt, as well as 18 years of Hootenanny, BBC2’s New Year’s Eve countdown, Jools remains the most popular pianist and bandleader in the UK today, and was honoured with an OBE in 2003 for his contribution to the British music industry as both musician and presenter.

James Morrison – Wednesday 20th June
James Morrison has been nominated for Best British Male at the 2012 BRIT awards, an accolade he has been nominated for twice before, and won in 2007.  His first two albums – Undiscovered (2006) and Songs for You, Truths for Me (2008) – have sold a combined total of 4.5m copies and yielded an astonishing ten singles, including You Give Me Something, Wonderful World, The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore and the global smash Broken Strings, featuring Nelly Furtado. Those practice shots turned Morrison into an international star.James Morrison’s third and by far best album suggests, The Awakening is the sound of an artist coming of age.

Caro Emerald – Thursday 21st June
Caro Emerald has rocketed to success in a very short space of time. Her second only show in Britain sold out at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire last year, and she wowed a 20,000 strong audience at the Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park concert. Her appearance on Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny on BBC2 this New Year further propelled her rise to fame.

Inspired by films and music from the 40's and 50's, Caro’s repertoire features an original infusion of ballroom jazz, cinematic tangos, groovin' jazz and infectious mambos that sound like they were recorded in Holywood’s golden age.

Katie Melua – Friday 22nd June
Her first two albums, Call Off The Search and Piece By Piece both became international number ones with singles such as The Closest Thing To Crazy and Nine Million Bicycles becoming airplay hits around the world.

Her next album Pictures secured Katie’s place as one of Britain’s most successful artists of the new millennium. Katie was on an exciting, record-breaking rollercoaster ride involving several massive world tours, numerous awards and many special moments – like playing on stage for Nelson Mandela with the band Queen, dining at Buckingham Palace with HRH the Queen, becoming a British citizen, performing a gig at the bottom of the North Sea, walking the Great Wall of China and playing at London’s vast O2 Arena.

In May 2010 she released The House album has garnered some of the finest notices of her career and topped Billboard’s pan-European charts. The first single The Flood was described by Radio 2’s Janice Long and the Daily Telegraph as “the best thing she’s ever done.” and The Times described it as “Her best yet”. Whether performing with her band or on her own with just her guitar Katie Melua’s voice is instantly recognisable and, with a unique and magical quality, is nothing short of astonishing.

March 2012 will see the release of Katie’s fifth studio album Secret Symphony an exquisite collection of songs that perfectly showcases that unique, instantly recognisable voice. “On this record I simply wanted to find beautiful songs and to really sing my heart out.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Saturday 23rd June
Musical hero and rock-‘n’-roll icon Frankie Valli brings his live show to the UK after an 18 year break.  Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons have had 71 chart hits, including:  40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and eight No.1’s came during the 1960s. His songs have appeared in movies such as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing and Mrs Doubtfire and as many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.

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