Tatton Park Picnic Announces Tony Hadley, Rick Astley plus more

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Tatton Park is proud to announce the return of its renowned Picnic Concerts in 2012 for what is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking musical experiences of the summer calendar.

The Hallé Fireworks and Choral Spectacular will be an evening of the most celebrated and exciting pieces of choral music with the famous orchestra and a choir of 100 voices on Saturday 28 July while music icons Tony Hadley, Rick Astley, Roland Gift of the Fine Young Cannibals, Heaven 17 and Altered Images will put on ashow-stopping ‘Back To The 80s’ concert on Sunday 29 July, in association with Francis House Children’s Hospice. 

Held in the picturesque grounds of the historic estate, the Tatton Park Picnic Concerts are a true highlight of the North West’s summer season. The event celebrates the wonderful British tradition of the picnic as ten thousand concertgoers enjoy scrumptious picnics in the spectacular surrounds before experiencing world-class music and breathtaking firework displays.

The Hallé Fireworks and Choral Spectacular will come to the beautiful lakeside setting for a magical evening on Saturday 28 July. The world-class Hallé Orchestra with their choir of 100 voices, conducted by Stephen Bell, will perform renditions of the most dramatic choral masterpieces including Handel’s Zadok the Priest, the Anvil Chorus from Verdi’s Il Travatore and Orf’s formidable O Fortuna from Carmina Burana in the stunning lakeside setting of Tatton Park. This enchanting evening will crescendo with an awe-inspiring fireworks finale, as each impressive explosion is timed perfectly to accompany some of classical music’s most famouscompositions. This is one incredible summer experience not to be missed.

Back To The 80s on Sunday 29 July will feature some of the greatest and most successful artists of the 1980s: Spandau Ballet’s enigmatic frontman Tony Hadley, the soulful voice of Rick Astley, sultan of soul Roland Gift of the Fine Young Cannibals, Heaven 17 and cult Scottish rockers Altered Images.  It’s a welcome return for Heaven 17 who performed at the Tatton Park Picnic Concerts in 2009, they said:

“We're thrilled to be playing this year's Tatton Park Picnic Concerts, we played in 2009 and the audience were incredible.  We can't wait to perform there again; the lakeside setting is absolutely beautiful.”

With anthems amongst them including ‘Gold’, ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, ‘She Drives Me Crazy’, ‘Temptation’ and ‘Happy Birthday’, Back To The 80s is set to be a sensational party night. This outstanding evening is in association with Francis House Children’s Hospice, with a portion of proceeds raised on the night going towards care for children and young adults with life-threatening conditions from all over the North West.

Tatton Park Picnic Concerts stands out in a busy UK summer music programme due to its perfect marriage of the magical outdoor setting and world-class music performances, together with the celebration of one of Britain’s favourite pasttimes. Guests can choose to bring their own picnics or enjoy the delicious pre-prepared picnic hampers provided by Carluccio’s. With the estate’s interesting history of music – the mansion boasts a dedicated music room with a 1789 harpsichord – Tatton Park is the perfect destination for an incredible night of entertainment.

Published on 17 March 2012 by Wayne Feltham

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