White Rose Festivals has just announced the lead artists and playlists for the shows at this year’s White Rose Winter Music Festival, which promises once again to celebrate the very best of Yorkshire. The 2011 festival takes place from 17th – 19th November at Harewood House.
Emma Ramply, one of the Festival Directors expands:
We set out at the beginning of 2010 to create something really unique to Yorkshire which would officially mark the start of the festive season, making the most of the outstanding heritage, hospitality and entertainment `Gods own county’ has to offer. The inaugural 2010 festival at Ripley Castle went better than we could have possibly imagined attracting over 2,500 people, despite the extreme snowy conditions early last December.
This year we have taken that Yorkshire pride to the next level, seeking out the very best musical talent originating from Yorkshire in selecting both our professional artists, as well as our two young budding stars, Emma Hart and Ravi Patel, winners of the Yorkshire’s Got Young Talent competition.
The festival opens on the Thursday night with A Night at the Opera where the Yorkshire’s Got Young Talent winners, Emma Hart and Ravi Patel, will be debuting alongside Yorkshire born professional opera singers; Hannah Mason, Joanne Dexter, Nick Sales and John Cunningham who all have a wealth of experience performing title roles for Opera North, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera and have performed all over the world. A Night at the Opera presents a selection of the finest and most loved arias from the World’s greatest acclaimed operas including; Carmen, Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly, Aida, La boheme and many more, accompanied by the Northern Camerata Orchestra.
The Friday night heats up with A Night in the West End, everyone’s favourite hits from the Musicals combined in an exhilarating programme, which will transport the audience to the lights of London’s West End. Songs from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Joseph, Phantom of the Opera, Chess, Mama Mia, the Sound of Music.. performed by West End stars, Alison Guill, Lisa Thorner , Daniel Meades and Kris Manuel, accompanied by the Northern Camerata Orchestra.
A Night at the Proms on the Saturday night provides a fittingly raptuous finale to the festival where audience members will be waving union jacks to an intoxicating programme of great British classics featuring; Pomp and Circumstance, Nimrod, Jerusalem amongst many more patriotic favourites, led by critically acclaimed soprano Claire Ormshaw and tenor Nick Sales, accompanied by the Northern Camerata Orchestra.
Claire Ormshaw is establishing herself as one of Britains brightest and most versatile sopranos. Claire sings Nannetta with beautiful clarity and floats top notes that melt the heart.
The 2011 festival programme has been put together and directed by Harrogate based Music Director Anna Cunningham of Ultimate Voice and the Northern Camerata Orchestra will be led by Huddersfield born conductor Ben Crick, who is also principal guest conductor of the English National Philharmonic Orchestra, visiting lecturer at several UK universities and writes for Classical Music Magazine.
It’s always exciting to be working on great pieces of music and the three nights of the White Rose festival are packed full of absolute masterpieces. When you combine this with the spectacular setting of Harewood House and the exceptionally high standard of the performers involved then the festival promises to be a really special event.
To find out more about the show programme and artists for the 2011 White Rose Winter Music Festival, or to book tickets or hospitality, please visit www.whiterosefestivals.com