Wynton Marsalis, Timothy West and the John Wilson Orchestra will headline the 48th Harrogate International Festivals.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kate Adie and Jay Raynor also star as part of the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival.
Sharon Canavar, CEO of Harrogate International Festivals, said: We’re not far off our 50th anniversary celebrations and 2014 will feature a packed schedule of festivities. We’re really excited to be welcoming the most famous jazz musician of his generation, Wynton Marsalis.
Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Orchestra will launch his UK show in Harrogate, celebrating the 75th anniversary of iconic record label Blue Note. The show embraces the entire history of modern jazz from bebop to the dancefloor, performing big band arrangements of unforgettable classics. Tickets for the show are now on sale.
The ever-popular John Wilson Orchestra swings into town with the sumptuous sounds of the great MGM musicals. Special tickets will be available for a special post-show champagne reception with the stars of the show.
Other music acts include the 2013 BBC2 Folk Award-winners Bellowhead, famed for their exhilarating live performances featuring the 11-strong band. For classical fans, the BBC Young Musician 2012, cellist Laura van der Heijden stars, as well as the Official Harpist to H.R.H The Prince of Wales, Hannah Stone.
Sharon added: 2014 is also a year for commemoration and there can be no more meaningful way to do so than through the power of great music and literature. We’ll be marking the Centenary of the Great War with a performance from the powerhouse actor, Sir Timothy West, in ‘Pity of War’.
Also, the magnificent Medici Quartet will play Sir John Tavener’s final work, who died last year, in what promises to be a deeply moving concert.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes leads a luminous literary line-up for the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival – the full programme will be announced later this spring.
Tickets go on sale 20 March. Tickets for Spring Series and Wynton Marsalis NOW on sale. Box Office | 01423 562 303, or book online and find out more: www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com