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Harrogate hits the right note for Gilbert & Sullivan festival goers

Ticket bookings are breaking records as Harrogate proves a hit with those looking to attend this summer’s International Gilbert & Sullivan festival.

Organisers of the three-week festival say bookings are “far exceeding” previous years after it was announced the event would move to Harrogate for its 21st year in 2014.

Festival founder and artistic director, Ian Smith said: We are absolutely delighted with the results of our priority bookings.

In particular, our group and special accommodation package bookings have far exceeded previous years and this undoubtedly bodes well for a fantastic festival in the summer.

The main festival takes place in the Royal Hall and will feature 35 full-scale Gilbert & Sullivan performances and more than 15 groups, including 10 of Britain’s leading Universities, performing in the nearby Harrogate Theatre.

Simon Kent, director of Harrogate International Centre, said: The fact that bookings are doing so well is brilliant news for Harrogate.

We, as a venue, are looking forward to welcoming the world to The Royal Hall and hosting some of the spectacular shows taking place throughout August.

The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival is one of the major events which is really going to cause a buzz in Harrogate this summer.

Special events around the town include a WW1 Gala Concert at Newby Hall, Tosca at Fountains Abbey, a Sullivan Choral Spectacular presented by Oxbridge Opera Company in the magnificent setting of Ripon Cathedral and a Sullivan Symphony Concert in St Peter’s Church, Harrogate.

A world record attempt to perform all 13 Gilbert & Sullivan operas in 13 different locations is planned for August 15 and 16 with participants aiming to cut at least 60 minutes off the current record of 29 hours 11 minutes. There is also a packed fringe programme and late-night Festival Club offer entertainment around the clock.

See the programme: or telephone 01422 323252.  Box Office opens 2 April: 01423 502116.

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