Free classical music concert for youngsters

Katherine Jenkins and James Blunt will headline a concert in aid of St Catherine's Hospice taking place at Hoghton Tower near Preston in July. (s)

Katherine Jenkins and James Blunt will headline a concert in aid of St Catherine's Hospice taking place at Hoghton Tower near Preston in July. (s)

Budding singers and next-generation musicians will be able to watch a performance from one of the world’s biggest classical superstars for free this summer after kind-hearted Katherine Jenkins OBE waived admission fees for youngsters at a concert in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.

The Welsh classical cross-over star, who has made the genre accessible all over the globe, will headline the Lostock Hall hospice’s annual Symphony at the Tower concert on July 5th.

Youngsters aged 16 and under will be able to attend the show without charge, after Katherine and the event organisers decided the outdoor concert was a way to open up classical music to a new audience, whilst providing inspiration for budding singers and musicians.

The popular event, held in the stunning surroundings of Hoghton Tower, is a chance to see the multi-platinum selling artist perform with regular collaborator Anthony Inglis and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Families are welcome to take along picnics and enjoy an alfresco evening listening to a repertoire covering everything from pop covers to operatic arias.

Katherine said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the encouragement of my own family and the exposure they gave me to all kinds of different music when I was growing up.

“I know from my experience as a mentor on Pop Star to Opera Star that there is enthusiasm for the kind of music I perform among younger people. Hopefully hearing it performed live, in such a beautiful setting, surrounded by friends and family, whilst supporting a wonderful charity, will make it even more appealing.”

Tickets for the show are on sale now from.stcatherines.co.uk or from the hospice in Lostock Lane, Lostock Hall, Preston, PR2 5XU/01772 629171 priced at £34-50 until May 31st with one child admitted free per accompanying adult.

The first night of the annual Symphony at the Tower event welcomes global superstar James Blunt on Friday July 4th. Multi-award-winning Blunt, who shot to fame in 2005 with ‘You’re Beautiful’, will perform tracks from across his career, including his latest album Moon Landing which features recent chart hit Bonfire Heart. Tickets are £32-50 until May 31st.

St Catherine’s Hospice Care is an adult hospice providing specialised palliative and “end of life” care for people living with conditions that can be treated, but not cured.

It costs around £5m to run the hospice, which employs 170 staff and has a dedicated army of more than 500 volunteers, each year with only just over a quarter of this from the NHS.




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