Students from the University of Northampton will be opening Northampton Music Festival with a special night-time performance.
The University of Northampton Chamber Choir will grace the main stage at the 2018 Northampton Music Festival at 9pm on Saturday 16 June.
The Market Square performance will be the official curtain raiser for the event, whetting festival goers’ appetites for the main programme of music the following day.
Choir member Nicole Drury said: “It’s really exciting to be opening Northampton Music Festival with our unique version of Mozart’s Requiem.
“It may well be the biggest chamber choir performance we have ever done and everybody is looking forward to stepping onto the main stage.”
The choir will warm up for their festival appearance when they perform at the Unversity’s Degree Show, on Friday 8 June.
Northampton Music Festival is organised by Northampton Music 365 – a not for profit, community group, in partnership with a range of local organisations.
Now in its 11th year, the festival will see 500 musicians put on 50 performances across five stages in the town.
The main stage in the Market Square will be headlined by rockabilly band, The Jets. Pure Genius, Mystic Crew, Ginger Pig, That Joe Payne, The Virtuosi Gus Brass Band, Extremely Dan, Thr3e will also perform on the main stage, after Jazz Colossus have kicked off proceedings at midday.
The Guildhall Courtyard will play host to the popular jazz stage, due to be opened by The Cool Jazz Collective at 1pm. Performances from Grupo, Komodo Quartet, Ivor Johnson and the Elevation Quintet will follow before headliners, Jazz Colossus take to the stage.
Classical and choral acts will perform on the All Saints Church Piazza stage – set to be headlined by Northampton Male Voice Choir.
New for this year’s festival on Abington Street is the BBC Introducing stage with up and coming acts from all over the county, and the Umbrella Fair stage with a range of diverse and multi-cultural performances. Students from the University of Northampton will also be playing at The Platform in George Row.
Northampton town centre Business Improvement District (BID) will once again be one of the lead sponsors.
Rob Purdie, BID executive director said: “The announcement of the line-up is very exciting as this is a huge event on the town centre calendar. The fantastic acts which are due to perform will certainly ensure another vibrant occasion, enjoyed by thousands as they celebrate the local music scene. This event continues to raise the profile of the town and its businesses in the most spectacular way. We can’t wait.”
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