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Leeds Castle News11 July 2018

The Leeds Castle Classical Concert Prepares for Ruby Anniversary

Leeds Castle is busy getting ready to present its ruby edition of one of the biggest summer evenings in the Kent events calendar – the Leeds Castle Classical Concert! 

Taking almost a week to build and set-up, preparation for what is one of the largest open air classical concerts in the country is now well underway. Just days away from the big event, staff at Leeds Castle are working hard behind the scenes in anticipation for the arrival of thousands of concert-goers in their fancy dress and full finery; from tuxedos and ball gowns to patriotic themed outfits.

Officially marking 40 years since the first open air concert in 1978, this year’s Classical Concert will be held on Saturday 14th July and will celebrate the anniversary with a finale of music featuring 1970’s hits. The much-loved event attracts thousands each summer, and this year there will even be a prize for the best dressed in ‘Seventies Style’ attire!

Those attending can enjoy a performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, four world-class soloists and a spitfire fly-over by the Headcorn-based Aero Legends against the backdrop of the Castle. John Rigby will be hosting and conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and says the concert is guaranteed to have the audience “singing and dancing into the summer night”.

This is more than a concert,” said John Rigby, “it is a spectacular signature event unique to Leeds Castle, with its diverse classical orchestral programme, interwoven with specially selected choral and solo pieces with the visual spectacle or field guns, superb fireworks and iconic aircraft displays.

Four sensational soloists will also be taking to the stage to mark the occasion; West End performer Louise Dearman, Lead Singer of Mike and the Mechanics Tim Howar, Soprano Katie Bird and Tenor Alexander James Edwards.

Head on over to for your tickets.

The Leeds Castle Classical Concert is organised by Heritage Events.