The National Trust, in association with Honda UK, today announced a month long celebration of music for summer 2004.
Running from 2-25 July 2004, the National Trust Summer of Music, sponsored by Honda, is the biggest series of concerts ever held at National Trust venues.
Top name acts include Cliff Richard, Bryan Ferry, Blondie and Simple Minds, plus there will be a series of classical music and fireworks spectaculars featuring Amici and the Opera Babes. And on 25 July, the Festival will receive a characteristically rousing finale from one of the most famous names on the international concert scene - Tom Jones.
The Summer of Music concerts are taking place in the grounds of some of the Trust's most iconic properties, including Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire; Nostell Priory, W. Yorks; Attingham Park, Shropshire; Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire; Blickling Hall, Norfolk and Charlecote Park, Warwickshire.
The Festival is being generously supported by Honda as part of a 5 year sponsorship and partnership programme that will provide a significant boost to the Trust's vital conservation and heritage work.
Ken Keir, Honda UK Managing Director said, "We’re looking forward to a fantastic Summer series as well as a successful long term partnership that will make a very real contribution to the Trust's heritage and conservation work."
Louise Orr, Events Manager at the National Trust commented: "The Trust has always offered great venues for great concerts, but this year - with Honda behind us - we have really been able to pull out all the stops. The Summer of Music will be a month long celebration where some of the finest acts around will be performing in some of the most breathtaking venues around. The combination will be magical".
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