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Audley End Picnic Concerts 2008: See Van Morrison and Gipsy Kings

Van Morrison

Story by Jack Foley

VAN Morrison and the Gipsy Kings are among the acts performing at the Audley End Picnic Concerts 2008.

Audley End House is one of England’s most magnificent country houses, retaining much of it’s original Jacobean splendour. Starting life as a Benedictine Abbey, it was gifted to Sir Thomas Audley in 1538 by Henry VIII for his work as Lord Chancellor.

The property was later re-built on the scale of a royal palace between 1603–1614 by his grandson, Thomas Howard, to promote his power and status.

During the 18th century, new owner Sir John Griffin commissioned architect Robert Adam to create its resplendent neoclassical reception rooms. During this time, the formal grounds were transformed by the hand of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, into the gentle English country landscape visitors enjoy today.

The line-up of Picnic Concerts is as follows…

Saturday, July 12 at 7:30pm – The Gipsy Kings
Since the release of their international hit single Bamboleo, from their platinum-selling debut album, they have dominated the World Music charts, and sold more than 14 million albums worldwide. Enjoy a Latin night to remember with the legendary Rumba-Flamenco style of The Gipsy Kings.

Saturday, July 19 at 7.30-m – The Music Of Dirty Dancing
Get your dancing shoes on and stretch those vocal chords ready for an exhilarating night of music from the cult film, performed by a sensational company and band.

Saturday, July 26 – Shayne Ward
Having travelled the globe with his debut album, the X-Factor winner is now a major star. Continuing his UK tour with his new platinum album Breathless, expect an eclectic mix of pop, R&B and electronica.

Saturday, August 2 at 7.30pm – Van Morrison
Grammy Award winning musician Van Morrison brings to Audley End his distinctive mix of jazz and blues, together with the Celtic influences of his Northern Irish roots.

Sunday, August 3 at 7:30pm – Last Night of the Audley End Proms, starring Michael Ball and Lesley Garrett
The ultimate Last Night of the Proms concert, complete with symphony orchestra and Spitfire display. Join two of Britain’s best-loved singers for this extraordinary double-bill.

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