Nana Mouskouri announces three UK dates (2014)
Story by Jack Foley
TO celebrate her 80th birthday, Nana Mouskouri is to embark on a year long tour that takes her across the globe.
She will be accompanied by her four French musicians and her daughter Lénou who has had her own singing career in France since 2001.
As part of the tour, Nana arrives in the UK in the autumn to play the Royal Albert Hall on September 25, seven years since she last played there. She also performs at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall (both in September). All shows start at 7.30pm.
Tickets are on sale now with prices for Glasgow and Manchester costing £40 – £50 (+ booking fee) and prices for London costing £35 – £55 with box seats at £65 (+ booking fee).
The tour isn’t just to celebrate Nana’s birthday; it is also to pay homage to the composers and writers who have inspired her singing throughout the years.
As she says: “Singing was my first love and always helped me to breathe. After celebrating 50 years of my White Rose of Athens three years ago, I realised 2012 was 50 years since I worked with Quincy Jones and recorded my first album in New York.
“In 2013 it was 50 years since The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with Michel Legrand and 50 years since The Eurovision Song Contest in London with the BBC. This year, 2014, it will be 50 years since I worked with Harry Belafonte and had my first stage experience in the USA and Canada.
“So, I thought the journey would be worth celebrating, singing songs from my favorite composers and writers, for all my dear friends, the audience. And I am so proud and happy to share the stage now with my daughter Lénou. It is like a dream come true. Happy Birthday to all who have given me the answer that love still exists.”
The UK dates are (all September 2014):
25 – London Royal Albert Hall
29 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
30 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall