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Picnic Concerts 2007: Belinda Carlisle at Marble Hill

Belinda Carlisle

Story by Jack Foley

A DIVERSE line-up of star names are set to perform at this year’s English Heritage Picnic Concerts, including the likes of Belinda Carlisle, Lemar and The Four Seasons at Marble Hill in Twickenham.

Supported by Jacques fruit cider, the open air concerts deliver a truly unique and memorable experience to share with family and friends.

Multi-award winning male solo artist Lemar teams up for the first time with the soul diva Beverley Knight MBE, while the super-talented Jools Holland duets with the legendary Lulu at a couple of picnic venues.

The Last Night of the Proms performances will feature singing sensation Katherine Jenkins at Audley End, Saffron Walden, Lesley Garrett at Battle Abbey, Hastings and rising opera stars Natasha Marsh and Alfie Boe at Marble Hill, Twickenham.

In addition to the traditional finale firework displays, there will be spectacular choreographed aerobatic displays from a genuine World War II Spitfire at Battle Abbey and Audley End.

Fans of the 80’s who want a truly memorable and fun night out should watch out for the new Party Nights, featuring Belinda Carlisle, Bananarama, Midge Ure, T’Pau, Toyah Willcox, Limahl and Altered Images, while the upbeat sounds of Motown will have audiences dancing in the aisles at Audley End and Marble Hill, as the West End production of Dancing In The Streets takes to the stage.

Plus, at Audley End only, performances from the incomparable Bryan Ferry and Cuban sensations, Buena Vista Social Club.

English Heritage pioneered the Picnic Concerts which are set in the idyllic and beautiful grounds of three of England’s top stately homes – Marble Hill in Twickenham, Audley End in Saffron Walden, Essex and Battle Abbey in Hastings. Each evening ends with a superb firework display.

Tickets for the 2007 Picnic Concerts are currently on sale. The programme starts on July 7 at Audley End and the series continues until August 26.

Guests can bring their own refreshments or purchase a mouth-watering selection of food and drink including sumptuous picnic hampers to order at each location.

Please note, however, that the Kenwood concerts will not be taking place this year due to new licensing conditions imposed by Camden Council in 2006.

Artist Line Up

Audley End, Saffron Walden

Saturday, July 7 – The Music of Motown – Dancing in The Streets
Saturday, July 14 – Bryan Ferry
Saturday, July 21 – Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Cachaito Lopez, Guajiro Mirabel, Aguaje Ramos, Manuel Galban
Saturday, July 28 – Party! At Audley End: Here and Now with Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Midge Ure, T’Pau, Toyah Willcox and Limahl.
Saturday, August 4 – Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, with guest vocalist Lulu
Sunday, August 5 – Last Night of The Audley End Proms, starring Katherine Jenkins

Marble Hill, Twickenham

Saturday, August 11 – Lemar and Beverley Knight
Sunday, August 12 – The Four Seasons and Fireworks spectacular featuring Chloe Hanslip
Saturday, August 18 – Party! At Marble Hill, featuring eighties superstars Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Midge Ure, Altered Images with Clare Grogan
Saturday, August 25 – The Music of Motown – Dancing in The Streets
Sunday, August 26 – Last Night of The Marble Hill Proms featuring special guests Natasha Marsh and Alfie Boe

Battle Abbey, Battle, Hastings

Saturday, August 25 – Party! Here and Now with Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Midge Ure, T’Pau, Toyah Willcox and Nick Heyward
Sunday, August 26 – Last Night of The Battle Abbey Proms, starring Lesley Garrett