A Music Lover’s Holiday in London: Hampton Court Palace Festival 2015

If you are a music lover planning a holiday in London this summer, you’ll be happy to hear that this year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival has an extraordinary line-up of musical talent in a broad array of genres. The beginning concert is on 11 June with the final event taking place on 23 June. For those who are planning a London holiday in June, here is some general information about the venue and a list of this year’s stellar performers.

Photo by Paula Funnell
Photo by Paula Funnell

Hampton Court Palace

Although the Royal Family has not resided here since the 19th Century, it is still a royal palace nonetheless. Located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, the palace was built originally for a particular favourite of Henry VIII, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. Not only can you enjoy some amazing entertainment whilst at the Hampton Court Palace but you can get in a bit of history and sightseeing as well. All in all, a stunning venue for musical concerts.

All-Star Line-up for the Festival 2015

The concerts are to be held in the Base Court auditorium where attendees can enjoy a picnic whilst enjoying the sights and sounds around them. This year’s line-up and dates are:

  • 11 June (Thursday) – Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
  • 12 June (Friday ) – Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
  • 13 June (Saturday) – Fireworks and Fanfare
  • 14 June (Sunday) – John Wilson & the John Wilson Orchestra
  • 16 June (Tuesday) – Paloma Faith
  • 17 June (Wednesday) – Alan Davies and Paul Merton’s Impro Chums
  • 18 June (Thursday) – Paloma Faith
  • 19 June (Friday) – Alfie Boe
  • 20 June (Saturday) – Peter Andre
  • 23 June (Tuesday) – Burt Bacharach

As you can see, this musical extravaganza lasts almost two weeks with an offering of genres to fit all musical tastes.

Hampton Court Palace Festival 2015: Musical Genres

As this is a line-up of top artists in an assortment of genres, there may be some you aren’t familiar with. It probably all depends on your age group and musical tastes. Just to give you a taste of the talent performing this year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival, here is a listing of the performing artists with their genres. When booking your holiday, you will certainly want to be entertained by talents your love.

  • Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Jazz, boogie-woogie, blues. R&B
  • John Wilson & the John Wilson Orchestra – symphonic (of course!) and big band jazz
  • Paloma Faith – soul, jazz and pop
  • Alan Davies & Paul Merton’s Impro Chums – Wait a minute here! These are comedians! Well, comedy is music to the ears, isn’t it?
  • Alfie Boe – operatic pop, classical crossover – Wow!
  • Peter Andre – pop/rock
  • Burt Bacharach – Ok, if you haven’t heard of Burt Bacharach you must be on your first tour of planet Earth! For more than 50 years, that’s right half a century, Burt has been composing, conducting and performing. His songs have been the title song for so many movies it would be impossible to list them all. What a fabulous finale to an amazing Hampton Court Palace Festival 2015. Considered ‘pop’ – used very loosely here – Burt is himself royalty in the genre.

Have fun at this year’s festival whilst getting to hear your favourite performers. Relax in the outer court with a picnic lunch – no barbeques please – and then let the stars carry you away for this amazing summer event in London.

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