NEWS: Greenwich Summer Sessions Line-Up Announced

This year Greenwich will be celebrating its rich cultural history with a four day event packed with diverse musical performances from the likes of Jools Holland, Athlete, Seth Lakeman, The Levellers, Jack Penate and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The historic hot spot will be rejoicing in the expected change in 2010 to make Greenwich a Royal Borough just in time for the Olympics!

Seth Lakeman and The Levellers will kick off the inaugural Summer Sessions on  Wednesday 21st July with their only London performances this year and will bring to life the first theme of the festival, ‘Rebels’, in a distinct nod to Wat Tyler and the peasants revolt. As the leader of the English Peasants Revolt of 1381, Walter “Wat” Tyler led a force of 50,000 peasants from Blackheath straight into the heart of the City of London before gaining entry to the Tower of London and capturing and beheading Simon Sudbury the unpopular Archbishop of Canterbury. In honour of such a momentous occasion it seems only appropriate that the always-anarchic Levellers share the billing with the new hero of indie-folk Seth Lakeman.

As Greenwich starts its preparations to be a host borough for London 2012, as well as its appointment as a Royal Borough in 2012, the Summer Sessions is thrilled to be welcoming the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to the Old Royal Naval College for an evening of sublime sophistication against the backdrop of the ever-present River Thames. On Thursday 22nd July – day two of the four days of music – the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will deliver a dazzling programme of ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’ that will feature an array of popular classical and opera highlights.

Day three, Friday 23rd July, will play host to one of Greenwich’s most famous contemporary music faces, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis and with very special guest star Alison Moyet with guest vocalist Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. Over the years Jools has been an extremely vocal ambassador for the borough while Greenwich is home to Jools’ stunning Helicon Mountain studio that has been lovingly recreated in the image of Portmeirion, most famous as ‘The Village’ in the 60’s television series The Prisoner.

Charged with the unenviable task of closing the four days of musical extravagance local Deptford boys Athlete will top a line-up that is sure to get the younger Greenwich residents out in force. Linking neatly back to the final strand of the festival’s themes through a cunning play on words, Athlete’s headline slot on Sunday 25th July pays tribute to Blackheath’s position as the starting point for the world famous London Marathon and the ‘Runners’ theme.

The Summer Sessions will be placing special emphasis on celebrating the history of Greenwich and to encourage the local community to support the event all Greenwich residents will have access to discounted tickets by submitting their postcode when buying tickets. Only postcodes within the Greenwich borough boundaries will be eligible and the purchasing credit/debit card will need to be registered at the postcode provided.

Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster and over the counter at Greenwich Tourist Centre and will be priced at £22.50 for residents and £25 for non-residents on Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Sunday 25th and £27.50 for residents and £32.50 for non-residents for Friday 23rd. There will be two VIP packages available to purchase on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd. The silver package, which includes champagne reception, canapés and a reserved seat will be priced at £259 and the gold package, which includes champagne reception, canapés, three course dinner with wine in the historic Painted Hall and a reserved seat priced at £349.

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