A series of gigs at the stunning Blenheim Palace
Nocturne Live is a series of musical concerts and gigs at the stunning Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Inviting a selection of world-class acts to its Great Court, Nocturne is all about great music and summer relaxation.
Opening up the series will be American composer, conductor and pianist John Williams. His career now spans over six decades, and includes compositions for some of the most famous films ever produced, such as Jaws, Star Wars, Superman, Jurassic Park and E.T.
The 16th June will welcome classical and alternative composer Max Richter. The artist will lead an orchestra through a series of atmospheric compositions in front of a crowd of 7,000.
Richter's music has appeared in films such as Shutter Island and Waltz with Bashir, as well as making headlines by hosting a 400-strong sleep-over in Berlin, where he lulled his audience by performing Sleep: his famed album which fuses piano, strings and vocal and electronics, and was produced in consultation with US neurologist David Eagleman as a way to explore the effect music has on subconscious minds.
On the 17th, American singer, songwriter and actor Gregory Porter will be topping a bill that includes Jamie Cullum and Corinne Bailey Rae. Porter is famed for his album Liquid Spirit, which went on to reach the top 10 in the UK album charts; a rarity for a jazz album, and is testament to the genius of the man.
Performing at the palace on the 18th June will be The Jacksons and Kool and the Gang. The former will be celebrating their 50th anniversary, while the latter's repertoire stars some of the biggest R&B and pop chart toppers from the 1970s and '80s.
Blenheim Palace is a country house in Woodstock in Oxfordshire, built between 1705 and 1722. It is the only non-royal house in England to hold the title of palace.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Eight miles north-west of Oxford, on the A44 Evesham Road, Blenheim Palace is easily accessible from London and Birmingham. The Palace is signposted from junction 9 of the M40. If you are using a Sat Nav,use the postcode OX20 1PP.
The nearest train station is Oxford. Trains run regularly to Oxford Station station from London Paddington.
Doors will open at 16:30 and the music will begin at 18:30.
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