VAN MORRISON AND GREGORY PORTER CONFIRMED FOR OPENING NIGHT OF NOCTURNE AT BLENHEIM PALACE
THE FIRST SERIES OF CONCERTS IN THE GREAT COURT AT BLENHEIM PALACE FOR TEN YEARS
On sale Friday 13 February 2015
Van Morrison returns to venue after 10 years
Nocturne’s first concert series starts on 25 June 2015
Luxury in-palace fine dining packages available
Nocturne is the first joint venture from Neapolitan Live Events and U-Live
Legendary singer-songwriter and musician Van Morrison and Grammy Award-winning American Jazz vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter are the first names to be announced for the first night of Nocturne at Blenheim Palace on 25 June 2015. This historic event sees music return to Blenheim Palace’s elaborate Great Court with its stunning lake views for the first time in ten years and is with the upmost support of the 12th Duke of Marlborough. Tickets go on-sale on Friday 13 February via www.nocturnelive.com
Nocturne at Blenheim Palace is the first joint venture from Neapolitan Live Events, the creators of the critically acclaimed Love Supreme Jazz Festival, and U-Live the new live music division of Universal Music Group. The five-year deal with Blenheim Palace, sees an investment of £2.5million to bring live music back to the historic Oxfordshire venue this year.
Nocturne at Blenheim Palace will not only bring some of the world’s greatest musicians and performers to the stately palatial surroundings, but will also strive to provide one of the best midsummer concert experiences with champagne receptions, fine-dining and banquet packages available inside the State Rooms (including the stunning Long Library) of the 12th Duke of Marlborough’s family home, The Orangery and waterside picnicking.
With Van Morrison’s performances of timeless classics such as Brown Eyed Girl, Have I Told You Lately and Bright Side of the Road along with Gregory Porter hot off the success of his hit record ‘Liquid Spirit’, which has remained in the UK chart for a full year, the first night of Nocturne at Blenheim Palace to be announced sets the quality bar for this unique concert series. More dates to be announced shortly.
Ciro Romano, Neapolitan Live Events said: “It is a huge honour to be entrusted by the Duke of Marlborough to bring music back to this unique palace. We are thrilled that we have secured Van Morrison to return to Blenheim Palace for the first time since his historic performance in 2004 and also Gregory Porter whose career I have personally followed since first seeing him perform in small clubs in London only a few year ago. Both acts perfectly realise our vision to bring the greatest talent to Britain’s greatest palace.”
The 12th Duke of Marlborough said, “I look forward to once again opening the gates of Blenheim Palace to these brilliant musicians and singers. The palace was meant to inspire as a location and the music in the Great Court will bring a new dimension of wonderment to our family’s history.”
Sally Davies at U-Live said, “Our team at U-Live have been searching for the perfect venue and partner for the best quality music experience. Blenheim Palace and our partnership with Neapolitan Live realises the ambition. Nocturne will be a spectacular series of evenings of stunning performances in the most beautiful location.”
Blenheim Palace is set in 2100 acres of spectacular ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The 300 year old palace is a World Heritage site and is one of the UK”s most famous and best loved stately homes located just 8 miles out of Oxford.
On sale Friday 13 February:
25 June 2015 – Van Morrison and Gregory Porter
Tickets available from www.nocturnelive.com
VIP Packages available
Tel: 0844 888 9991
Prices start at £60
The Orangery – Drinks and Gourmet Reception
Champagne and sumptuous selection of small plates served in The Orangery during interval
Includes pre-concert drinks, interval and post-concert drinks.
The Orangery is a beautiful, elegant room which leads on to the Italian Garden and creates a perfect setting to be entertained in style.
The Long Library – Seated fine dining
Pre-concert drinks in the saloon followed by 2 course dinner in the Long Library and post-concert drinks.
The Long Library at Blenheim Palace boasts the only private room in any British stately home that can accommodate 300 guests for dinner. Home to 10,000 books and the magnificent Willis organ, this grand room also overlooks the sparkling fountains of Blenheim’s beautiful Water Terrace. The Long Library is the perfect spot to enjoy a fine dining experience, following pre-concert drinks in The Great Hall & Saloon.
Details of a special bus service to and from Oxford Station to the Palace to be announced soon.
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For further information contact:
Tel: +44 207 439 7222
Notes to Editors
New international division of Universal Music Group, set up to realise UMG live music ambitions. This gives the unique advantage of calling on the local resource and expertise of over 70 Universal offices across the world.
We are a promoter with an extensive network of experienced partners whose local knowledge helps us deliver world-class concerts, tours and bespoke events throughout Europe and across the globe.
Whatever the project: event, tour or audio/audio-visual recordings, U-Live has the specialist knowledge, passion and expertise to make it happen.
U-Live delivers innovative live events of the highest calibre from a passionate and experienced team that puts creative talent at the heart of all our events to develop ideas that inspire, excite and thrill.
Founded in 2002 by Ciro Romano, a former City lawyer and Head of Business Affairs at Universal Music, Neapolitan encompasses live events, artist management and recorded music.
From co-managing the 11 million selling worldwide career of the Lighthouse Family to the Oscar winning soundtrack to the hit film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’: a 2 million seller and US Billboard No.1 , Neapolitan has seen great success in all aspects of it’s business. In 2013, Neapolitan Live Events launched the Love Supreme Jazz festival in Lewes, East Sussex. It was the first outdoor camping, multi-day greenfield jazz festival in the UK and became an immediate hit both critically and commercially. Trevor Bowen former director and shareholder in Principle Management, the long term managers of U2 and PJ Harvey, has come on board as Chairman of NLE
Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This masterpiece of 18th century baroque architecture boasts over 300 years of history and is a World Heritage Site, surrounded by more than 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens.
Not only an iconic part of history, Blenheim Palace is a living and changing experience with a wealth of events, themed tours and exhibitions throughout the year. www.blenheimpalace.com