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Maidstone: Leeds Castle Classical Concert marks 40th anniversary this July with a special finale

The popular Leeds Castle Classical Concert celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer.

The iconic event, held at the castle near Maidstone each summer, attracts thousands for an open air musical delight. 

The first concert took place in 1978 and to celebrate, along with much-loved classical favourites, the audience will be treated to a special finale from greatest hit from the 70s.

Leeds Castle Classical Concert last year
Leeds Castle Classical Concert last year

The Ruby celebratory event will have a birthday party atmosphere throughout the summer’s afternoon and evening on Saturday, July 14.

Many have great memories of the event over the years.

A fireworks finale at the Leeds Castle Classical Concert
A fireworks finale at the Leeds Castle Classical Concert

Brian and Rachel Grantham from Brighton have been attending since 1984, so 2018 will be their 34th year in the audience. Rachel said: "We got married in 1984 and we have attended every concert since then. We were young when we started coming - now we're retired. 

"It really is a very special evening to be part of and have been lucky enough to get the front row over the past few years."

A Spitfire over Leeds Castle
A Spitfire over Leeds Castle

Internationally respected conductor John Rigby will once again command the stage, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and this year acting as compere and host.

He said: "This year we will celebrate the heritage that this unique experience has, but spring board forward with a refreshed approach and programme.

Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle

"There will be a party flavour and we are guaranteed to have the audience singing and dancing into the summer night."

Picnic style tickets are £37 and seated £48 until Thursday, March 1. To book and see the Celebration Packages on offer visit leedscastleconcert.co.uk

Summer fun at the Leeds Castle Classical Concert
Summer fun at the Leeds Castle Classical Concert

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