First acts already signed up for 2017 Music and Drama Festival

Release Date: 09/11/2016

A premier of an opera, a showcase from a professional ballet school, a performance from a world class orchestra and the borough’s top theatre venues are already confirmed for the 2017 Music and Drama festival.

This year’s event, which attracted a combined audience of over 15,000 people, was a successful celebration of music, drama and dance. As a result, requests are already flooding in to be part of the 2017 event.

The curtain lifts on the festival on Monday 13 March with a special opening will be taking place on Sunday 12 March.

A stellar line-up is expected, including: the UK Premiere of Philip Glass’ and Robert Moran’s opera The Juniper Tree, presented by Helen Astrid Singing Academy; Richmond Orchestra and Thames Philharmonia; a showcase from students at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and productions at borough theatres including the Orange Tree, Richmond Theatre and Hampton Hill Playhouse.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Meena Bond, said:

“Whilst the festival doesn’t launch until 2017, this sneak preview will hopefully wet the appetite of residents and encourage people to look out for the full festival programme which will be released at the end of January.

“The Music and Drama festival was founded to celebrate the breadth of performing arts in the borough. The programme aims to showcase the exceptional performing arts scene which Richmond is so fortunate to have, but also to promote a series of family, community and participatory events which aim to inspire and excite. Watch this space as we announce more performances over the next few months.”

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Updated: 9 November 2016