Opera singer José Carreras has been confirmed as the headline act for Preston Guild 2012’s Proms in the Park, set to be one of the most prestigious events in the classical calendar this year.
Avenham Park will be transformed into an open-air amphitheatre on 7 September for Preston Proms in the Park with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, conducted by David Gimenez Carreras.
Plans have also been revealed for a range of events designed to attract families, businesses and sports lovers to Avenham and Miller Park which will become a festival site and host to a 10 day long programme that will mark the finish to the Preston Guild year.
Guild 2012 festival director Stella Hall said: “Confirming José for Preston Proms is fantastic and really sets the standard for the calibre of acts that will visit our city as part of the Guild celebrations.”
“The various elements of the festival including Vintage, Passion and Proms in the Park are deliberately diverse to touch the lives of everyone in Preston and beyond attract audiences from every age group.
“This year is about taking part and enjoying every moment and we are looking forward to making further announcements on the exciting acts we are lining up for Guild 2012 in the coming weeks.”
To mark the opening of the week long celebrations, a Guild Vintage event will be held in Avenham Park. Working alongside local designers Wayne Hemingway MBE and Gerardine Hemingway MBE, it will celebrate the creative cultural past, present and future of the region, through fashion shows, music, art and food.
Avenham Park will provide the backdrop to a multi-venue playground where over two packed days and nights visitors can glam up, put their dancing shoes on, and join in a celebratory musical, sensory, and fashion-inspired event.
Councillor Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council said: “This is a wonderful line up with something for everyone. Preston Guild is a fantastic showcase for Preston and this packed programme of events and activities really sets Preston and Preston Guild apart.
“We hope to bring thousands of visitors into Preston and through the Guild provide a boost to the local economy of over £30m. We simply can’t wait for Preston Guild to begin!”
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