EIGHTIES chart-toppers The Human League and singing sensation Aled Jones are to perform at an annual charity concert in Lancashire in the summer.
The Symphony at the Tower takes place over two nights this year for the first time ever.
The first – on Friday July 5 – will welcome synth-pop pioneers The Human League, whose hits include iconic eighties anthems Don’t You Want Me, Together in Electric Dreams and Human, along with a string of records spanning the decades, up to the 2011 album Credo.
The following night musical star Aled Jones will take to the stage and perform.
Jones first found fame as the voice of Walking in the Air from the hit film The Snowman, before going on to release 24 albums. He is now a familiar face on ITV’s Daybreak breakfast show.
Jones will be accompanied by Sophie Evans, star of the BBC’s Over the Rainbow talent TV show, and the Heart of England Philharmonic Orchestra.
The two-day event – in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice, near Preston - will come to a spectacular finale with a firework display, accompanied by the live 32-piece orchestra.
The two-night line-up is a huge boost for the annual Symphony event, which last year had to be cancelled due to heavy rainfall.
Hospice bosses were devastated at being forced to call off the popular fundraiser, but the conditions meant it was unsafe to go ahead.
Lorraine Charlesworth, a director at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing the return of the Symphony in 2013, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with household names taking to the stage for two fantastic nights of music.
“We hope the addition of the Friday night event will open up the event to new audiences from across the region, who can enjoy a great night out whilst raising even more money to fund the specialised care and support St Catherine’s Hospice provides.”
Peter Taylor, director at Cuffe & Taylor event and productions company – which is working with St Catherine’s Hospice to host the event – said: “Cuffe & Taylor are thrilled to be assisting St Catherine’s Hospice with Symphony at the Tower.
“This is a magnificent event, for a very worthwhile cause. Despite its cancellation last year we have worked hard with the hospice to ensure, whatever the weather, the event will go ahead.
“We’ve secured a great line up, taking the event into two nights. What better way to enjoy two nights of live music, while at the same time supporting a worthwhile cause.”
Tickets for Symphony at the Tower, which takes place at Hoghton Tower, Preston, are on sale now, priced £25 for the Friday and £31 for the Saturday. Ticket prices rise if tickets are purchased after April 30.
Under fives are free on the Saturday, with half price entry for five to16-year-olds. Anyone buying five tickets for the Saturday will also receive a sixth free, when purchased over the telephone.
Weekend tickets are available for £49.50.
VIP tickets – featuring a drinks reception, buffet supper and exclusive viewing area – are also available.
To buy tickets or for more information visit www.stcatherines.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 888 9991.