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Classical Spectacular with the Royal Philharmonic  

↑ The King’s Singers are at the Broadway Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday, 30 May

It’s not every day a world-class concert orchestra comes to town, but Peterborough Sings! has just announced exciting plans to bring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to the city on Sunday, 6 September as part of the sensational Big Names concert series at the Broadway Theatre – a rare opportunity to see the ‘nation’s favourite orchestra’ on home turf

Peterborough Sings’s ambitious Big Names concert series has put the much-loved Broadway Theatre firmly back at the centre of the city’s cultural scene, bringing a diverse mix of internationally renowned musicians to work and perform with Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir during their highly successful residency at the iconic venue.

Hot on the heels of a breathtaking sell-out concert with the world famous Black Dyke Band in April, global superstars The King’s Singers are next up on Saturday, 30 May, with plans now confirmed to bring the 60-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to the theatre for Classical Spectacular on Sunday, 6 September. Following the annual tradition of a classical concert as part of the Peterborough Arts Festival, Classical Spectacular will feature as the grand finale of this year’s Arts Festival weekend, to take place on Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 September.

Hosted by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Jane Smith, conducted by Will Prideaux and with performances by the city’s award-winning Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir and special guest soloists, Classical Spectacular will be an unforgettable celebration of popular classics, showcasing favourites including O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, The Blue Danube, Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, Candide Overture, Flower Duet from Lakme, Pomp and Circumstance March, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and many more. A highlight of the evening will be the regional premiere of Hawks and Horses, a new work by internationally acclaimed composer Errollyn Wallen, the ‘renaissance woman of contemporary British music’ (The Observer), best known for her works Principia and Spirit in Motion which featured in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Specially commissioned by Peterborough Sings!, Hawks and Horses is an imaginative setting of William Shakespeare’s celebrated Sonnet 91, inspired by the city of Peterborough and its surrounding landscape.

Peterborough Sings! gratefully acknowledges financial support from Arts Council England, the PRS for Music Foundation, Roythornes Solicitors, Vivacity, and the RVW Trust. The Broadway Theatre is home to the city’s unique music education charity Peterborough Sings! which works weekly with over 250 members in Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir as well as with hundreds of schoolchildren through its Arts Council England-funded Singing Strategy.  

The King’s Singers are at the Broadway Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday 30 May. Tickets from £12 at Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, call 0333 666 3366 or visit

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