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New classical concert announced for Millennium Square this summer

Millennium Square will host a brand new outdoor classical music spectacular this summer.

Stars including Xfactor and Popstar to Opera star winner Joe McElderry, soprano Laura Wright, and violinist Jennifer Pike will take to the stage on Saturday, July 30 for the exciting A Classical Summers Evening concert.

Set in a specially created outdoor fully seated auditorium on Millennium Square, the show will also feature music from Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras.

Conducted by Tim Redmond, the programme will feature some all-time classical favourites such as Summer from the Four Seasons & Meditation from Thais, operatic classics such as Haanera from Carmen, Puccini´s O Mio Babbini Caro & Nessun Dorma, together with some popular sing-alongs from hit musicals including Les Miserables, West Side Story and The sound of Music.

Joe McElderry has sold more than two million records, including albums ‘Classic’ and ‘Classic Christmas’ which both went Gold within 2 weeks of release.

He also recently appeared in Leeds as Joseph in Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Laura Wright is one of the biggest selling classical artists of the decade, with over one million album sales.

Nominated for a Classical Brit Award, Laura was the first mezzo soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium and has toured with stars including tenor Alfie Boe, Russell Watson and opened for Andrea Bocelli.

Jennifer Pike gained international recognition in 2002, when, aged 12, she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prize-winner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition.

The new classical concert will be one of the highlights of this year’s Millennium Square Summer Series, which will see concerts taking place on the square throughout the summer months.


For further details visit or contact Leeds City Council’s events team on 0113 395 0891 or by email at

The Millennium Square Summer series kicks-off from Friday, July 22 with live performances over the first weekend by Ocean Colour Scene and the Cribs organised by local promoters Futuresound.

The programme also includes the return of The Magic of Motown Under the Stars which is back by popular demand following last year’s sell out show and this year will feature special guest performances by Clem Curtis of The Foundations and Xfactor’s semi-finalist Che Chesterman.

The programme closes on Sunday, August 7 when the square will host the Parade Stage for the annual Leeds Pride celebrations.

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A Classical Summer's Evening