What does opera legend Andrea Bocelli have in common with pop and rock acts JLS, One Direction, Jack White and Usher? They’re all playing at this year’s iTunes Festival in September, of course!
It’s great to see a classical artist taking centre stage in front of audiences more taken with mainstream popular music, so soon after Alfie Boe, Renee Fleming and pianist Lang Lang played to the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee concert.
At the Two Moors Festival, we’re very pleased that a different demographic of people is being exposed to classical music and we hope that the reception Bocelli receives is a good one. We weren’t overly impressed with how the Jubilee audience outside Buckingham Palace reacted to the classical artists on the billing, but maybe the iTunes gig-goers will be more open-minded. Bocelli will be hitting up the Roundhouse stage in Camden on September 18th, saying: “The iTunes Festival is one of the most exciting digital music events in the world. It is great to introduce classical music to new audiences, who will be given the opportunity to experience it live wherever they are.”
Tickets to the festival are free and allocated by a ballot, so you’ve got as much chance as anyone else of seeing Andrea in action. It’s Time to Say Hello!
We’d love to hear from you if you do go. Let us know how if people enjoy the Bocelli masterclass.
- Classical music at the Diamond Jubilee (2mfblog.wordpress.com)
- Olly Murs brings nine-piece band to iTunes Festival (digitalspy.co.uk)