As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations Warwick is hosting a golden festival of music at Warwick Arts Centre from Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 May. The Warwick Music Festival will be a three-day festival of music and entertainment in and around Warwick Arts Centre. Structured around three ticketed evening concerts in the Butterworth Hall, there will also be free music and events in other venues and outdoor spaces.
The Warwick Music Festival represents the cultural centrepiece of the University's 50th anniversary celebrations and will take place over three nights, with a programme reflecting the diversity of the University’s local community, offering classical music, contemporary independent music and stunningly beautiful songwriting. As an anniversary event, each evening features a programme that celebrates the past whilst also looking to the future.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will play lauded and familiar American classical works from George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein on Thursday 21 May, and will also be joined onstage by the student musicians of the University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra.
The programme will also be complemented by Warwick music ensembles playing works from the American Songbook and the Warwick Global Songbook.
Scottish four-piece of electro pop hit Django Django’s gig on Fri 22 May is part of their brand new album launch, following the critical success of their self-titled debut, which was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2012.
Joan Armatrading’s show on Sat 23 May is part of her last major tour, it is also her first solo outing. As she celebrates four decades of performing worldwide with classic tracks such as Love and Affection and Me, Myself I, she will be supported by upcoming performers Lucy Anne Sale and Garfield Mayor.
As well as a chance to experience brilliant headliners on stage, there will also be street food vendors, welcoming bars and foyers full of sights, sounds and surprises, creating a real festival atmosphere in the venue.
Imagining the Future
The Warwick Music Festival is just one of several events in 2015 that will celebrate its 50th anniversary. From now until the end of 2015, we'll be celebrating our past and looking forward to the next half century. Any staff members who has expressed an interest in being part of the Staff Warwick Music Festival will be contacted when more updates are available.
Warwick Arts Centre was opened by the University in 1974, and has been a distinctive place on campus ever since.