She’s a down to earth Northern lass and fiercely proud of it.
So who better than international opera star Lesley Garrett to lead the Northern Christmas Proms spectacular at Preston’s Guild Hall next month?
The show, which will feature all the prom classics like Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and the Women’s Institute anthem Jerusalem, is expected to pack out the world famous venue for one night only on Tuesday December 12.
And aficionados of the annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall might raise an eyebrow at a very Northern production.
For a start there is Lesley, born in Yorkshire and whose latest album just happens to be called A North Country Lass.
And then there is the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra whose conductor, Ben Crick, just happens to be a Northerner too, born in Huddersfield and who, like Lesley, launched his career with a little help from the Harrogate International Festival. Ben lives just over the border in Skipton, so a concert at the Guild Hall is almost a home fixture for him.
As yet Lesley’s guests have not been announced. But the Loose Women star is expected to include one or two with similar Northern roots to complete the set. The show will also feature “some of the world’s most beautiful Christmas music.”
Lesley can be seen in action on BBC TV this Saturday night when she sings at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the Queen.