The hills will be alive with the sound of music for the 35th anniversary celebration of RHS Malvern Spring Festival with two spectacular evenings of performances.
The four-day festival, which runs from 7-10 May in association with boutique travel company Great Little Breaks, will this year see the introduction of ‘Music at Malvern’. Audiences will be able to witness a 54-piece orchestra, fronted by national treasure Lesley Garrett, perform a special VE Day commemorative concert, while there will also be a spring celebration at a Garden Party with BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley – who is returning to the festival for the second year.
Set at Three Counties Showground, RHS Malvern Spring Festival will commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Bank Holiday Friday, 8 May. Throughout the day there will be plenty of Union Jacks flying, vintage music and singing, military vehicles and dancing. The evening will feature a unique chance to see a performance of classical music from some of the nation’s favourite composers who lived and worked in the area of Three Counties. The concert will be performed by Worcestershire-based English Symphony Orchestra with soprano vocalist Lesley Garrett.
Then on Saturday, 9 May, Radio 2’s Jo Whiley will DJ a curated set of music chosen by the show’s special guests and exhibitors. This is guaranteed to be a spring party like no other.
Jo Whiley said: “I’m thrilled to be coming back to RHS Malvern Spring Festival for its 35th anniversary celebrations, especially as I’ve been asked to provide an evening music set as part of its new ‘Music at Malvern’ feature. Music and gardening are two of my favourite things – both are very therapeutic and are known for being extremely beneficial to our wellbeing.
“The showground is such an inspiring setting for getting close to the natural world with it being set at the foot of the Malvern Hills, which are simply stunning. There’s a brilliant atmosphere and I really enjoyed my first time there this year – I can see why so many people see it as their favourite show. I’m hoping as many people as possible come down and join me for a dance and some great food and drink amongst the beautiful gardens.”
The concerts, which have been introduced on the 35th anniversary of RHS Malvern Spring Festival, will be exclusive, with a limited amount of tickets available which include a 4pm entry to the festival, meaning visitors can come and sample the delights of daytime activities as well as going to the evening performances.
Di Walton, Head of Shows at Three Counties Showground, said: “The addition of ‘Music at Malvern’ will bring a totally new element to the show and we think our visitors will really enjoy these great evenings that we have planned.
“There will be a whole new staged area to the festival which will be designed to provide one of the best settings for outdoor live music, as well as contributing to things like talks held throughout the festival.
“The Bank Holiday Friday will be the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and what a way to celebrate than with songs from the war time – make sure you bring your Union Jacks and get ready for a real knees up – think Proms In The Park right here in Malvern. Then on the Saturday evening there will be a party with Jo Whiley and our special guests from across the weekend.
“Tickets are limited so make sure you secure yours nice and early to guarantee your entry to what will be an amazing celebration and party.”