Gregory Porter has been announced as one of the first artists, along with Van Morrison, for the bill of what will be a new concert series, Nocturne At Blenheim Palace, on June 25. The event will be set in the palace’s Great Court, with its stunning lake views, in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.
It will be the first time that a music event has been staged at the palace for ten years, and the new commitment has the enthusiastic support of the 12th Duke of Marlborough. Nocturne at Blenheim Palace is the first joint venture from Neapolitan Live Events, the creators of the Love Supreme Jazz Festival, and U-Live, the new live music division of Universal Music Group. In a five-year deal with Blenheim Palace, £2.5million is being invested in bringing live music back to the historic Oxfordshire venue this year.
The event will offer packages featuring champagne receptions, fine dining and banqueting inside the State Rooms of the Duke’s family home, including the stunning Long Library. Morrison previously performed at the location in 2004.
“I look forward to once again opening the gates of Blenheim Palace to these brilliant musicians and singers,” said the 12th Duke of Marlborough. “The palace was meant to inspire as a location, and the music in the Great Court will bring a new dimension of wonderment to our family’s history.”
Sally Davies at U-Live added: “Our team at U-Live have been searching for the perfect venue and partner for the best quality music experience. Blenheim Palace and our partnership with Neapolitan Live realises the ambition. Nocturne will be a spectacular series of evenings of stunning performances in the most beautiful location.”
Tickets for the June 25 event will go on sale on Friday (13) here.