Friday 11 September SADLER'S WELLS IS DANCE A Gala Evening of Dance starring TAMARA ROJO PACO PENA & COMPANY ANTON DU BEKE & ERIN BOAG and more to be announced Already confirmed for the festival is “SADLER’S WELLS IS DANCE”. SADLER’S WELLS has been located in Islington, near Angel, since 1683. Sadler's Wells is a theatre with a strong, dynamic contemporary programme, uniquely dedicated to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London audiences. From cutting- edge performance to mainstream contemporary dance, tango to tap and flamenco to family shows, the joy of movement and celebration of dance are always at the heart of Sadler's Wells. To celebrate their diverse programme, Sadler’s Wells have produced an exclusive gala night of dance for the Tower Festival featuring the best of Ballet, Ballroom, Flamenco and contemporary dance. Sadler’s Wells is Dance will include amazing performances from TAMARA ROJO (Ballet), PACO PENA & Company (Flamenco) while ANTON DU BEKE and ERIN BOAG, stars of Strictly Come Dancing, will perform a selection of ballroom and Latin Dances Saturday 12 September LESLEY GARRETT AND THE FRON MALE VOICE CHOIR (conductor: Ann Atkinson) WITH THE FINE ARTS BRASS ENSEMBL Lesley Garrett, CBE, is Britain's most popular soprano, regularly appearing in both opera and in concert, on television and CD; she has won both critical acclaim and the affection of many fans and music lovers. As a recording artist, she has thirteen solo CDs to her credit; Soprano in Red received the Gramophone Award for 'Best-selling Classical Artist of the Year', Diva! A Soprano At The Movies, Prima Donna, Simple Gifts, Soprano in Red, Soprano in Hollywood, and I Will Wait for You all received silver discs and A Soprano Inspired and Lesley Garrett both achieved gold discs. Lesley was awarded a CBE in the 2002 New Year's Honours List for Services to Music and is a Member of the Board of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2007 The Fron Male Voice Choir became the fastest selling classical act of all time. The choir, under their musical director, Ann Atkinson are from the tiny village of Froncysyllte in North Wales and achieved the accolade with their platinum selling album “Voices Of The Valley”. The amateur choir consists of builders, policemen, farmers and prison wardens as well as many retirees, some of whom worked in the coalmines. 2008 saw the Fron release their third album entitled, ―Home‖ which featured a highly publicised collaboration with Rolf Harris. The choir and Rolf created a moving re-working of Rolf’s 1969 huge hit, ―2 little boys‖. The project aim was to raise awareness of the 90th Anniversary of the armistice and the Fron were featured singing the track with Rolf in various TV shows including Rolf's ―My Family at War‖ which was screened on primetime BBC 1. This is a unique chance to see these legendary artists perform on the same bill – an opportunity not to be missed! Sunday 13 & Tuesday 15 September CARL ROSA OPERA PRESENTS GILBERT AND SULLLIVAN’S THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD Carl Rosa Opera are proud to present a new production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard, featuring a cast of over fifty singers and actors elaborately costumed and accompanied by the full Carl Rosa Orchestra. These special and unique performances are the first time The Yeoman of the Guard has been performed in the Towers moat since 1978. The production, commissioned by the Tower Festival, will be one of the only times you will be able to see The Yeomen of the Guard performed within the space where the action is set. THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD, set in the Tower of London during the 16th century, is a tale of ill-fated love, intrigue and escape in Tudor England. A framed Colonel is to be executed in the Tower of London on charges of witchcraft. A mock marriage would cheat his betrayer of his estate. The court jester offers his sweetheart a bag of coins…and the plot is set. THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD was written at the request of Queen Victoria in celebration of the opening in 1888 of the Tower of London after its restoration. This production will be the 121st anniversary of the operas’ first presentation. Wednesday 16 September DAME KIRI TE KANAWA AND THE FUTURE STARS OF OPERA WITH THE CITY OF LONDON SINFONIA Kiri Te Kanawa gained legendary status almost overnight after her sensational debut as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971. From then, she moved rapidly into the front rank of international opera, and has become one of the most famous sopranos in the world. In the genre of opera, Kiri Te Kanawa is a familiar figure in the leading opera houses of the world - Covent Garden, the Metropolitan, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Paris Opera, Sydney Opera House, the Vienna State, La Scala, San Francisco, Munich and Cologne. Kiri has released a number of distinguished recordings including the complete Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosí fan Tutte, Die Zauberflöte and Tosca, La Rondine and Manon Lescaut, plus Simon Boccanegra, Arabella, Otello, La Traviata, Der Rosenkavalier, Faust, Eugene Onegin, Carmen, Capriccio and La Bohème, along with selections of arias from French, Italian and German operas. Kiri Te Kanawa was born in New Zealand, and carries the exotic blood of native Maori aristocracy. By the time she was twenty she had won the major vocal prizes available in the South Pacific, and had also started her recording career - unusual for a prima donna in any era. After moving to London and studying at the London Opera Centre, she was engaged to sing a Flower Maiden at Covent Garden. Sir Colin Davis' attention was caught, and the young Kiri Te Kanawa was marked for Mozart's Countess, after first appearing as Carmen in Britain and New Zealand. She has mastered a large repertoire from the classics of opera to the art songs of French, German and British composers, and a great treasury of contemporary popular music. Created a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1982, Kiri Te Kanawa has been conferred with honorary degrees from the Universities in Cambridge, Oxford, Dundee, Durham, Nottingham, Sunderland, Warwick, Auckland, Waikato and Chicago. A Gala Concert was given in February 2004 in Auckland, to launch The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, a charity which aims to give support and financial aid to dedicated New Zealand singers and musicians. The Tower Festival is proud to present an exclusive Gala night where Kiri will perform with the young singers from the Foundation. Thursday 17 September REMEMBERING THE MILES DAVIS CLASSIC KIND OF BLUE AT 50 JIMMY COBB’S SO WHAT BAND FEATURING WALLACE RONEY, VINCENT HERRING, JAVON JACKSON, LARRY WILLIS AND BUSTER WILLIAMS PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED "It's a cornerstone record not only for jazz. It's a cornerstone record for music." -Herbie Hancock "That'll always be my music, man. I play Kind of Blue every day—it's my orange juice. It still sounds like it was made yesterday." -Quincy Jones "It is one of the single, greatest achievements in recorded music." -Ed Bradley 2009 marks the 50th Anniversary of the original release date of Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue. The album was released in August 1959, stunning the jazz world by practically creating a new language of music. Its influence goes far beyond jazz. Kind of Blue is universally considered to be one of the best albums of all time, of any genre. Fifty years later, Kind of Blue—the epitome of spontaneous invention—is still the best selling jazz album ever. Legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb (the only surviving member from the original recording) leads a contemporary all-star band featuring Wallace Roney (trumpet), Javon Jackson (tenor saxophone), Vincent Herring (alto saxophone), Larry Willis (piano), and Buster Williams (bass.) The group will perform their interpretations of Kind of Blue's five masterpieces: "So What", "Freddie Freeloader", "Blue In Green", "All Blues", and "Flamenco Sketches" plus other classics by Davis, John Coltrane, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, and original compositions inspired by this era. Jimmy Cobb, who turns 80 on Inauguration Day (January 20), was the recipient of the 2009 NEA Jazz Masters Award in a ceremony at Jazz @ Lincoln Center's Rose Hall in October 2008. He is the elder statesman of all of the incredible Miles Davis bands, performing with the master from 1957 until 1963 on the seminal recordings Sketches of Spain, Someday My Prince Will Come, Live at Carnegie Hall, Live at the Blackhawk, Porgy and Bess, and many other watershed Miles Davis recordings in addition to Kind of Blue. Cobb has also performed with Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie, Wes Montgomery, Sarah Vaughn, Sonny Stitt, and Nancy Wilson among countless others LINE UP: Jimmy Cobb - Drums Wallace Roney - Trumpet Javon Jackson - Tenor Saxophone Vincent Herring - Alto Saxophone Larry Willis - Piano Buster Williams – Bass *line up subject to change Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September WOMAD PRESENTS WORLD MUSIC AT THE TOWER FEATURING KHALED, THE IMAGINED VILLAGE (19TH) THE BAYS AND THE HERITAGE ORCHESTRA, TONY ALLEN (20TH) PLUS MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED Making its debut in London for the very first time will be PETER GABRIEL’S celebrated festival of world music WOMAD. WOMAD PRESENTS is a series of one off performances from artists woven together from all over the world. Saturday 19th will see performances from legendary artist Khaled supported by the Imagined Village (featuring Eliza and Martin Carthy, Chris Wood and Billy Bragg) with other special guests to be announced. Sunday 20th sees an exclusive London performance from the groundbreaking improvising sound clash of The Bays and The Heritage Orchestra supported by the legendary Tony Allen. The ubiquitous Womad flags and workshops will also be a feature of the weekend. Since the first festival in the UK in 1982, WOMAD has held more than 160 festivals, creating events in twenty- seven countries and islands all over the world but amazingly this will be its first time in London. WOMAD has presented more than one thousand artists at their festivals, bringing the expression of more than 100 different countries to a live audience of over one million people. PLEASE NOTE THE WOMAD EVENT IS PICNIC STYLE (NO FLAT FLOOR SEATS) WITH UNRESERVED TIERED SEATS AT THE BACK OF THE ARENA.