The final countdown has begun to one of the highlights of the cultural calendar in Leeds.
Kirkstall Abbey’s grounds will play host to the city’s annual Classical Fantasia concert on Saturday night.
The show will feature fantasy-inspired classical music performed by the Manchester Camerata Chamber Orchestra.
And organisers at Leeds City Council today told audience members to prepare for a real evening to remember.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said: “Classical Fantasia remains one of the highlights in the city’s calendar.
“It is brilliant that the concert will once again be held in the atmospheric and historic surroundings of the iconic Kirkstall Abbey.
“A superb orchestra will once again be providing the entertainment, on what is always a great night out for all the family.”
Gates open at Kirkstall Abbey at 6pm, with the musical entertainment due to start at 8pm.
The night will end with a rousing performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display.
General admission tickets cost £10, although discounts are available for holders of leisure scheme passes such as Breezecards.
Purchases can be made from the Carriageworks in Millennium Square (0113 224 3801) or the visitor centre at Leeds City Station (0113 242 5242).
Subject to availability, tickets will also be on sale at Kirkstall’s Abbey House Museum up to 8pm on the day of the event.
The concert counts the Yorkshire Evening Post and Magic 828 as its media partners.
Magic 828’s breakfast show presenter, Glenn Pinder, said: “[We] are proud to support Classical Fantasia and I can’t wait to be there once again this year.”
Classical Fantasia has traditionally been a free event, attracting crowds of up to 9,000 people.
Ticket charges were introduced for the first time in 2011, a move that was followed by a marked slump in that year’s audience number to just over 2,600 fans.