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The annual Classical Fantasia concert in the grounds of Leeds’s Kirkstall Abbey WILL be going ahead this year, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal.

Fears have previously been voiced that budget cuts could force organisers Leeds City Council to pull the plug on the outdoor event.

Today, however, council bosses confirmed that the classical concert will be taking place as usual – and they say it should be better than ever.

Artists appearing at the event on Saturday, September 6, include:

* Noah Stewart, whose debut album reached number one in the UK Classical Chart;

* Laura Wright, a classical artist with more than one million album sales to her name;

* Classical saxophonist Amy Dickson, who was crowned breakthrough artist of the year at the 2013 Classic BRIT Awards.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, the council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said: “The historic grounds of Kirkstall Abbey are truly spectacular, and we are delighted to say that Classical Fantasia will once again be returning this year for what is always a great evening of entertainment.

“A great line-up of fantastic artists, including Noah Stewart, Laura Wright and Amy Dickson has been assembled to entertain the crowd on the night, which will culminate as always in a firework finale that really is something not to be missed.”

Tickets for Classical Fantasia go on sale tomorrow and can be bought via the www.leeds.gov.uk/fantasia web page.

Purchases can also be made in person or over the phone from the Carriageworks in Millennium Square (0113 224 3801) or the visitor centre at Leeds City Station (0113 242 5242).

General admission costs £15, although LEEDSCard, LEEDSCard Extra and Breezecard holders are entitled to discounts.

Early bird savings are available on purchases made before the end of this month.

A special VIP ticket package is also on offer for the first time this year.

Priced at £100, the package includes four tickets for a reserved area directly in front of the stage as well as priority queuing and a car park pass.

Gates will open at 6pm for the concert, which has the YEP as a media partner. The main performance will then get under way at around 8pm.

Improved arrangements for the disabled will be available at this year’s event. They will include a hearing loop and an access bus service.

For more details about disabled access, ring 0113 395 0891 or e-mail events@leeds.gov.uk.

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HOW TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE NIGHT

TICKETS for Classical Fantasia will go on sale on July 11 and can be bought via the www.leeds.gov.uk/fantasia web page.

Purchases can also be made in person or over the phone from the Carriageworks in Millennium Square (0113 224 3801) or the visitor centre at Leeds City Station (0113 242 5242).

General admission costs £15, although LEEDSCard, LEEDSCard Extra and Breezecard holders are entitled to discounts.

Early bird savings are available on purchases made before the end of this month.

A special VIP ticket package is also on offer for the first time this year. Priced at £100, the package includes four tickets for a reserved area directly in front of the stage as well as priority queuing and a car park pass.

 

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