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Opera Babes for arts festival

PUBLISHED: 12:16 06 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 July 2010

THE organisers of a community festival are celebrating a major coup after announcing the Opera Babes as their headline act.

The two song birds, who have stormed the classical music charts in the UK and America, are set to perform at the Harleston and Waveney Arts Festival later this summer.

THE organisers of a community festival are celebrating a major coup after announcing the Opera Babes as their headline act.

The two song birds, who have stormed the classical music charts in the UK and America, are set to perform at the Harleston and Waveney Arts Festival later this summer.

Officials behind the eighth annual festival spoke of their delight yesterday after revealing a weeklong line-up of some big names from music and the arts.

Rebecca Knight and Karen England, who are better known as the Opera Babes, are set to headline the event by singing in St John's Church, Harleston, on Tuesday August 25.

And in a pioneering coup, the performance will also be beamed to a cinema screen at King George's Hall in the town as well as being streamed live on the internet for fans across the world.

The technical feat has been made possible by technicians from the East Anglian Film Archive and sound engineer Stewart Orr to allow more people to enjoy the show, which is expected to be a sell-out.

The appearance of the internationally renowned duet will feature on the second day of the Harleston and Waveney Arts Festival, which runs from August 24 to August 31.

Margaret Griffiths, festival chairwoman, said this year's event included concerts, talks, walks, street theatre, film screenings workshops, a musical supper, a weekend of live music and family fun day.

“The festival goes from strength to strength and is pushing boundaries with imaginative, pioneering events such as the Opera Babes show which will reach a wider audience thanks to our innovative use of technology.

“We are delighted to bring exciting, well-known acts to Harleston for people to enjoy on their doorstep and we urge everyone in the town and surrounding area to come along and enjoy what the festival has to offer,” she said.

Other events include a workshop by acclaimed writer Sarah Bower in the library on August 26 and the first appearance together of comedy legends Craig Brown and Neil Innes at Wingfield Barns on August 27.

There will be a music festival in the Swan Hotel on the weekend of August 29 and 30 and a free family fun day Harleston's recreation ground on the bank holiday Monday

Tickets can be booked in advance on 01379 851917 or 01379 852221. For more information, visit www.harlestonandwaveneyfestival.co.uk

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