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Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will play

Myleene brings touch of Klass to Extravaganza

The classical night at Glastonbury’s Abbey Extravaganza is back by popular demand after last year’s cancellation.

Judging by the amount of letters Michael Eavis received, it seems many people were left disappointed last year when the classical night at Glastonbury’s Abbey Extravaganza was cancelled.

The Extravaganza, Eavis's way of 'thanking' the people of Glastonbury for putting up with the disruption the festival causes, has traditionally been a three-night concert, with two nights featuring rock / pop acts, while the Sunday concert saw classical music come to the fore.

Famed for its stunning fireworks display, the classical night was described as the "posh Glastonbury Festival" where cider and mud was swapped for Pimm's and picnics.

Slow ticket sales for the 2007 concert saw the night dropped last year, with the two nights featuring Kate Nash, Squeeze, Lulu and The Feeling instead. 

But now it is back with a bang, albeit with a popular twist as TV presenter Mylene Klass is to perform alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Myleene Klass

Myleene learnt piano from aged four

"Myleene is exactly what we needed for the classical night at the Extravaganza," said Michael.

"She is so well known and such a wonderful pianist. Hopefully her presence and a return to the original format of traditional classical favourites will attract the crowds. 

"It will be such a good show, and deserves to be well supported. I hope all of those who asked me to bring back the classical evening will join me at the Abbey in August for the Extravaganza."

Although Myleene has forged a career presenting popular TV shows and fronting numerous advertising campaigns, it was classical music which is where her love of entertaining started. Learning the piano and violin from aged four, she attended the Royal Academy of Music and has since released three classical music albums which have all charted highly.

She is set to do a solo performance at the concert, before joining the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on stage. She will also compere the evening's entertainment.

Status Quo are also set to play the Extravaganza. The concert takes place on 8th and 9th August. 

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