Goldfrapp, Jools Holland and Russell Watson to perform at Greenwich Music Time

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Electropop, opera and jazz will be set against striking architecture and the waters of the Thames as international musicians take to a Greenwich stage this summer.

The grounds of the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) will play host to the first Greenwich Music Time - a four day open-air concert series - featuring headline acts of Jools Holland, Goldfrapp and Russell Watson.

An additional act will soon be announced to open proceedings on the World Heritage Site's festival setlist between August 20 and 23, spanning the summer Bank Holiday.

More than 5,000 revellers will be able to soak up the sounds of their favourite artists while dancing between the domes of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece, with fans of Goldfrapp especially in for a treat.

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Singer Alison Goldfrapp revealed the live show would be the band's sole London date during 2014, and said: "We can't wait to perform at the Greenwich Music Time Festival this summer.

"We'll be playing a selection of old and new songs in the stunning and beautiful grounds of the ORNC."

The duo will entertain on the festival's second night, followed by tenor Russell Watson backed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and special guests the following evening.

Rhythm and blues legend Jools Holland will be joined by his orchestra as well as guest singers Spice Girl Melanie C and Marc Almond to close proceedings on the summer Saturday.

And there will be dance as well as music, with performers from students at the town's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance showcasing their routines prior to each gig.

Brendan McCarthy, CEO of the ORNC Foundation, said: "We are delighted to welcome the inaugural Greenwich Music Festival to the Old Royal Naval College this summer.

"Sir Christopher Wren's architecture will provide a stunning backdrop for the concerts.

"We are particularly pleased that musicians from Trinity Laban, one of our site partners here at the ORNC, will be performing along with the great artists lined up for the Festival.

"It promises to be a fantastic four days of music."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Greenwich Music Time will add to the unbeatable variety of great music events that London hosts throughout the year.

"Amidst the historic surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, it promises to be a summertime treat and will be another reason to visit this increasingly exciting part of the capital."

Go to greenwichmusictime.co.uk or call 0871 620 7069.

An optional £2 donation to the ORNC Foundation will be added to each ticket.

>There is a priority booking period for residents between February 26 and March 2, with tickets on general sale the following day.

Locals should instead visit greenwichmusictime/local during that period.

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