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NOTP 2022After the tour had to be postponed twice due to the pandemic, there is now good news: the NIGHT OF THE PROMS will be able to take place in 2022 as planned and will present a program with this year’s artists with a pronounced hit density. In addition to KOOL & THE GANG, AMY MACDONALD, NIK KERSHAW, CAROL DECKER from T’PAU, MATT SIMONS and YOLANDA BROWN will be there as a classical soloist. The stars will be accompanied on their greatest hits by the ANTWERP PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and the CHOR FINE FLEUR under the baton of conductor ALEXANDRA ARRIECHE.

The NIGHT OF THE PROMS is a music event that is unique in Europe. Since 1994, the show has delighted a steadily growing fan base in Germany. This is where Classic meets Pop, arias meet chart hits, suits meet leather jackets, stilettos meet Chucks and Tchaikovsky meets Boy George. It merges, in equal parts, two styles that have long been considered incompatible: serious and light music. A large symphony orchestra with a choir plays the classic hits and, together with a rock band, also accompanies the pop star guests.

With hits like ‘Celebration’, ‘Get Down On It’, ‘Ladies Night’, ‘Cherish’ or ‘Fresh’, KOOL & THE GANG will always have a place in the playlists of every good party and in the programs of all major radio stations worldwide secured. With their soulful Disco Funk, KOOL & THE GANG have regularly conquered the international charts since the late 1970s. They made the top 10 with 25 songs and achieved gold or platinum status with 31 albums. With over 100 million records sold, they are regarded as one of the most important representatives of the Disco movement and as an influential source of ideas for Hip Hop in the 90s.

Already in 2013, AMY MACDONALD delighted the audience of the NIGHT OF THE PROMS with the mixture of her soft but haunting voice, great feeling for stylish songs and Scottish down-to-earthiness. After her breakthrough success with ‘This Is The Life’, the self-taught musician has released five albums from 2008 to date, collecting gold and platinum awards for them. Despite their musical and stylistic development over the years, Scottish Folk and British songwriting tradition still characterize their sound: big, courageous Pop songs, recorded with real instruments, without frills.

NIK KERSHAW made his European breakthrough in 1984 with ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’, in Germany it went up to number 2 in the charts. Following this, his debut ‘I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down’, which flopped in 1983, was able to place itself in the radio charts. His sparsely released albums ‘Human Racing’ and ‘The Riddle’ reached platinum status in the UK and the subsequent world tour was a smash hit. He received his musical accolade through his appearance at the Live Aid concert in London’s Wembley Stadium. In the following decades he worked as a songwriter for artists such as Elton John, Boyzone and Chesney Hawkes.

With ‘China in Your Hand’, CAROL DECKER, as the frontwoman of the British pop band T’PAU, stormed to number one in the British charts and number two in the German charts in 1987. With powerful arrangements and a powerful voice, CAROL DECKER still easily convinces her audience today.

MATT SIMONS is a Californian singer-songwriter whose career took off almost by accident. When the producer of a Dutch soap opera hears his song ‘With You’ at a concert, she decides to use it in an episode of the series. SIMONS only found out about this when he found his song at number 10 in the iTunes charts. The release of his rather quiet song ‘Catch & Release’ as a Deep House remix catapulted him to the top of the German charts in 2016. SIMONS delivered the summer hit of the year with ‘We Can Do Better’.

With the saxophonist YOLANDA BROWN, this year’s classical soloist was engaged. The British Jazz musician and exceptional talent was the first musician to win the MOBO Award for ‘Best Jazz’ two years in a row. Both her debut album ‘April Shower May Flowers’ and her album ‘Love Politics War’ reached number one in the jazz charts. YOLANDA BROWN is a multi-talent, has toured with Billy Ocean, The Temptations and Diana Krall, is chairwoman of the largest British music charity institution ‘Youth Music’ and received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London.

The stars of the NIGHT OF THE PROMS will be accompanied by the ANTWERP PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and the choir under the direction of conductor ALEXANDRA ARRIECHE.

NIGHT OF THE PROMS - with Kool & The Gang, Amy Macdonald, Nik Kershaw, Carol Decker of T’Pau, Matt Simons and Yolanda Brown
Nov 26, 2022 Dortmund, Westfalenhalle
Nov 27, 2022 Oberhausen, Rudolf Weber-Arena
Dec 2 and 3, 2022 Cologne, Lanxess Arena

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