Old Royal Naval College hosts Summer Session music event

Music lovers may be flocking to top hotels in London as the Old Royal Naval College plays host to the Greenwich Summer Sessions.

The nightly events feature a variety of solo musicians, orchestras and group plays in open air to celebrate the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics.

Starting on July 26th and ending on the 31st, the series of shows kicks off with singer-songwriter Neil Hannon followed by neo-classical solo artist Jose Gonzalez.

“Gonzalez combines stunning classical guitar with silky vocal melodies, as well as making a point of recording astonishing covers of others’ work from Joy Division, to Bruce Springsteen to Kylie Minogue,” commented the event organiser.

The next day will see performances from famed producer and performer Mark Ronson, who made a name for himself working with the likes of Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Adele.

Ronson will be supported by a three-piece London band, the Noisettes, who boast “galloping funk grooves”.

Golden-oldies Status Quo headline the event’s third day of performances, with support from British blues group Nine Below Zero.

Furthermore, audiences will enjoy the “timeless” songs of Squeeze and the efforts of folk-group Turin Brakes on the series’ Friday night show.

The penultimate evening of events starts with Irish rockers The Pogues and finishes with the “godfathers of pop-punk”, the Buzzcocks.

Sunday the 31st of July will be the final day of the musical celebration with Songs in the Key of London, a “unique finale concert”, in which musician Chris Difford promises: “a live celebration of all the great songs inspired by and written about this wonderful city of ours.”

The Old Royal Naval College was established by the Royal Charter in 1692 for the relief and support of seamen and their dependants.

Its famed architecture boasts the influence of Christopher Wren and noted architects such as Hawksmoor, Vanbrugh and James Stuart.

Ideally situated in the heart of London, The Montcalm hotel is a Tube ride away from the Old Royal Naval College, from Marble Arch to Cutty Sark DLR station via a changeover at Bank.

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