The world’s most iconic dance brand Ministry of Sound has announced The Annual Classical, an orchestral tour which celebrates and re-imagines their legendary dance music compilation The Annual.

Twenty Three years on from the debut compilation release, The Annual Classical will see Ministry of Sound taking out a fifty piece classical orchestra to tour the UK. There will be a world premier at London’s Royal Festival Hall on January 26th, with a full six-date UK tour starting in May 2019, calling at major cities across the country.

Recognising the cultural significance of the tour, Classic FM has been announced as media partner, which sees the UK’s most popular classical music station team up with The Annual Classical for this classical crossover project. Classic FM will be promoting the orchestral tour to its 5.2 million weekly listeners on air, online and on social media.

The tour will include some of the biggest dance tracks from the 90s, which have featured on early chart topping The Annual compilations. It will see the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Dario G all re-imagined with an orchestral makeover.

To celebrate Ministry of Sound’s The Annual, a documentary has been made celebrating the compilation series. It features interviews with the DJs who launched their careers at the club and became Ministry of Sound legends, including the likes of Judge Jules, Paul Oakenfold and Brandon Block, alongside the key Ministry of Sound players including co-founder Justin Berkmann and chairman Lohan Presencer.

The documentary explores the history of The Annual, the club and features never before seen footage with a live orchestral accompaniment. The film will be screened exclusively at The Annual Classical performances across the UK.

Compiled and mixed by a series of superstar DJs including Boy George, Pete Tong, Judge Jules and Tall Paul to name a few, The Annual quickly became THE dance compilation of choice each year for dance fans. Over the course of twenty three editions since its 1995 inception, The Annual has achieved six chart topping albums, and sixteen top ten releases.

TOUR DATES 2019

January

Date Venue
Sat 26th Royal Festival Hall London

May

Date Venue
Sat 18th Symphony Hall Birmingham
Fri 31st St Davids Hall Cardiff

June

Date Venue
Thu 6th Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
Sat 8th Royal Concert Hall Glasgow
Fri 14th Bridgewater Hall Manchester
Fri 21st Philharmonic Hall Liverpool

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