Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 09.05.33ONE of the UKs most popular classical singers is the first performer to launch a series of exciting concerts in Sunderland planned throughout the summer.

Katherine Jenkins has not only made classical music popular to a wide audience but has also appeared in tv shows ranging from Pop Star to Opera Star and US hit show Dancing With The Stars, along with performing to audiences around the world.

And now the singer will be taking to the stage alongside The National Symphony Orchestra, at Sunderlands Herrington Country Park on May 6, giving North East music lovers the chance to see her in a stunning outdoor setting.

The show is the first to be staged by The Northern Sessions, a division of events company Sunderland Live, with plans to bring a number of top acts to the city throughout this summer, with a number of other big names to be announced in the coming months.

Its a massive coup for The Northern Sessions to start off its programme with a singer of the calibre of Katherine who has such wide appeal, said a spokesperson.

We think this will be a fantastic event which should attract people from around the region and beyond.

Tickets for Katherine Jenkins supported by National Symphony Orchestra are £33 each and will be available for sale at 10amon Monday January 18. Tickets can be purchased by visiting

Since debuting in 1998, Katherine has become one of the most popular classical-crossover artists of all time, selling more than four million copies of her ten studio albums.

The Sunderland concert marks the most northern of several UK performances confirmed for Jenkins in 2016, including a celebration of Her Majesty the Queens 90th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall.

For more information about this and all further Northern Sessions announcements visit