International star mezzo-soprano, Festival Patron and 2017 Gala Concert soloist, Sarah Connolly, CBE was awarded a damehood in the 2017 Birthday Honours.
Audience reaction to the Festival's opening concert of the 2017 season:
"Well, the bar has been raised again! What a stunning concert!
We are all so lucky to hear such precision, passion and exquisite musicalit…