Van Morrison and Ronnie Scott’s jazz club are among a host of famous classical, rock and jazz names involved with Woburn Live, a new outdoor festival at one of England's historic stately homes on July 27-29.

The festival, which takes place in front of Woburn Abbey, 45 miles north of London, aims to become an annual event.

Promoted by U.K.-based Musical Associates, Morrison appears on July 27, while the following day's classical themed performances will be headlined by the 75-piece orchestra English National Orchestra (ENO) playing classical tracks and movie soundtracks.

Additionally, the ENO will accompany two leading opera singers, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra (Decca Records) and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo (Polydor) as they sing the parts of Tony and Maria in "West Side Story."

The July 29 jazz day is tagged "Ronnie Scott's in the Park," which for the first time sees performances normally taking place at the legendary London jazz club Ronnie Scott's moving outdoors.

In addition to shows by Ronnie Scott's Big Band, guest performers will include Marti Pellow (lead singer of U.K. band Wet Wet Wet), and U.S. jazz vocalist Curtis Stigers.

Also joining the jazz camp are two emerging stars: Victoria Hart (Decca) and Peter Grant (Globe Records/Universal).

Hart, who recently signed a £1.5 million ($3 million) with Decca, has been dubbed "the Singing Waitress" because of a previous job singing at a restaurant. She hit the headlines in May after singing for Hollywood stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt at a Cannes Film Festival party. Her debut album "Whatever Happened to Romance" is scheduled for a July 9 release.

"I am so thrilled because this is something I've always wanted to do," Hart told Billboard.biz during a showcase at the festival launch in Ronnie Scott's last night. "The album features some major names like Neil Drinkwater, who's played for Van Morrison; Paul Robinson, who toured with Nina Simone; and the Kick Horns, the session brass instrumentalists who have played with the Who."

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