It has been announced today that the second Northumberland Music Festival will return this autumn to three of Northumberland’s finest country houses, Guyzance Hall, Doxford Hall and Eshott Hall. This follows the success of the first festival held in 2011, which attracted music lovers from across the region. Featuring Opera, Traditional and Classical Music and the ever- popular Gilbert and Sullivan, the Festival will take place between November 9th and November 18th. Performing for the first time will be the Reg Vardy Band – one of the world’s top twenty Brass ensembles. The outline of the programme is detailed on www.nmfestival.com.
Once again a Gala Opera Concert will begin the Festival with performances on Friday 9th November and Saturday 10th of October at Eshott Hall. The grand finale will be a Gilbert & Sullivan concert on the 18th November at Doxford Hall.
This year’s Northumberland Music Festival will follow the established pattern of 2011, which brought concerts to all three halls, often matching the music to the venue and the menu, and bringing the programme to within reach of different local audiences. It will see a return of some of last year’s favourites, together with new festival appearances from one of the UK’s leading Opera Houses (detail still to be announced) and the award-winning Reg Vardy Band. They will play on Remembrance Sunday and will include music and hymns for the occasion, as part of their programme.
Returning to the 2nd Festival will be Murray McLachlan, international concert pianist and musical director at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Murray and his students of Chetham’s gave a spellbinding recital last November. He returns to play, and to hold piano workshops. Much Loved Productions, who more than definitely lived up to their name last time, are back with their uniquely entertaining performances of Gilbert and Sullivan favourites.
No Northumbrian Music Festival would be complete without featuring some of the traditional music for which the county is renowned and representing this will be the ever-excellent Northumbrian Pipes and Fiddle and Janet Bennett, Clarsoch Harp and Singer, and the talented young musicians of The Northumberland Ranters.
Mr Robert Parker and his wife Gina, who own the three Halls, were overcome by the response to the first festival. He tells us of their plans for 2012: “We were pleased by the reaction to the first festival, and we are confident that this year’s will benefit from the ideas and suggestions that came after it. With some of last year’s highlights, and several new concerts, it will be a fantastic programme. People came from all over the UK last year, to be a part of the festival and we very much hope that they will return this year.”
Event organiser, Barbara Huddart, of Glendale PR and Marketing said: “We are very excited about this year’s programme and have secured some exceptional musicians for the concerts. As before, menus have been devised by the Head Chefs at each of the Halls, so that both music and food can combine in harmony!”
She emphasises that the initial aim was to ensure that this festival made a contribution to northern life, both by bringing music to the region, and by contributing to causes that are close to people’s hearts. She said: “Last year, thanks to the tremendous support from local individuals, businesses, patrons and concert goers, the Northumberland Music Festival raised over £2250 for charitable causes. Once again we are donating a percentage of all ticket sales to local charities so our aim is to provide enjoyment for an even wider audience, and to find partners in the local community, both in business and the charitable sector.”
Outline details about the concerts and how to book can be found on the Festival’s Website, www.nmfestival.com . You can also phone the Festival’s Phone Line on 01668 283100 for further details or email: firstname.lastname@example.org