Music lovers are in for a treat this autumn as a feast of opera classic and traditional music comes to Northumberland.
The inaugeral 10-day Northumberland Music Festival will see three of the county’s finest country houses – Eshott, Guyzance and Doxford Halls – play host to performances of international calibre between October 28-November 6.
The programme will include more than 80 pieces including the highlight of a Gilbert & Sullivan concert featuring former singers of the D’Oyley Carte Opera Company on November 5. This event will include a firework display.
The Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band will also be performing for the first time in Northumberland. Fans of modern classical can hear American composers in the performance of The Kingsmead String Quartet which will play works by Gershwin, Dvorak, Bridge and Haydn.
A Northern Airs concert will feature Northumbrian pipes and fiddles with dance and rhythms.
The three venues, all former mansions, are owned by Robert Parker, who has a love of music and produced the programme for the event.
The festival is being sponsored by the Northumberland Gazette and the Great North Air Ambulance, Macmillan Cancer Support and HospiceCare North Northumberland will each receive a donation from ticket sales.
To find out more and to buy tickets go to www.nmfestival.com