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Opera North set to open this Northumberland Music Festival 2012

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Opera North’s Madame Butterfly. Opera North will be at this year’s Northumberalnd Music Festival

Opera North, one of the United Kingdom’s leading Opera Houses, will open this year’s Northumberland Music Festival, set for Nov. 9 – 18 at Eshott Hall, Guyzance Hall, and Doxford Hall.

It will feature a varied array of concerts including traditional, classical, chamber and operatic music. This includes Opera North, Chetham’s School of Music, Gilbert and Sullivan from Much Loved Productions and Traditional from the Northumbrian Ranters.

Robert Parker, Festival Host, says: “We have a fantastic line up of performers, and have chosen a programme that we hope will offer something for all music tastes. Once again I am especially excited about the performances from the younger generation, these are our musicians of the future and our aim through the Northumberland Music Festival is to highlight their musical talent.”

Opera North’s evening, An Entitled, An Evening with Opera North, will see the company will present some of the very best in its repertoire from a variety of renowned Operas. The opening concerts are on November 9 and 10 at Eshott Hall.

Coinciding with Armistice Day, The Reg Vardy Brass Band will perform a Remembrance Sunday Concert at Doxford Hall, incorporating traditional and classical favourites along with a selection of Remembrance Hymns.

Liquid Architecture, an award-winning ensemble representing three families of the orchestra – strings, wind and brass, will also perform. The ensemble is nationally known for their performance of the famous Schubert Octet. This along with many other favourites in their repertoire will be performed in an evening performance at Eshott Hall. The London based ensemble are also offering concert goers the opportunity to attend an interactive rehearsal workshop at midday prior to their Monday 12th concert.

Returning once again to work with young pianists is Chetham’s School of Music, one of Britain’s premier schools devoted to training and educating young musicians. Chetham’s Piano Workshop is to be held on Tuesday the 13th of November over the day. Head of Keyboard at Chetham’s School of Music, Murray McLachlan will return to Guyzance Hall in the evening to perform a concert with three of Chetham’s outstanding young students. This concert was an impeccable success at last year’s festival showcasing the talent and passion for music that Chetham’s embraces.

Midweek will be a Traditional Northumbrian Evening with Northumbrian Pipes and Fiddle and Harpist and Signer, Janet Bennett. Northumbrian Pipes and Fiddle, made up of Andrew and Margaret Watchorn will present a collection of the duo’s repertoire including that inspired by their home county of Northumberland. Following this will be harpist and singer Janet Bennett. Janet has enjoyed a very successful musical career and is considered one of the most talented harpists and self accompanied singers in Britain today. She will be sharing with concert goers a selection of her favourite pieces including a number of Traditional Northumbrian songs.

Tickets range from £25 to £65 per ticket and all of this year’s tickets include a meal prepared by the concert venues restaurants. The area’s chefs are spoilt for choice with home-grown produce; event organisers decided this year that concert tickets would incorporate a two or three course meal within the restaurants of the country hotels to showcase the superb foods of Northumberland and Northumberland’s Chefs.

The three venues are some of Northumberland’s finest. Located within easy reach of each other, they are ideally placed for visitors from Alnwick, Newcastle and Durham, and together they offer a true taste of the North.

Outline details about the concerts and how to book can be found on the festival’s website, You can also phone the Festival’s Phone Line on 01668 283100 for further details or email


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