Wicked Women, a Transatlantic Tribute and a Big Brass Band bring on the Festival Finale
The fourth Northumberland Music Festival reaches its last weekend in a blaze of stars, but has a Viennese Strauss Christmas still to come!
The last weekend of the Northumberland Music Festival promises a wide range of musical entertainment as the fourth annual event reaches its climax.
Tickets this year have been flying out the door with virtual full houses and three sellout concerts. “This year,” says Jeremy Peaker, the Festival’s’ Artistic Director, “we have really hit the mark. The recipe of good food and gala performance is an unbeatable combination.”
The final concerts feature some of the best-known names the festival has ever seen. The Archers have happily sent a contribution, in the shape of Caroline Stirling and Lillian Bellamy [aka Sara Coward and Sunny Ormonde]. They are pretending to be Wicked Women for the duration of the night on Friday 28th November as, with west end leading lady Jan Hartley, they explore the naughty nastiness of some of history’s and theatre’s baddest babes!
No stranger to the North is Graeme Danby, whose baritone voice can lead the crowds at St James’s Park, and please the opera goers of Milan and Edinburgh. On the final night, Sunday the 30th November, he is uniting Britain and America with Across the Atlantic, a celebration of the talents of Flanders, Swann and Lehrer.
The challenging military might of the Northumberland Fusiliers will serve up a lunchtime of melody and marches on Sunday – so the singers don’t have it all their own way.
The first ever Northumberland Music Festival Awards, are taking place at Eshott Hall on Saturday afternoon, on the 29th November. The winners of classes 3 and 4 will be joining Graeme Danby for a masterclass.
The remaining events of the weekend, The Three English Tenors, has been sold out for some time, with late enquirers disappointed – as word has spread, the remaining events have proved popular, with people enthusiastically snapping up seats for concerts the next day after experiencing a first concert at Doxford Hall.
If you still wish to experience music as it was designed to be heard – in a beautiful country house setting following a gourmet meal, contact the Festival to see if it’s not too late! Otherwise, you may have to wait until the Festival comes back again!
In this case, you will only have to wait until December 5th, for the Viennese Straus Christmas at Doxford Hall. Staged by Much Loved Productions and the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, this evening of popular classics with an Austrian flavour will be accompanied by a gourmet Christmas treat.
Further details for the Northumberland Music Festival can be found at www.nmfestival.co.uk or telephone 01668 283100.