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Andrew and Marget Watchorn
Andrew and Marget Watchorn

The second Northumberland Music Festival will feature a welcome return of the Northumbrian pipes and fiddle of Andrew and Margaret Watchorn.

They will give a sparkling display of dance tunes, lyrical slow airs, stunning harmonies and lively rhythms in a concert at Guyzance Hall on Wednesday, November 14.

Tickets for the concert are £45 each, which includes a welcome drink, three-course dinner with coffee and concert ticket.

The programme will celebrate the wealth of local music from the 16th to the 21st centuries.

Rants and jigs, airs and waltzes, hornpipes and reels, and the songs and voices of the region will fill the evening.

Individually, Andrew and Margaret have both won many traditional music competitions for solo playing and composition.

Together, they have won numerous duet competitions.

They will be joined by harpist and singer Janet Bennett, the official harpist to the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, who has performed for the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and the King of Spain.

The Northumberland Music Festival made its debut last year.

It is the brainchild of Robert Parker, the owner of three of Northumberland’s most prestigious venues – Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall.

He said: “I have a love of all music, and Gina, my Northumbrian wife, has inspired me with a love of local traditional music.

“It would be unthinkable to hold a music festival in the region that did not feature it – and Margaret and Andrew are leading figures in playing it.”

The Festival will be supporting charities HospiceCare North Northumberland, Macmillan Cancer Support and Action Medical Research.

Tickets are available from 01668 283100 or online from www.nmfestival.com