Alnwick Sings to perform at the Sage

More than 200 singers from across the Alnwick area will be joining forces on one of the North East’s most sough-after stages for a night of music on Saturday.

Over several years, a succession of concerts, held at the Alnwick Playhouse, have brought together choirs and other vocal ensembles from around the district under the banner Alnwick Sings.

Providing a showcase for local talent, the concerts proved to be highly successful.

But as the project continues, it is stepping up into a different league.

And this weekend they will be joining forces on stage at one of the North East’s premier music venue’s, The Sage Gateshead.

The choirs involved are The Alnwick and District Choral Society, The Playhouse Community Choir, The Bailiffgate Singers, The Rock Festival Choir, Wooler Silver Singers, Glendale Voices’ Seahouses Village Voices and Lionheart Harmony.

During the first half, of the concert the larger choirs will each present their own programme of music with the general theme of The Fight For Freedom.

In the second half the massed choirs, from the district, will come together under the musical direction of Peter Brown, to perform John Rutter’s Feel The Spirit – a suite of seven spirituals written for mezzo-soprano soloist, mixed choir and chamber orchestra.

It is an exciting, moving and often uplifting piece, telling the story of the plight of the hundreds of thousands of black Africans transported and enslaved during the 18th and 19th centuries in America.

The concert takes place at 7.30pm at the Sage.

Tickets are £16, £13 conc, from www.sagegateshead.com or Mick Lock on 01665 577724 or mjlock22621@gmail.com