International treat for music-lovers

The second Northumberland Music Festival will see the return of international pianist Murray McLachlan, along with students from Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

The piano recital and workshops will be presented at Guyzance Hall on Tuesday, November 13.

This is a concert of two halves – three outstanding young students from Chetham’s will perform in the first half, followed by international concert pianist Murray McLachlan.

Chetham’s School of Music is one of Britain’s premier schools devoted to training and educating young musicians.

Festival organiser Barbara Huddart said: “The students of Chetham’s are the best young musicians, virtually in the north, and the Festival is privileged to be able to offer them a chance to perform.

“They were amazing last year, and they and their inspirational teacher Murray McLachlan, were one of the performers we wanted to see back this autumn.”

Murray is head of keyboard at Chetham’s School of Music and a senior tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has performed on all five continents and appeared as soloist with most of the UK’s leading orchestras.

The audience will hear Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin, Scarlatti, Debussy, Ravel, Liszt and Beethoven.

The festival , the brainchild of Robert Parker, owner of Guyzance, Doxford and Eshott halls, will be supporting the efforts of charities HospiceCare North Northumberland, Macmillan Cancer Support and Action Medical Research.

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