Music festival hits right note

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This year’s Alnwick International Music Festival has been hailed a success, with chairman Alan Symmonds saying he was delighted with the event.

The 38th annual celebration of song, dance, culture and tradition from around the world attracted groups from India, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Estonia, Mauritius and Slovenia.

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Alnwick International Music Festival 2013'Shilpagya from India 'Ref: JCNG AIMF India 6

Performers from the UK, including Northumberland, also impressed the crowds during the eight-day event, held from August 3 to 10.

“The committee is delighted with how this year’s festival went,” said Mr Symmonds.

“All of the groups were extremely good and were well-received by the public.

“They were also very sociable and they thoroughly enjoyed being in Alnwick; so much so that some of the groups didn’t want to go home.

“They all left with a good impression of Alnwick and its people.”

Mr Symmonds says that an evaluation meeting will take place shortly, and one of the topics up for discussion will be the festival’s financial future.

“We want to try to remove the fear factor financially,” he said.

“We want to develop a financial model that is sustainable and keeps the festival going.”

Following a string of power cuts in the town recently, Northern Powergrid has offered to give next year’s festival at least £1,000 as a goodwill gesture.

“It is very welcome and we are very grateful,” said Mr Symmonds, who added that people were very generous in giving money to the festival via the donations bucket.

A new event this year was Friday night’s Fringe Festival, giving local talent the chance to shine in front of an audience.

“Embryonically, it was a tremendous success and we had some good acts,” Mr Symmonds said.

The festival is aiming to have regular concerts throughout the year, showcasing local talent, to help build the event’s profile.

The first one is planned for Saturday, October 5. More details will be announced soon.

Mr Symmonds has thanked everyone involved with this year’s festival.