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A historic property will come alive with glorious classical music and song performed by some of the world’s best artists next month.

Outstanding international soloist Henning Kraggerud and renowned flautist Katy Bircher are just some of the talents scheduled to appear at the 19th Brinkburn Music Festival.

Held at 12th century Brinkburn Priory, which is nestled on the banks of the Coquet near Rothbury, the showcase runs from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8, and is sure to attract hundreds of concert goers.

This much-loved weekend festival opens with Norwegian-born Kraggerud.

This will be followed on Saturday with an eagerly anticipated concert featuring Stile Antico, an ensemble of young British singers described as one of the most original and exciting in their field.

The final day of the festival features a recital by Bircher, who is principal flautist with the Gabrieli Consort & Players.

She will then join her fellow players when festival favourites, The Gabrielis, take to the stage with Bach’s St Matthew Passion, prior to a Choral Evensong.

Looking ahead to the festival, Paul McCreesh, artistic director, said: “Brinkburn continues to attract some of the world’s best artists and this year we’re delighted to welcome two newcomers to the festival – the exciting and charismatic Henning Kraggerud, with whom I have had the pleasure of working many times; and Stile Antico, whose recordings on Harmonia Mundi have been widely acclaimed.

“Both performances will be truly amazing and I urge people not to miss either of them.

“I’m also thrilled to be bringing Bach’s great Passion as it was performed in his day, with the vocal music being given over to eight or nine soloists, which restores a chamber-music intimacy to this vast and sublime work.”

Alongside the music, the festival has its usual food and refreshment options, including the picnic hampers, which can be enjoyed outdoors in the beautiful grounds, and the Brinkburn Bistro, situated within the nearby Manor House.

Booking is essential for both and further details, menus and opening times are available on the festival website – www.brinkburnmusic.org