Concert to raise cash for event

After a top North-East festival was cancelled last month, its organisers are holding a benefit concert in the hope of raising vital funds to allow the show to go on in future years.

After careful consideration, the board of the Brinkburn Music charity regretfully decided that it could not proceed with the 22nd Brinkburn Music Festival this year.

The event is held annually at Brinkburn Priory, but raising funds to cover the cost of the festival has been increasingly difficult over the last few years, so the board will now take time to reflect on how to proceed.

Brinkburn Music Festival has always had a strong relationship with Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Sage Gateshead, so its organisers were thrilled when an offer was made to help raise cash to secure the future of the event.

This resulted in a benefit concert featuring the Royal Northern Sinfonia orchestra being lined up for Sunday, July 5, at the Tyneside venue. The concert will include popular works by Mozart, Bizet, Liszt and Tchaikovsky.

Tickets cost £15. Go to www.brinkburnmusic.org or call 0191 443 4661 for further details.