From concert to full-blown festival

Trad Fest' Students involved in previous workshops
Trad Fest' Students involved in previous workshops

Trad Fest, Alnwick Playhouse, Saturday, March 17, 4pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £10, £6 child/student for both events and workshop.

NORTHUMBERLAND and Creative Performing Arts present this traditional music extravaganza, which, for the first time, has been expanded from an evening concert to a festival.

Trad Fest'Northumbrian Ranters performing for the Queen

Trad Fest'Northumbrian Ranters performing for the Queen

The evening concert stars the Northumbrian Ranters, a 45-strong traditional music ensemble encompassing fiddles, cellos, accordions, flutes and Northumbrian pipes.

The ensemble plays all types of traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland, as well as from Norway and Spain, and the evening will be compered by Alex Swailes.

The afternoon sees the youngsters perform with eight different groups playing, including the Rothbury Celidh Band and pupils from St Paul’s school in Alnwick.

Running from 4pm to 6pm, it will involve around 100 musicians.

And if the magnificent music inspires you to try it yourself, there will be workshops between 1pm and 3pm.

Adults and children alike will be available to try playing harp, concertina, Northumbrian Pipes or accordion at a cost of £3 for two one-hour workshops.

Richard Johnstone, the traditional co-ordinator for the music service, said: “For the last four years, we have just run a concert in the evening.

“This year, we tried to make it into a traditional music festival especially for the youth.

“Next year, we are going to try to introduce competitions as well.”

Tickets for the matinee alone cost £5 or £3 for a child or student. The evening concert costs £7 or £5 child/student.