Gathering celebrates musical heritage

Members of Alnwick Pipers' Society in action.
Members of Alnwick Pipers' Society in action.

A feast of traditional music will be on the menu at a village hall next month, serving up afternoon workshops and an evening concert.

Alnwick Pipers’ Society is staging its Annual Northumbrian Gathering at the Jubilee Hall, at Newton on the Moor, on Saturday, November 8.

The workshops begin at 2pm and are open to anyone who plays a traditional instrument (F pitch).

The sessions cost £10, with food included. People can turn up on the day, but organisers would welcome advanced booking.

In the evening, there will be a concert to celebrate the traditional music of the county.

It will feature members of Alnwick Pipers’ Society, as well as a number of guest performers. These include pipemaker Richard Evans, from Cumbria.

He will be playing the Northumbrian pipes.

Also appearing at the concert will be Ian Scott, a composer and accordionist, along with Cathy Anderson, who is a superb accompanist on the keyboard. Both are Northumbrians.

Alnwick Pipers’ Society vice-chairman Susan Clarke said: “We are very much looking forward to this event.

“The event has been held at the village hall over the last few years. The hall has recently been refurbished and it really is a superb venue.

“The whole event is a feast of Northumbrian music; a celebration really.

“It is a social event, but very traditional at the same time, and the evening concert should be a lively showcase of the best of Northumbrian music, with Jimmy Little adding more of the true flavour of the region on his mouth organ.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 7pm.

Light refreshments will be served during the interval, with donations going to the Bell Tower Fund.

Entry to the concert is £5, payable on the door.

Alternatively, anyone wanting to reserve a table or to book a slot at the workshops, which will be led by some of the musicians appearing at the concert, call Susan on 01665 575232.

Or contact George Prentice by sending an email to g.prentice@btconnect.com or call 01890 771230.