One-man tribute to musical greats

Graeme Danby
Graeme Danby

Three of the 20th century’s greatest music-revue entertainers are being revived in a one-man show.

Opera star Graeme Danby is bringing the musical wit of Flanders and Swann and American singer/satirist Tom Lehrer to the stage.

His performance of Across The Atlantic in the ballroom of Eshott Hall on Sunday, November 30, will bring to a close the fourth season of the Northumberland Music Festival.

Graeme is one the North East’s favourite classical singers.

He has sung many major roles for English National Opera, performs regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, sings for Opera North and Garsington Opera and has sung at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona, and La Scala, Milan.

Festival director Jeremy Peaker said: “Graeme is a larger-than-life character, who delights wherever he goes.”

The festival runs over three weekends from Friday, November 14, to Sunday, November 30, at Guyzance, Doxford and Eshott halls.

This year sees the return of several favourites.

Heritage Opera will be performing Rossini’s comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, as well as Puccini’s Tosca.

Gilbert and Sullivan makes a popular return, in Much Loved Productions’ selection of the two masters’ comic output performed by members of D’Oyly Carte.

Northumbrian Ranters will also return for a fourth time with their blend of dances, jigs and traditional tunes.

Orchestral music makes its debut in the form of the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

The 28 members will perform a programme which includes St Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst, and Bruch’s Violin Concerto.

Also making their debut will be the Three English Tenors, who will perform some of the best tenor arias.

Sarah Coward and Sunny Ormond, from Radio 4’s The Archers, and Phantom of the Opera star Jan Hartley celebrate female stars of stage and screen in Wicked Women.

Tickets to the concerts include a gourmet dinner, supper or lunch. A proportion of all ticket sales will go to HospiceCare North Northumberland and St Oswald’s Hospice.

For details, visit www.nmfestival.co.uk or ring 01668 283100.