Ranters uphold a fine musical tradition

Northumnrian ranters
Northumnrian ranters
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The Northumberland Ranters will be clocking up a hat-trick of appearances at the Northumberland Music Festival next month.

Chosen from the many talented musicians aged from 10 to 18 who attend schools in Northumberland, they were formed six years ago to continue and promote the culture and musical traditions of the county.

Their repertoire is extensive and includes music with local, regional, national and international flavours.

Their programme for the music festival concert at Doxford Hall on November 22 is still to be finalised but will include Scottish marches, Irish reels and jigs, and many traditional Northumbrian tunes.

The Northumberland Music Festival is the brainchild of Robert Parker, the owner of three of Northumberland’s most prestigious venues – Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall.

He said: “The younger generation and traditional music are both at the very heart of our festival and the Northumbrian Ranters represent both.

“It is an absolute joy to see so many young musicians performing so magnificently and we are all looking forward to welcoming them once again.”

Among those performing will be Gary Wilmot, Much Loved Productions and their unique roundup of Gilbert & Sullivan classics and Felling Male Voice Choir.

The festival takes place over three weekends between Friday, November 8, and Sunday, November 24.

As in previous years, a proportion of all tickets sold will go to charity, this year HospiceCare North Northumberland.

The Ranters concert costs £30 per person and includes a welcome drink on arrival and a two-course dinner with coffee. For anyone wishing to attend the concert and stay overnight, Doxford Hall is offering a special rate of £50 per person sharing a double room bed and breakfast.

Tickets are available from 01668 283100 or online at www.nmfestival.com