Returning for a fourth year

Gilbert and Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan

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Returning for a fourth year in succession to the Northumberland Music Festival are the witty lyics and gorgeous tunes of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Performed on Sunday, November 23, the concert, sponsored by NFU Mutual Insurance, at Doxford Hall, will be given by ex-members of D’Oyly Carte opera who know their routines and patter to perfection.

The Festival this year sees the return of several favourites; Heritage Opera, who delivered a polished La Boheme last year, will be performing Rossini’s comic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, and Tosca, Puccini’s powerful masterpiece which pitches love, revolution and conflict onto the opera-house stage.

Gilbert and Sullivan make a popular return, in Much Loved Productions’ fourth selection of the two masters’ comic output.

Never locally outdone, the 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 Orchestras. The 28 members will perform a programme which includes the delightfully English St Paul’s Suite, by Gustav Holst, and Bruch’s lovely Violin Concerto.

Recognising the musical talents and ambitions of North-East residents is also a key feature of the 2014 Festival, with a competition, the Northumberland Music Festival Awards and a workshop/masterclass session given by Newcastle’s popular opera singer, bass Graeme Danby.

Robert Parker, the festival’s presenter, said: “My wife Gina and I love music, and Northumberland, and we are delighted to bring a musical sparkle to the dark nights of November, when the summer is forgotten and Christmas is just a bit far away.”

The festival runs over the three weekends from Friday, November 14, until Sunday, November 30, at Guyzance, Eshott and Doxford Halls. Visit www.nmfestival.co.uk for tickets and details.