A musical feast for everyone

A NEW, 10-day music extravaganza is to take place at three of Northumberland’s finest country houses later this year.

Robert Parker, owner of Guyzance Hall, Doxford Hall and Eshott Hall, plans to use the properties to host the first Northumberland Music Festival.

The event will feature established musical companies and groups from around the country, including the nationally acclaimed Garsington Opera.

It is hoped that the festival will become an annual fixture.

Mr Parker said: “We intend to make the festival an annual event and the first year will show some of the ideas we intend to develop. We have gone for concert-style performances this year, but in 2012 most opera events scheduled will be full-scale productions.

“The festival will not only promote music in the region, it will offer opportunities for both schools and individuals to participate.”

The festival takes place from October 28 to November 6, and those signed up to perform include The Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band and local duo Andrew and Margaret Wathcorn.

A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, the Great North Air Ambulance and HospiceCare North Northumberland.

For more details, visit www.nmfestival.com or ring 01668 283100.