Appeal for music festival support

PREPARATIONS are going well for this year’s Alnwick International Music Festival, the event’s chairman has said, but an appeal has been made for volunteers.

Eight oversees acts – Mexico, India, Korea, Armenia, Holland, Spain, Lithuania and Sweden – are all set to appear at the summer showcase, which takes place in the town from August 4 to August 11.

Acts from closer to home, such as the North East, Northumberland and Scotland, are also due to feature in the annual extravaganza.

Event chairman and town mayor Alan Symmonds said: “We have a good mix this year. The local performers will be joined by between 220 and 240 international performers of music, song and dance.

“Optimism is high and we hope to present another fantastic and free eight-day festival.

“Preparations are going well but we could still do with volunteers for the week itself.

“There are two half days helping to prepare the beds and there are plenty of jobs during the festival week, such as working on reception or being a group host.

“People can give as much time as they can manage and anyone interested should contact the committee or me as chairman.”

The festival has also launched its new website, which has been designed by Andrew Duff.

Visit for more information and to check out this year’s groups.