Festival will still go ahead, says chairman

Alnwick International Music Festival 2014'Gergent Ensemble from Sicily
Alnwick International Music Festival 2014'Gergent Ensemble from Sicily

Rumours that a major festival will not go ahead this summer, in what is its 40th year, have been rubbished by the event’s chairman.

And Alan Symmonds insists that the 2015 Alnwick International Music Festival will be a fitting celebration of the special birthday milestone.

The defiant message follows recent confirmation by the event’s committee of this year’s dates, which will see the eight-day-long festival staged in the town from August 1 to 8.

While the final programme has not yet been confirmed, organisers have set their sights on attracting performers from around the world, with acts from the likes of Italy, Japan and the USA all mentioned as possible targets.

The event will also feature those from closer to home, as well as holding night-time performances, shows around the town and children’s workshops, alongside the main stage in the Market Place.

Mr Symmonds said: “Apparently there is a bit of a rumour going around Alnwick that the Music Festival is no more.

“But we feel that it is time to quash these rumours. We are going ahead with confidence, optimism and energy, with the aim of producing a festival that will be worthy of the 40-year milestone.

“We are celebrating a special festival which does a lot of good for Alnwick and attracts high-quality artists and we want to acknowledge the work of all the volunteers who have helped over the 40 years, especially those on the committee and those who have served as chairman.

“We are planning to have around 150 international performers and we have a long list of some really exciting groups. From there, we will shorten the odds.

“It is also important that we acknowledge the contribution of the local artists.”

For more information, visit www.alnwickmusicfestival.com