Classical feast in a stately setting

Callam Mclachlan
Callam Mclachlan

The line-up has been revealed for another feast of classical music as three stately homes prepare to host the second Northumberland Music Festival.

The 10-day festival, returning after a successful first year last November, showcases some of the best established and emerging classical, folk, chamber and operatic music acts in the country.

Liquid Architecture.

Liquid Architecture.

Spread between Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall, it will kick off on November 9 – with this year’s highlights including performances by the world-famous Opera North.

It is the first time in many years that the Leeds-based ensemble, which regularly tours the country’s major theatres, has performed in Northumberland.

There will also be performances by classical ensemble Liquid Architecture, Gilbert and Sullivan standards by Much Loved Productions, and a Remembrance Sunday concert at Doxford Hall by the Reg Vardy Brass Band on November 11.

The programme is the brainchild of former clergyman Robert Parker, owner of the three stately homes, who started the festival last year to further a passion for traditional and classical music.

He said: “We have a fantastic line-up of performers, and have chosen a programme that we hope will offer something for all music tastes.”

This year’s line-up also includes piano recitals from students at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and Northumbrian Ranters, made up of children from 18 of the county’s schools.

Mr Parker said: “Once again I am especially excited about the performances from the younger generation.

“These are our musicians of the future and our aim through the Northumberland Music Festival is to highlight their musical talent.”

This year, all concert tickets at the festival will include a meal, prepared using local ingredients – including produce from the gardens at Doxford and Eshott halls.

The aim, Mr Parker said, is to treat guests to a ‘cultural feast’ that goes beyond music alone.

Tickets start at £25, which includes the meal. To book tickets, call 01668 283100 or visit the festival website,