Concert is the ‘start of a new dimension’

Border Directors.
Border Directors.

Organisers of one of Alnwick’s major cultural events are expanding their offering to appeal to audiences both old and new.

Alnwick International Music Festival is launching a series of concerts on Saturday in the hope of providing musical opportunities outside of the festival week in August.

Chairman Alan Symmonds said: “The objective is to have a more intimate concert venue and showcase local groups who receive too little exposure in festival week or none at all.

“Both the Bailiffgate Singers and the Border Directors bring a wealth of talent and expertise that makes them deserving openers of what we hope will be, like our youth concert introduced at the end of festival week, the beginning of a new dimension that will appeal to our existing supporters within Almwick as well as attract new audiences.”

The Bailiffgate Singers and The Border Directors perform at the Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick on Saturday at 7.30pm.

The Border Directors specialise in the traditional music and song of Northumberland and the Borders. Established in 1987 and originally known as the Blue Moon Band, they have performed live and in broadcasts both locally and further afield.

The Bailiffgate Singers were formed in 2005 by members of a previous choir who wished to continue singing together. A mixed choir of some 30 adults singing four-part music, its repertoire ranges from classical, folk and gospel to more contemporary pieces.

Tickets, which cost £5 to include a glass of wine or soft drink, are available at G Penrose & Sons or to reserve on 01665 606808 or 07939 268680.

Places are strictly limited so it is advisable to book in advance, but if available tickets may be purchased on the door.