Curtain comes down on a feast of music

Much Loved Productions perform Gilbert and Sullivan.
Much Loved Productions perform Gilbert and Sullivan.

The third Northumberland Music Festival winds up at the weekend with a double-header of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Much Loved Productions is performing A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring a new selection of songs from the original D’Oyly Carte Company.

The concerts will end the festival on Saturday following a gourmet dinner at Eshott Hall and on Sunday at Doxford Hall after a two-course lunch.

The G&S programmes have proved to be popular with audiences at both previous festivals – not surprising as the Much Loved Productions cast comprises ex-members of D’Oyly Carte and its managing and artistic director Jeremy Peaker is a founder member of the New D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

Jeremy, also a full-time member of Opera North, is this year’s festival director.

The music festival has been running over the last two weekends at Doxford, Eshott and Guyzance halls.

Robert Parker, who came up with the idea of the festival, said: “My wife Gina and I love music and Northumberland equally and we were determined to bring both together when we came to live here.”

Sharing the last weekend are the Northumbrian Ranters, performing at Doxford Hall tomorrow night.

Tickets for the festival all include either lunch or dinner. A proportion of all tickets sold will go to HospiceCare North Northumberland.

Bookings can be made through Northumberland Music Festival, The Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler, www.nmfestival.com, email info@nmfestival.co.uk or by ringing 01668 283100.