Festival marches to a close

Wicked Women Sara Coward and Sunny Ormonde.
Wicked Women Sara Coward and Sunny Ormonde.

The last weekend of the Northumberland Music Festival promises a wide range of

musical entertainment as the fourth annual event reaches its climax.

Tickets this year have been flying out of the door with virtual full houses and three sell-out concerts.

“This year we have really hit the mark. The recipe of good food and gala performance is an unbeatable combination,” said Jeremy Peaker, the festival’s’ artistic director.

The final concerts feature some of the best-known names the festival has ever seen.

The Archers have sent a contribution, in the shape of Caroline Stirling and Lillian Bellamy (aka Sara Coward and Sunny Ormonde).

They are teaming up with West End leading lady Jan Hartley to explore the naughty nastiness of some of history’s and theatre’s baddest babes in Wicked Women tomorrow night.

No stranger to the North is Graeme Danby, whose baritone voice can lead the crowds at St James’s Park, and please the opera goers of Milan and Edinburgh.

On the final night on Sunday, he is uniting Britain and America with Across the Atlantic, a celebration of the talents of Flanders, Swann and Lehrer.

The challenging military might of the Northumberland Fusiliers will serve up a lunchtime of melody and marches on Sunday – so the singers don’t have it all their own way.

The first Northumberland Music Festival Awards, are taking place at Eshott Hall on Saturday afternoon.

The winners of two of the classes will be joining Graeme for a masterclass.

The remaining event of the weekend, The Three English Tenors, has been sold out for some time.

The Festival makes a one-off return next month for the Viennese Straus Christmas at Doxford Hall.

Staged by Much Loved Productions and the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra on December 5, this evening of popular classics with an Austrian flavour will be accompanied by a gourmet Christmas treat.

For ticket details and more information on the Northumberland Music Festival, visit www.nmfestival.co.uk or ring 01668 283100.