Popular music festival to return

Brinkburn Music Festival - Picnic in grounds.
Brinkburn Music Festival - Picnic in grounds.
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Top-class singers and musicians will perform at Brinkburn Priory next week.

This year’s Brinkburn Music Festival takes place from Friday, July 4, to Sunday, July 6.

In the words of the event’s artistic director, Gulliver Ralston, the 2014 programme is an ambitious one. But it is one which he believes will be rewarding.

The festival will open on the Friday at 7.30pm with a performance of traditional choral music, and other arrangements, from The Queen’s Six.

At 2pm the following day, Mahan Esfahani will play harpsichord in a programme with soprano and trumpet.

This will be followed by a performance from violinist Jennifer Pike and her father, Jeremy, on piano, at 4pm. On the Saturday at 7pm, the Royal Northern Sinfonia will perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 A Child’s Vision of Heaven, plus a commission from Alastair Putt.

On the festival’s final day, there will be a sung eucharist at 11am. The Dean of Durham Cathedral will preach, with music from the choirs of Durham Cathedral and the Northumberland Church of England Academy.

The Hilliard Ensemble will close the event at 3pm. They will be joined by the Royal Northern Sinfonia. The programme will include a performance of John Casken’s The Dream of The Rood.

For details, including tickets, call 01665 798007 or visit the website.