Royal seal of approval for festival headliners

Organisers of the Brinkburn Music Festival say they are delighted after this year’s headline act was bestowed with the title of Royal by the Queen.

The Northern Sinfonia received the honour last week, recognising it internationally as one of the UK’s finest orchestras.

It is the first time any UK orchestra has been given the title in more than two decades.

The group will be performing at the popular, long-running Brinkburn festival on Saturday, July 6.

And those involved with the annual event admit that the orchestra’s recent Royal seal of approval makes its appearance extra-special.

The orchestra’s 7pm performance is just one of the many highlights of the 2013 festival, which this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The extravaganza, taking place at Brinkburn Priory, opens on Friday, July 5, with a performance by the Carducci String Quartet from 7.30pm.

The programme includes work by Britten, Shostakovich and Beethoven.

On Saturday, the Royal Northern Sinfonia will celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centenary with a concert that features composers linked to his life.

Two events are planned on Sunday, July 7 – the final day.

At 1pm, the festival’s artistic director, Paul McCreesh, who is stepping down from the role after 20 years, will be reminiscing about his two decades at Brinkburn.

This will be followed at 2pm by the festival’s closing concert, featuring the Gabrieli Consort and Players.

McCreesh will conduct his 70-strong consort and players alongside the festival’s talented youth choir partners, The North East Youth Chorale.

Tickets for the festival are on sale and vary in price for each concert/event and seating position.

For more details, visit www.brinkburnmusic.org or call 01665 798007.