Villages host dance and brass evenings

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A rural touring scheme is bringing two more shows, featuring dance and brass music, to north Northumberland venues later this month.

First up, next Saturday, is Northumbriana at Howick Village Hall, which is followed by The Good, The Bad and The Brassy at Wooler’s Cheviot Centre on Friday, March 28.

Northumbriana journeys into the past, present and future with an exciting fusion of traditional and contemporary dance, inspired by the ‘lost’ dances of Northumberland, including 17th-century social dance with a contemporary flavour.

The piece is performed by three highly skilled dancers to live music composed and performed by internationally-recognised folk musician Alistair Anderson.

The show uses digital film to create stunning landscapes, projected onto beautiful costumes and enhanced by live and recorded soundscapes and the evening concludes with a ceilidh with the audience invited to join in.

Tickets for the 7pm performance in Howick cost £8, £4 children or £20 family and are available on 01665 577384.

The Good, The Bad and The Brassy is billed as a musical journey that takes you through a brief history of heroes and villains.

It is brought to life by virtuoso multi-brass instrumentalist James Stretton and his trusty sidekick Iain Jackson.

The show is suitable for children (aged 9+) and includes all the members of the brass family with a very broad and appealing repertoire.

The organisers promise that an evening to remember is guaranteed.

Tickets for the night, which starts at 7.30pm at the Cheviot Centre, cost £7 for adults, £6 conc, £4 children or £19 for a family ticket. Contact the box office on 01668 282406.

Highlights work in partnership with a network of village halls and community venues across Northumberland as well as in Cumbria and Durham to provide subsidised access to professional touring performances and exhibitions.

The scheme currently supports promoters in 25 community venues across Northumberland.

For more information or ticket details, visit www.high