Choir on song in the library

Food historian Annie Gray will be giving out festive food tips as 'Mrs Beeton' during a Victorian Christmas performance at Belsay Hall.
Food historian Annie Gray will be giving out festive food tips as 'Mrs Beeton' during a Victorian Christmas performance at Belsay Hall.

A series of carol concerts will take place at a Northumberland heritage site throughout this month.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens will be playing host to a number of choral groups throughtout the festive season to add some Christmas spirit to the attraction.

The performances will take place in the hall’s library and the season will start with a tribute to a Dickens’ Christmas classic.

The first performance, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday, will focus on A Christmas Carol, when grumpy, old Scrooge will meet the ghost of Christmas past, present and yet to come. The special performance will lead the audience through this classic tale with performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Next weekend, the choral delights will be part of a bigger festive experience, when the heritage site will be transformed into a Victorian Christmas Day delight.

The Christmas period is particularly poignant for Belsay Hall because the Middleton family moved into the then new hall at Belsay on Christmas Day, 1817.

Next weekend, visitors will be able to learn about Prince Albert’s influence in popularising the Christmas tree and discovering the origins of the cracker, mince pies, carol singing and pantomimes.

The event takes place on December 12 and 13, from 11am to 4pm.

Then, the following weekend, two different choirs will be filling the hall with the sound of music.

On Saturday, December 19, the Ceadmon Choir will be performing then the Ayres and Gracenotes Choir will be performing on Sunday, December 20.

Both choirs will be performing at 1pm and 3pm.