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THE first Northumberland Music Festival, which welcomes a host of top performers from the world of opera, classical and traditional music, starts tomorrow.

Hundreds of festivalgoers have already signed up for the 10-day event taking place at three of the region’s finest historic houses, Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall.

The festival, sponsored by the Morpeth Herald, runs until November 6 and will feature a huge variety of music and will give audiences the chance to see many of the artists making their debut performances in the North East.

It is the brainchild of businessman Robert Parker, the owner of all three venues, including Guyzance, normally his own private residence.

He created the festival to combine his love of music with a love for the county he has embraced as his second home. The resulting programme, with tickets starting from just £10, offers audiences chance to sample a unique mix of musical styles .

A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to three charities, Macmillan Cancer Support, Great North Air Ambulance and HospiceCare North Northumberland.

The festival will begin tomorrow with a Gala Opera Concert presented by Robin Newton, head of music at the nationally-acclaimed Garsington Opera. Well known for his imaginative and dramatic performances, he will bring a host of rising stars to the region, including Soprano Samantha Crawford, a talented young singer already well known to listeners of BBC Radio 3 and Radio Wales. They will perform a series of instantly recognisable classics from such as Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Verdi’s La traviata, Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s La Boheme.

Among those performing for the first time in the North East will be Manchester’s Polyphonic Brass Quintet.

Their performance will include Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Vivaldi’s First Movement from the Double Trumpet Concerto and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin.

Visiting from the South East will be the Kingsmead String Quartet who have performed on the BBC, ITV and even for the Houses of Parliament.

The concert aims to provide music to be enjoyed by the whole community, and on November 3, many of the region’s talented young pianists will have the chance to attend a special masterclass with Murray McLachlan, head of keyboard at the famous Chetham’s School of Music.

The music of the North East is also well represented.

It will be the first time the popular and highly entertaining Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band has crossed the Tyne to perform in Northumberland.

They will be playing a mixture of traditional marches, hymns and modern pieces.

Lovers of traditional Northumbrian music are also in for a treat at the festival. Both the Northumbrian Ranters and local duo Northumbrian Pipes and Fiddle will be performing their music and during the 20 minutes interval they will be available to chat to concert goers about their music.

The grand finale will be two fabulous concert performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best loved songs by former principals of the D’Oyly Carte Opera.

The first, on November 5 at Eshott Hall, will include a firework display.

For details ring 01668 283100 or visit www.nmfestival.com

Hundreds of festivalgoers have already signed up for the 10-day event taking place at three of the region’s finest historic houses, Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall and Guyzance Hall.

The festival, sponsored by the Morpeth Herald, runs until November 6 and will feature a huge variety of music and will give audiences the chance to see many of the artists making their debut performances in the North East.

It is the brainchild of businessman Robert Parker, the owner of all three venues, including Guyzance, normally his own private residence.

He created the festival to combine his love of music with a love for the county he has embraced as his second home. The resulting programme, with tickets starting from just £10, offers audiences chance to sample a unique mix of musical styles .

A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to three charities, Macmillan Cancer Support, Great North Air Ambulance and HospiceCare North Northumberland.

The festival will begin tomorrow with a Gala Opera Concert presented by Robin Newton, head of music at the nationally-acclaimed Garsington Opera. Well known for his imaginative and dramatic performances, he will bring a host of rising stars to the region, including Soprano Samantha Crawford, a talented young singer already well known to listeners of BBC Radio 3 and Radio Wales. They will perform a series of instantly recognisable classics from such as Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Verdi’s La traviata, Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s La Boheme.

Among those performing for the first time in the North East will be Manchester’s Polyphonic Brass Quintet.

Their performance will include Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Vivaldi’s First Movement from the Double Trumpet Concerto and Elgar’s Chanson de Matin.

Visiting from the South East will be the Kingsmead String Quartet who have performed on the BBC, ITV and even for the Houses of Parliament.

The concert aims to provide music to be enjoyed by the whole community, and on November 3, many of the region’s talented young pianists will have the chance to attend a special masterclass with Murray McLachlan, head of keyboard at the famous Chetham’s School of Music.

The music of the North East is also well represented.

It will be the first time the popular and highly entertaining Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band has crossed the Tyne to perform in Northumberland.

They will be playing a mixture of traditional marches, hymns and modern pieces.

Lovers of traditional Northumbrian music are also in for a treat at the festival. Both the Northumbrian Ranters and local duo Northumbrian Pipes and Fiddle will be performing their music and during the 20 minutes interval they will be available to chat to concert goers about their music.

The grand finale will be two fabulous concert performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best loved songs by former principals of the D’Oyly Carte Opera.

The first, on November 5 at Eshott Hall, will include a firework display.

For details ring 01668 283100 or visit www.nmfestival.com