School’s out, but music is in for the summer

A SUMMER season of music has kicked off in Morpeth.

Singers and musicians from across the region will be taking it in turns to come to the town to strut their stuff in the Market Place.

The free open-air concerts, which started last weekend, have been organised by Morpeth Town Team as part of a drive to attract more shoppers and visitors to the area.

Music will sound out each Saturday until September 7, with performers including Lewis Denny and Lucy Curry, Tom Wyllie, Lou Coel, Michelle Tufnel and duo Rachel and Clare.

Some of the artists have come through the Sage Academy, which is the north’s only full-time vocational performing arts college and also offers part-time classes to children aged five and upwards.

Town Team Chairman David Lodge, who is also Chief Executive of the Greater Morpeth Development Trust, said: “Morpeth Market Place is a focal point of the town so where better to put on some live musical entertainment for shoppers?

“Entertainment will cover a whole range of music, from country and swing jazz to some of the pop classics from the past 50 years.”

The entertainment programme is supported by funding received through the Government’s Mary Portas initiative, which aims to breathe new life into Britain’s high streets. One of the key messages of the scheme is to encourage more diverse use of town centres.

The concerts will run from 12.30pm to 3pm.

The initiative follows on from the success of previous summer entertainment organised by the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade.