Snow-hit music show will go on at last

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THE show will finally go on for a Morpeth music extravaganza after it was postponed due to heavy snow.

Hundreds of concert-goers were due to enjoy a packed programme of classical music at Morpeth’s Riverside Leisure Centre in November.

But joint organisers the Mid Northumberland Chorus and King Edward VI School (KEVI) had to call it off at the last minute as snow prevented performers Orchestra North East from reaching the venue, as well as the delivery of staging and seating.

However, the teams were determined that the concert would go ahead in better weather and now a new date has been set this summer.

The line-up will be exactly the same as previously planned, with tenor Austin Gunn, baritone Tim Jones and 160 singers, including chorus members and KEVI pupils, taking part.

The programme will consist of John Rutter’s Magnificat and Suite Antique, followed by Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.

Student Charlotte Christensen will play a flute concerto and fellow KEVI pupil Rebecca Megwa will perform a solo.

The concert will be conducted by KEVI and Mid Northumberland Chorus Director Robin Forbes.

Project Chairman Chris Lediard said: “Everything will be the same as before — the same orchestra, same price, same everything, just a new date.

“Everybody has been very kind to enable this to happen.

“The leisure centre agreed that as long as we were going to have the concert some time it wouldn’t charge us for the day it was cancelled, which was absolutely brilliant and we are really very pleased to be able to bring it back.

“Everybody in Morpeth has been extremely supportive and wants this event to go ahead.”

Those people who still have their tickets for the cancelled event will be able to exchange them for new ones free of charge.

Mr Lediard said: “We are going to re-print tickets in a different colour and are asking people to exchange their old ones free of charge, otherwise we won’t be able to know how many people are coming and how many new tickets we can sell.”

The concert comes after three successful previous events in 2002, 2005 and 2008, which were all sell-outs.

It will now be held at the Riverside Leisure Centre on Saturday, July 9 and tickets will be available later this year.

Further information will be posted online at www.midnorthumberlandchorus.org.uk