The show goes on in style this summer

Concert July 9th. Mid Northumberland chorus.''Robin Forbes conducting the choir during rehearsals'
Concert July 9th. Mid Northumberland chorus.''Robin Forbes conducting the choir during rehearsals'

THE show will finally go on for Morpeth concert fans as performers tune up for a summer spectacular.

Some of the region’s top singers and musicians will be coming to the town this weekend to perform a packed programme of classical music.

The concert, which is organised by the Mid Northumberland Chorus, was originally scheduled for November, but had to be called off at the last minute as heavy snow prevented some of the performers from reaching the venue.

However, organisers were determined that eventually it would go ahead and now the same line-up will take to the same stage as initially planned at Morpeth’s Riverside Leisure Centre.

The concert will bring together chorus members, pupils from King Edward VI School (KEVI), acclaimed tenor Austin Gunn and Orchestra North East, and will be conducted by KEVI Director of Music Robin Forbes.

Soprano Rebecca Megwa will perform Magnificat by John Rutter.

The soloist is a KEVI pupil and has recently taken a leading role in the school’s production of Fame. She also sings with the Quayside Singers and plays flute for Sinfonic Winds at The Sage Gateshead.

Fellow KEVI student Charlotte Christensen will perform Suite Antique, also by John Rutter, accompanied by Ken Irving on keyboard. Charlotte is studying flute under David Haslam, formerly Principal Flautist with Northern Sinfonia, and plays with the Young Sinfonia.

Messa di Gloria by Giacomo Puccini will be performed by tenor Austin Gunn and baritone Martin Wheeler.

The concert is supported financially by Morpeth Town Council, the Greater Morpeth Development Trust and Benfield Motors, with ‘in kind’ support from Stait Photography, Hardy’s and Inside Morpeth, to enable ticket prices to be kept to a minimum.

Mid Northumberland Chorus Chairman Chris Lediard said: “The concert has had an unfortunate history to date, but everything is now falling into place, the rehearsals are going very well and we are now on the final drive to give the people of Morpeth a real musical treat.

“This is a concert for all the family, the music is light and very tuneful and many young people will be taking part. In all, it is an opportunity not to be missed.”

Previously, the group has organised sell-out concerts on a similar scale in 2002, 2005 and 2008.

It will take place on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £9 adults, £5 students, in advance and £10 adults, £5 students, on the door.

They are available from Stait Photography and King Edward VI School office in Morpeth, from choir members and by telephone on 01670 790268.