WITH PIC.

The Deputy Mayor of Morpeth Coun Mark Horton officially opening the Wansbeck Music Festival.  Pictured is Jasmine Wilson.
The Deputy Mayor of Morpeth Coun Mark Horton officially opening the Wansbeck Music Festival. Pictured is Jasmine Wilson.

THE return of a popular annual music festival hit the right note with Morpeth Deputy Mayor Mark Horton.

The civic leader from Morpeth Town Council was at the opening of the 100th Wansbeck Music Festival last week.

The first part of the festival, which ran on Thursday to Saturday at St George’s United Reformed Church in Morpeth, included recorder classes and workshops, as well as woodwind competitions.

And the festival will resume next week, with the concluding part taking in a number of venues.

On Thursday, March 29 the action first moves to Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre as school choirs compete from 9.30am and 1pm, and on Thursday evening, Chantry Middle School in Morpeth will present steel bands and a rock band from 5pm.

The following day will see St George’s Church again play host, with strings, including guitars and ceilidh bands, from 9.30am, and advanced piano and vocal classes at 6pm.

On Saturday, March 31 there will be junior piano and vocal classes at the church at 9.30am and 1.15pm.

And on Sunday, April 1, from 9am to 1pm, Newbiggin Sports Centre will host the brass festival.

The closing concert of the event, which will feature some of the prize winners, will take place at St George’s Church at 6.30pm on the Sunday.

Admission to morning or afternoon sessions costs £2 each, or £3 for the day, and tickets for the evening sessions and closing concert cost £3, except for Thursday evening where admission is by donation.