Hotel comes to the rescue for group's tenth birthday concert

A north Northumberland hotel and spa has come to the rescue of one of Northumberland's youngest, most highly acclaimed groups to help them mark their 10th anniversary.

Friday, 17th June 2016, 12:29 pm
Richard Johnstone of Northumbrian ranters and Sophie Coulthard of Doxford Hall

Richard Johnstone, Musical Director of The Northumbrian Ranters was given the devastating news that this milestone concert, arranged to take place on Saturday, June 25, at the Northumberland Hall in Alnwick, would not be able to go ahead due to necessary building work.

This was scheduled to be a major event with former band members travelling the length and breadth of the country to play alongside the current members.

On hearing of their dilemma, and with the concert nearly having to be cancelled, Doxford Hall has come to the rescue, offering to host this event in at cost price.

With 60 musicians expected on stage, the Ranters can now mark their 10th anniversary with a concert, which will undoubtedly be a highlight of the year for the performers, their friends, family and guests.

Mark Booth, general manager of Doxford Hotel and Spa, said: “We are delighted to be able to step in and help The Ranters in their hour of need. They are tremendous group of young musicians and we are absolutely privileged to have the opportunity to welcome them back to Doxford Hall.

“Their concerts are always hugely popular at our annual festival, The Northumberland Music Festival, and I’m sure that their 10th anniversary reunion celebrations will be a highlight for everyone.”

The performance, which will take place on the same date, is to be a representation of ten years of both past and present players who have played and toured with the band. The concert and family ceilidh are open to everyone with donations being taken at the door.

The concert will take place between 6pm and 7.30pm, followed by the family ceilidh at 7.30pm with the night finishing at 10pm.