Stars of classical music set to shine

Graeme Danby
Graeme Danby

Budding classical music stars will have the chance to shine in a new Northumberland competition.

The fourth annual Northumberland Music Festival will be held in November at country hotels Eshott Hall, Doxford Hall and Guyzance Hall.

And new for this year are the festival awards, with four categories aimed at discovering and promoting the region’s musical talents.

The Young Person’s Class is for singers aged eight to 15, who can perform a song of their choice of no longer than three minutes, while the Open Instrumental Class is for anyone over the age of eight to perform a piece for three minutes.

The Opera Class is for the over 16s, with competitors having to perform an operatic aria of no more than six minutes, and the Open Song Class is for over 16s, excluding opera. The winners of the two latter categories will be invited to a master class with singer Graeme Danby.

The competition, which is sponsored by the Tyneside Piano Company, takes place in the Ballroom of Eshott Hall on Saturday, November 29, and will be judged by National Music Festivals Adjudicator Gordon Pearce. Entry is free.

Festival founder Robert Parker, who owns the hotels, said: “We are delighted to announce the arrival of the awards this year to complete the Northumberland Music Festival.

“We know there is so much musical talent in the area and we really want to give people a chance to shine.”

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