Warming up for a feast of Much Loved classic opera

Much Loved Productions performers who will present A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan at Eshott Hall.
Much Loved Productions performers who will present A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan at Eshott Hall.

PERFORMERS are warming up for the third Northumberland Music Festival.

The popular event returns to the county by popular demand next month when luxury boutique venues Eshott Hall, Guyzance Hall and Doxford Hall will play host to a series of talented artists.

The festival offers a mix of opera, traditional and classic music, with performances across the three properties.

Eshott will be the focus for the return of the cream of the crop Much Loved Productions, as it serves up A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan.

The brilliant staging, wit and tunes of the classic comic opera offering have been a key feature of each of the two previous festivals and it is expected they will be a hit with audiences yet again.

Accompanying the concert is a culinary delight, with tickets including a drink on arrival, gourmet three course dinner, coffee and homemade petit fours. Eshott Head Chef Chris Wood will be using local produce, including some from the hotel’s own Kitchen Garden.

There are also special offers available for those wishing to indulge in an overnight stay at the venue.

Eshott Hall owner Robert Parker, said: “Gilbert and Sullivan has always been one of the highlights of the festival and we are so pleased to have them on the programme for the third year running.

“We very much hope this year will be as successful as the last, with people from all over the UK returning to enjoy it with us.”

The Eshott concert will be staged on Saturday, November 23, but Guyzance and Doxford will boast an array of musical entertainment throughout the month.

The line-up includes star of stage and screen Gary Wilmot and experienced musical director Mike Alexander, who open the festival together in With Compliments, a celebration of British musical theatre.

There is the Legendary Ladies of Jazz by American singer Susan Valliant Speer, and closer to home, the Felling Male Voice Choir will show off its talents.

Heritage Opera will present the festival’s first full length performance of a classical opera, La Boheme by Puccini.

And the popular music of Rogers and Hammerstein will ring out in Some Enchanted Evening, by Much Loved Productions.

An array of opera stars will come together to show the romantic side of the genre in Opera Romance, presented by Mark Langley and featuring singers from Opera North, Covent Garden, English National Opera and Welsh National Opera.

There is also a place in the programme for the ever popular Northumbrian Ranters. The group is made up of talented youngsters, aged ten to 18, from across the county, who promote the tradition and culture of Northumbrian music.

All tickets sold for the festival will support HospiceCare North Northumberland.

Further information about the event, including ticket prices and dates, can be found online at www.northumberlandmusicfestival.com

To buy tickets call 01668 283100.