Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Review

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Review

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Byline: Charles Bowden

Hidden Hexham, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham THIS was the most wonderful evening of traditional music, featuring the Hexham Village Band, the Jazz Jammers trio and a harmony group called Encore.

Each initially performed music of their own choice.

The highlight, however, was when the musicians - all amateurs - came together for the first performance of a new work by Alistair Anderson, who also acted as their conductor.

It was commissioned by Hexham-based community interest company Core Music, with funding from the BBC Performing Arts Fund.

Entitled Hidden Hexham, the 30-minute composition used the evocatively named streets of Hexham, such as Windmilll Hill, Gilesgate, Priestpopple and Battle Hill, as inspiration, each street being given its own theme.

The music moved seamlessly from toe-tapping jigs and hornpipes to slow, mournful airs that had the audience murmuring their appreciation.

It was a beautiful and moving work by one of the region's best-known musicians, with Alistair drawing an enthusiastic response from the 40-odd musicians. …

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