Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Awards Are Launched to Find Talent in Classical Music from North East

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Awards Are Launched to Find Talent in Classical Music from North East

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Byline: David Whetstone

THE Northumberland Music Festival is launching an new series of awards, aimed at discovering and promoting the classical - and otherwise - musical talents of the North East.

Timed to coincide with the climax of the festival, which takes place at Doxford, Eshott and Guyzance Halls during weekends from November 14 to 30, the awards will be held on November 29 at Eshott Hall, Morpeth, with the winners and runnersup from two of the four categories being invited to attend a masterclass with celebrated operatic bass Graeme Danby the following day.

Graeme leads the cast of the festival, which promises an eclectic entertainment menu featuring classical, opera, traditional and revue offerings, as well as gourmet dinners at all three fine houses.

Rossini's The Barber of Seville from Heritage Opera, a performance from the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the return of the Northumberland Ranters, who have become the festival's resident musicmakers since it began in 2010, are among the many treats on offer.

But back to the awards. The first in their type in the Northumberland area, they have been split into four categories in order to encourage interest from all ages.

Covering instrumental music and singing styles from own choice to opera, the awards are being held as part of the fourth Annual Northumberland Music Festival, and the entry period for all four classes is now open.

The young person's class is aimed at any young singer between the ages of eight and 15. The class calls for any choice of song, as long as it's no longer than three minutes.

The open instrumental class is open to anyone over eight performing for three minutes on the instrument of their choice.

The opera class moves into more serious ground, and is open to anyone over 16. …

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