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North East’s Opera Star Performs in his Home County


Oct 13, 2016

The North East’s very own Opera star, Graeme Danby, is set to perform at the Northumbria Music Festival again this year, as it goes on tour for the very first time.  Graeme will perform at the beginning of the tour at Eshott Hall near Morpeth on Saturday 15th of October, with a repertoire consisting of traditional Northumbrian Folk Songs and music combined with his North East philosophy.  For those attending, this performance is a magical music and culinary tour of the North East with the evening commencing with a gourmet, three course dinner.

Graeme’s performance will be a celebration of the musical heritage of the North East.  It will feature songs that highlight our region’s fascinating history.  Renowned for his strong and dramatic bass, and noted for his performances before the crowds at St James’ Park, Consett born Graeme, is a regular performer at the Royal Opera House.  Passionate about the region, Graeme is artistic director of the North East Proms and is an active tutor in the performing arts department at the University of Sunderland.


Speaking in advance of the performance, Graeme said:


“The North East has a fantastically rich musical history that tells the story of the struggles and triumphs of the region, as well as often telling deeply personal stories, sometimes moving, sometimes humorous.  I hope that the audience are inspired to discover more about the region’s wonderful music.”

The Northumbrian Music Festival is now in its sixth year and for the first time is going on tour, bring its eclectic mix of traditional, classical and popular music to audiences across South Scotland, Cumbria and Northumberland. Performances will be hosted at Dalhousie Castle, Ednam House and the Wordsworth Hotel for the first time, alongside previous hosts Eshott Hall and Doxford Hall.


The festival will start at Eshott Hall on October 14th at Eshott Hall with a stunning performance of a Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan, followed by Graeme Danby, Northumbrian Song on 15th October.  The festival will run right through with performances taking place on weekend per month to its culmination at Doxford Hall and the Pirates of Penzance on 11th March 2017.


Tickets for the performance will cost £59 for the performance and include a welcome drink on arrival, gourmet three course lunch with coffee and petit fours.


Further details for the Northumbria Music Festival can be found at www.nmfestival.co.uk or telephone 01668 283100.

By Emily