This week Northern Chords festival is helping to celebrate Nurses’ Day 2018 on Saturday 12 May by launching a half-price ticket deal to all nurses, and other NHS heroes, in the North East.

Northern Chords returns to the region later this month with a three day festival between 18 -20 May all taking place in Newcastle. Now all frontline staff in the National Health Service will be eligible for a 50% discount on tickets to the opening gala show of the festival which takes place at Newcastle University on Friday 18 May.

The opening concert at King’s Hall at Newcastle University will feature former BBC Young Musician of the Year, pianist Martin James Bartlett performing with BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Audience Prize Winner, tenor Ben Johnson.

The festival, founded by the local cellist and conductor Jonathan Bloxham, is one of the North East’s most prominent and vibrant chamber music festivals.

“I think the NHS staff do an exceptional job, all year round, and the forthcoming Nurses’ Day, coming just ahead of our festival this year, is an opportunity to think about the amazing work that nurses do and thank them,” said Jonathan Bloxham, founder of Northern Chords Festival.  “The ticket offer is only a small thank you but one, we would like to extend not only to nurses but all frontline NHS staff who work tirelessly to improve the lives of others.

“This festival for me is all about bringing music home and bringing music to new audiences. This is a landmark year for the National Health Service as it turns 70 this year, so the 2018 Northern Chords Festival is a perfect opportunity for us to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and thank the everyday heroes in the NHS and welcome them to a Northern Chords concert.”

Over three days this year’s festival is all about exploring vocal chamber music.

At Newcastle University the programme will feature vocals with a piano, with former BBC Young Musician of the Year, Martin James Bartlett performing with BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Audience Prize Winner tenor Ben Johnson. At The Mining Institute, the programme will feature vocals and the harp; and the final concert will see an early evening performance with Voices of Hope – the northeast choir who took the title of BBC Choir of the Year in 2016.

Festival Performances

Opening Gala – 7.30pm Friday 18 May 2018

  • King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University
  • With Martin James Bartlett piano, Ben Johnson tenor, Jonathan Bloxham cello, Joseph Shiner clarinet, plus the Northern Chords Festival Ensemble
  • Programme includes: Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Warlock, Grainger, Coates

Gloriana  – 7.30pm Saturday 19th May 2018

  • The Mining Institute,  Newcastle
  • With Ben Johnson tenor, Jonathan Bloxham cello, Lucy Wakeford Harp and Voices of Hope and Mark Edwards conductor
  • Programme includes: Britten, Vaughan-Williams and a selection of folk songs

Troubled Times – 6pm Sunday 20th May 2018

  • St James’ and St Basil’s Church, Fenham
  • With Jenny Stafford soprano, Clare Presland mezzo soprano, Ben Johnson tenor, Ben Nelson bass, Northern Chords Festival Orchestra,  Voices of Hope and Jonathan Bloxham conductor
  • Programme includes: Haydn: Missa in Angustiis ‘Nelson’

Northern Chords Festival is supported by The Fidelio Trust, Talent Unlimited and many generous private donors.

Tickets (plus booking fee) are £12, £10 seniors, £5 students, unwaged and under 18s on Friday and Saturday and £15 / £12 concessions / £5 students/ Under 18 Free (plus booking fee) for the Sunday performance.

NHS frontline staff should use the discount code “FIRST” when booking online or present their NHS card at the box office.

To purchase tickets for all events go to the Northern Chords website.

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