Music festival boasts an operatic first

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The programme for this year’s Northumberland Music Festival is out and includes the event’s first full classical opera- Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’.

The fully staged and costumed production will be presented at Doxford Hall on Friday, November 15, by Heritage Opera, North West England’s own professional touring opera production company.

The festival opens a week earlier at the same venue on Friday, November 8 with another programme highlight- ‘With Compliments’, a whistlestop tour of British musical theatre with West End legends Gary Wilmot and Mike Alexander as your guides.

Any fans of musicals may also wish to pay a visit to Doxford two days later on Sunday, November 10 when Much Loved Productions make their first appearance at the festival with ‘Some Enchanted Evening’. The show delves into the archives to deliver songs from classic Rogers & Hammerstein musicals such as ‘The KIng & I’, ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘South Pacific’.

Other highlights in the two weeks long festival repertoire include a performance from the well travelled Felling Male Voice Choir at Guyzance Hall on Saturday, November 9; Susan Valliant Speer and her ‘Legendary Ladies of Jazz’ at Guyzance on Saturday, November 16 and ‘A Feast of Gilbert & Sullivan’, at Eshott Hall; on Saturday, November 23 and Doxford Hall the following day.

Artistic Director of Much Loved Productions and this year’s Festival Director Jeremy is confident the event has a strong lineup with something to tickle all musical fancies.

Details of the Festival programme are available on the website,- www.nmusicfestival.com