The decision to tour the 6th Northumbrian Music Festival is the latest innovation introduced to the unique event in this its 6th Year. Organised by The Robert Parker Collection of Hotels, owned by Mr Robert Parker and his wife, Gina, the concerts have become an established part of the musical scene in North Northumberland. The expansion of the hotel group was seen by Mr Parker as an opportunity, and the events will now be held in each of the 5 hotels in the group.

The Hotels are Dalhousie Castle Hotel, situated just outside Edinburgh, Ednam House at Kelso, and the Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere. These will now feature on the tour dates, along with existing venues, Doxford Hall and Eshott Hall.

Dates for the tour commence on 14th October, at Eshott Hall near Morpeth, and end at Doxford Hall, near Alnwick, on 11th March, making the Festival’s beginning and end appropriately in Northumberland itself.

Details of the dates and concerts are to be found on the Festivals’ website at www.nmfestival.co.uk.

The two stars of the tour are Heritage Opera and the Northumbrian Ranters. Heritage will be bringing productions of The Magic Flute[Mozart], Rigolleto [Verdi] and The Pirates of Penzance [Gilbert and Sullivan]. Presenting fully staged chamber productions, Heritage has been delighting Festival goers for 3 years.  The Ranters, featuring young musicians from throughout Northumberland, have been at every Festival, and continue to draw full houses whenever they appear.

The programme also includes highly successful operatic galas, and this year, for the first time, sacred music and an organ recital – thanks to the Church at Grasmere – who’s other claim to fame is the burial place of Wordsworth.

The Halls and Castles of the Group are perfect backdrops to musical performance – with large spaces that were designed from the outset for large social events. Most also provide a dramatic backdrop for the classical music that is often contemporary with their architecture.

Commenting on the Festival at its launch, Mr Parker said:

‘We are delighted that the Northumbrian Music Festival goes on tour for the first time. The music and the food that accompanies it combine to make a hugely memorable event for all who attend.”

With prices at £69 for the performance and a three course meal, the Festival offers the perfect winters evening of entertainment, fine food and culture.