Parade and show to end a great summer celebration

The final celebration of the summer's Great Northumberland Festival will take place in Berwick.

Friday, 24th August 2018, 11:12 am
Scottish Opera Music Director Stuart Stratford and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera Current Production L'amico Fritz

The Maltings is working closely with Northumberland County Council to host the finale, with a parade, music and cream tea.

There will be a community procession through the town centre on Saturday, September 1, with a host of colourful banners, followed by a celebratory classical concert at The Maltings.

Everyone is welcome to join the festival procession, along with singers and the Duns Pipe Band.

The parade will set off from Scotsgate at 4pm, making its way along Marygate to the beautiful Georgian Guildhall, where a community choir will gather to sing a rousing selection of well-loved Northumbrian songs, concluding with a specially commissioned fanfare on the newly restored ceremonial Fanfare Trumpets of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers.

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It will be followed by a free gala cream tea for all participants in The Maltings.

It will be a free event, but participants do need to register their interest on The Maltings website so that numbers can be managed safely. Full details of where to meet will be provided directly to everyone who registers.

After a civic reception with the Mayor of Berwick, The Maltings has programmed a classical concert celebrating the county. 

The first half, with choir and soloists accompanied by members of the orchestra of Scottish Opera, features a newly commissioned song suite, The Great Song of the North, by Dominique Legendre, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and contemporary settings of much-loved Northumbrian songs, performed by Berwick Festival Opera favourites Tamsin Davidson and Austin Gunn. 

The second half celebrates the Northumbrian Pipes in collaboration with Magnetic North East and features Alice Robinson, official Northumbrian Piper to the Mayor of Berwick.  

The concert starts at 5.30pm. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance, from or 01289 330999.