We’ll be celebrating the leap day on Saturday 29 February by saying “Farewell to Winter”. A series of musical performances across the town will mark the culmination of a series of workshops which have been free to all those taking part.
Following on from the success of our summer events programme, Core Music once again secured funding from the Northumberland Cultural Fund to provide free winter workshops and events, allowing access to music-making facilitated by professional musicians who are experts in their fields. Most of the workshops took place last week, during the schools’ half-term break, so Saturday’s performances represent something of a grand finale.
The “Farewell to Winter” will kick off with Beccy Owen’s Pop-Up Choir (Queen’s Hall, workshop 10–12, including performance just before noon), followed by the Hexjam street band on the bandstand at noon, performing “Lupercalia”, a new composition by Paul Susans. Events will then move to the café at Forum Cinema with a short set of songs from Hexham Junior Bluegrass at 1 pm, then a group of young singers will “Sing into Spring” at 2 pm, maybe including some surprise solo performances! All of the performances are free to attend.
Throughout the day (10 am to 4 pm), there will also be a soundscape installation in Hexham Abbey. Titled “Imbolc – Early Stirrings”, this specially commissioned work by Julie Bartley is inspired by the breath of a person in deep slumber gradually awakening.
“We know that winter can feel so dark and dreary,” says our founder and managing director Mike Coleman, “so when we were designing our winter events programme it felt vital to include a hopeful, forward-looking element. That’s why we’re really using the opportunity to bid farewell to winter and embrace the coming spring. Of course, it’s ironic that we’re in the wintriest bit of the year so far, but it’s spring in our hearts!”
11.30 am – Beccy Owen’s Pop-Up Choir
Performing somewhere near Queen’s Hall – weather permitting!
12.00 pm – Hexjam Street Band
Performing on the Bandstand – weather permitting!
1.00 pm – Junior Bluegrass
Performing at the Forum cinema cafe with Chris Kelly
2.00 pm – Sing into Spring
Performing at the Forum cinema cafe
Plus approx. 10.00 am – 2.00 pm there will be a “Farewell to Winter” soundscape installation by Julie Bartley in Hexham Abbey
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