Get the Abbey habit
The Hexham Abbey Festival returns in September with a line-up that is all kinds of thrilling.
And one of the highlights of this year’s programme is sure to be KOTTOS (pictured). This Danish group’s unusual mix of instruments creates a unique blend of avant-garde and Nordic folk music flavoured with Mediterranean colour and sounds from the Celtic regions. Elsewhere look out for The Turbans, making their Hexham debut. This internationally acclaimed British band bind together music from ‘manywhere’, creating a rich mixture of sounds and styles from the Balkans to the Middle East and from flamenco to North Africa. I’m also liking the look of Emilia Jaques, the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, and a singing sensation originally from Tyndale. There will be late night jazz with Nikki Iles, Karen Sharp and Friends, and this year’s Candlelight Concert will be performed by The Ebor Singers, projecting a modern voice onto a wide ranging repertoire from the Renaissance through to contemporary commissioned works. I’m just touching on some of my personal highlights this year. Check the website, below, for the full lowdown.The Hexham Abbey Festival, Thursday 19-Sunday 22 September, Hexham Abbey and Queen’s Hall Arts Centre. hexhamabbeyfestival.org.uk