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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Graeme sounds a high note for Abbey appeal

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed classical singers led by North East-born Graeme Danby have announced a major fundraising concert in aid of the Hexham Abbey project appeal.

The concert, entitled Music for a Spring Evening, will take place at the Abbey in March 2012.

The line-up includes Newcastle-born bass baritone Mr Danby (pictured left), sopranos Rita Cullis and Rachel Dyson, mezzo soprano Valerie Reid and tenor Robert Murray, all accompanied by pianist Martin Dack.

The performance will include some of the singers’ favourite songs by a diverse range of composers that includes Mozart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bizet, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Boswell, and Flanders and Swann.

The money raised will help the Abbey achieve its £3 million funding target to pay for the conversion of its medieval former monastery complex into a state-of-the-art heritage and visitor centre.

The Abbey has until March to raise the remaining £170,000 it needs.

Rector of Hexham, Canon Graham Usher, said: “Music for a Spring Evening promises to be a wonderful event and we are enormously grateful to Graeme Danby, not only for agreeing to sing for us, but for bringing a superb group of acclaimed performers with him.

“These improvements will create superb facilities for our visitors, the wider community and the congregation, and we want to thank all the individuals, businesses and charitable foundations which are supporting the appeal.”

The concert is being supported by Patricia J Arnold & Co, Matfen Hall, Creation PR, Orchard House Veterinary Services, Rural Property Services, Nicholson Portnell, David Dixon Garden Machinery Centre and Burncliffe Electrical.

Early bird discounted tickets are available before January 6 from Patricia J Arnold & Co on (01434) 606624 and from Hexham’s Queen’s Hall thereafter.

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