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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Events diary

ENJOY a double bill of music with Daniel and Emma, and Methera, at Riding Mill Parish Hall.

Daniel Reid, on soprano and baritone saxophones, and Emma Reid on fiddle and viola, play beautifully lyrical folk music mostly from the pens of contemporary Swedish composers. The music of France and Britain also feature, as well as compositions by Daniel and Emma.

Methera is a unique ensemble – a string quartet with roots firmly planted in English traditional music. Its national tours, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and collaborations have helped the ensemble establish a reputation as a scintillating live act, blazing a trail through the uncharted territory that lies between folk and chamber music.

THEATRE Sans Frontieres and Northern Sage co-present Lorca: Amor en el Jardin (Love in the Garden), a luscious evening of performance, poetry and music inspired by Spain’s greatest writer of the 20th century, Federcio Garcia Lorca. At the Queen’s Hall, Hexham.

TAKE a “behind closed doors” staff-led tour of Belsay Hall, an architectural masterpiece inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, complete with its fabulous pillar hall, cellar and servants’ quarters, from 11am until 12.30pm and 2pm until 3.30pm.

DARE to seek out a ghostly encounter during a ghost walk through the historic rooms and corridors of Kielder Castle. For over 16-year-olds. From 8pm.

BE an engineer for the day and see if you can make the longest, tallest or strongest bridge, during a bridge building challenge, at Wallington Hall, Cambo. There’ll be prizes for the best bridges and wackiest designs! Also Sunday, November 13.

ACCLAIMED singer-songwriter Lester Simpson will mark the 94th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele during Armistice weekend, with a performance of Standing in Line, at Langley Village Hall, Langley. For more information contact Jane Brown on (01434) 684084.

ACOMB Local History Society will hear a talk by Jeff Hughes, on Wallington and the Trevelyans, at Acomb Methodist Church.

THE Exchange Cafe and Foyer will sizzle to the jazzy rhythms of the Swing Cafe, at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham.

DISCOVER the surprising industrial archaeology hidden across the Wallington estate, from mines, lime kilns and mills to quarries, leats and railway lines, in From the Bob Gin Pitt to Jocky’s Knowe. Tour will be led by archaeologist Harry Beamish. At Wallington Hall, Cambo.

THE Tynedale Accordion Club presents Ray Carse, from Armadale, at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Hexham.

THE Queen’s Hall Theatre Club presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham. Shakespeare may be turning in his grave, but the show that’s become a cult classic and London’s longest running comedy, contains all 37 plays in just 97 minutes. Until Saturday, November 19.

OBSERVE one of the most prolific meteor showers, the Leonids, as they produce up to 100 meteors per hour at their peak, and find out what are they, and why can we see them. At Kielder Observatory, Kielder. Also Friday, November 18.

VIEW prints by the extraordinary 19th century wood engraver and ornithologist Thomas Bewick and contemporary responses to his work by artists Graham Gussin, Lutz and Guggisberg, and Bedwyr Williams, during Good Times, Bad Times, All Times Get Over, at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham. Curated by Johnathan Watkins, director of the IKON Gallery, Birmingham, this exhibition is presented as part of the International Print Biennale which showcases the best in new British and international printmaking.

VIEW the work of photographer John Erwin and his preference for images which are minimalist and have calming blues as their basis in Elements in Blue. At the Queen’s Hall, Hexham.