IT MAY have been the wettest day on record this year at the Mary Ann Rogers Gallery in West Woodburn, but that didn’t deter local music lovers from enjoying outdoor concerts by acclaimed local musicians.

The performances by Annie Ball and Katie Tertell were part of a rural outdoor tour of Northumberland, organised by the duo to safely bring world-class music to those in rural communities who would have an especially hard time accessing culture due to Covid-19 measures.

The Redesdale and Three Kirks News newsletter praised the event’s success. It said:“The socially-distanced audience was captivated and enchanted by an eclectic, hour-long programme which melded bluegrass from the mountains of Appalachia and folk music.”

“We know how important access to culture is to our community, especially during these challenging times and wanted to bring music to people in a safe and responsible way. said Annie Ball, co-founder of Semibreve Events.

“We truly believe in the power of music, and it was clear that our performances were impactful and made a difference.”

Katie, an international concert cellist originally from America began working with acclaimed pianist and accordion player Annie this Spring. They both reside in the village of Clara Vale and were able to rehearse together outdoors despite the lockdown measures.

The duo enjoyed sell out performances in July and have received support from the Ray Wind Fund.

Their rural tour has also seen them perform in Hexham, Kirkwhelpington, Elsdon, Ridsdale, Stamfordham, Wall and Langley.