HEXHAM Abbey Festival will be back next month in a slimmed-down two day edition.

The popular festival of music and arts, which attracts visitors from far and wide, was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic preventing large gatherings of people.

This year there will be two star-studded concerts, the first a candlelight concert on Thursday, September 16 at 7.30pm featuring the Marian Consort, who made their BBC Proms debut this year.

The second, 'From the Baltic to Brescia and back', will feature North East musicians baroque violinist Rachel Stroud, Jacob Garside who plays the viola da gamba, and John Green on the harpsichord.

It will be on Friday, September 17 at 1pm and 4pm.

Tickets for each concert go on sale on Thursday, September 2 at 10am. Prices start at £15.

Tickets can be booked through the Queen's Hall Box Office, by calling 01434 652477 or www.queenshall.co.uk

All events will have socially distanced seating of at least one metre.

Attendees are asked to wear face coverings on entry, exit, and whilst moving around the venue.