Hexham Orpheus Choir has once again pulled off a stellar performance.

Part of the Museum of the Moon exhibition, the concert took place on November 3 at Hexham Abbey.

In partnership with the Chamber Orchestra of the Moon, composed of top musicians from across the region, the choir delivered an display of Puccini's 'Messa di Gloria'.

This early work is full of dramatic flair and captivating melodies, starkly indicative of Puccini's incomparable operatic style.

The choir, along with soloists Chris Foster and Keir McGregor, performed it with striking precision offering fresh, balanced singing.

Hexham Courant: The performance took place at Hexham Abbey

The performance was well received with the audience acknowledging the ever-increasing strength of the choir under accomplished conductor Mark Edwards.

Earning it well deserved recognition as an emergent force in the North East music scene.

The female contingent of the choir sang the closing section of Holst's 'The Planets', performed off stage, whilst the orchestra played a chamber adaptation featuring individual woodwinds, a minimal brass section, strings, piano, and percussion.

Despite the reduced orchestra, none of the grandeur or sensuousness of Holst's composition was lost.

Instead, the arrangement allowed the individual soloists to excel, showcasing their talent amidst the superior acoustics of Hexham Abbey.

The spectators were left in awe experiencing a memorable musical journey, which perfectly complemented the moon's scaled version suspended in the Abbey crossing.