THE founders of Corbridge Chamber Music Festival have pulled out all the stops this year.

2019 marks the 21st anniversary of the festival – something Robert Plane and his wife Lucy Gould never thought would happen.

The much-loved event has grown from just two concerts in 1999 to a two-day event featuring a grand total of nine different concerts.

Robert said: “The first festival in 1999 was just two concerts and the performers did everything, from selling tickets at the door to serving drinks in the interval.

“But each year our audiences grew and our passion for programming an event – a tremendous privilege – has grown with it.”

Over the weekend beginning Friday, July 26, in a programme entitled ‘To the New World’, there will be music by Dvorak, Brahms, Mahler and Ives, among others, spread across nine concerts.

The festival’s composer-in-residence John Casken will be performing some of his own music, while this year’s late night concert, on Saturday, will feature fiddler Donald Grant in what will be the festival’s first foray into folk music.

The festival had a real family feel, something fostered by the Saturday morning concert which was always accessible for all age groups.

This year, in a concert called Musical Magic Carpets, author and illustrator James Mayhew will take the audience on an exotic journey to far-flung lands on the big screen, to the accompaniment of music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov and Debussy.

Corbridge Chamber Music Festival takes place at St Andrew’s Church in Corbridge Market Place.

Tickets are available online at www.queenshall.co.uk