AN impressive line-up of international acts will take to the stage at this year’s Hexham Abbey Festival.

Returning for its 67th year, beginning today and running until Sunday, the festival has gained quite a reputation for its repertoire of traditional choral music.

This year looks set to be no exception, with acclaimed singing ensemble The Ebor Singers set to be the stars of this year’s Abbey Candlelight Concert taking place on Friday evening.

Returning for another year will be the annual performance from the Festival Chorus, this time treating audiences to a selection of classic works from composer Johannes Brahms, which the group promises will enthral Brahms fans and newcomers alike.

Young Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas will also take on the work of some of the world’s most well-known composers.

But it’s not just international stars who will be taking to the stage, however.

Primary school children from Greenhead, Henshaw, Allendale and Newbrough will join together for the new West Northumberland Primary Schools Music Project today.

The project is led by musical educationalists Sarah Atter, Emma Cunliffe with Keith Dale, and is being funded by the Northumberland Cultural Fund.

Bringing the musical side of the festival to a close with an evening of relaxing contemporary jazz on Sunday will be composer and pianist Nikki Iles, who will be accompanied by tenor saxophonist Karen Sharp.

Festival tickets are available from the Queen’s Hall box office.