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Automatronic

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Janina Fialkowska

Welcome to the 64th Hexham Abbey Music Festival

Tickets available now from the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Beaumont Street Hexham NE46 3LS
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 10am–4pm t: 01434 652477 w: www.queenshall.co.uk

Hexham Abbey Festival started in 1953. Since then, it has run annually, providing nine days of concerts and events from the middle of September.

Through those sixty-three years, and in particular the last eleven or so, the Festival has increased its level of activity and has been able to expand the size and scope of its audiences, which now hail from all sectors of the community.

Central to the Festival is Hexham’s glorious medieval Abbey, which acts as the main venue for the events and provides a stunningly conducive environment for the fostering and fulfilment of the Festival’s aims.

Since 2007, the programme has been expanding to include classical music of early to contemporary periods, jazz and world music, improvisation, theatre, poetry, puppets, film and more.

We have combined with other initiatives such as the Hexham Eating Festival and Hexham Street Festival to capitalise on scope, output and involvement with other community groups.

Our 2016 Programme

We are delighted this year to have a line-up of artists who both complement each other and give us a wide showcase of the arts. Framed by classical music, we also explore Balkan folk music, electronics and even a live graffiti event! Our desire to provide interest and engagement for children has again been a major feature of the programming, with a series of workshops in addition to a number of child-friendly concerts and other opportunities.

As ever, we are proud to welcome a fantastic number of local musicians, both professional and amateur, who enrich the Festival. These include the Hexham Abbey Festival Chorus, the Abbey Choirs, young musicians and many others. We are grateful that, once again, Arts Council England has given full endorsement to the plans, making the Festival possible with a generous grant. We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a very memorable Festival.

 

About Us

Hexham Abbey Festival started in 1953. Since then, it has run annually, providing nine days of concerts and events from the middle of September.

Through those sixty-three years, and in particular the last eleven or so, the Festival has increased its level of activity and has been able to expand the size and scope of its audiences, which now hail from all sectors of the community.

  • Started in 1953

    Hexham Abbey Festival first started back in 1953.

  • 9 Day Festival

    The festival runs annually, providing nine days of concerts and events at the end of September.

  • Something for Everyone

    We are delighted this year to have a line-up of artists who complement each other and give us a wide showcase of the arts.

  • Love for Local Talent

    We have combined with other initiatives such as the Hexham Eating Festival and Hexham Street Festival to capitalise on scope, output and involvement with other community groups.

What others say about the Festival

Daryl Jones

Clare McCaldin’s recital was beautifully balanced between varied songs and intriguing and well-researched storytelling.

Daryl JonesCorbridge
Anna Robson

Friendly reception at the Abbey, fantastic setting, acoustics, warmth and comfort – what more can I say!

Anna RobsonYork