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Automatronic

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Red Priest

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Janina Fialkowska

Welcome to the 64th Hexham Abbey Music Festival

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 2017 Programme

This year’s Festival will have a French theme.

It will begin on Thursday September 21 with an organ recital. At lunchtime on the Friday guitarist Matthew McAllister will play, and that evening the Newcastle based choir Voices of Hope will appear.

Saturday evening will see the Festival Chorus perform a number of French works, including Fauré’s Requiem.  Later that evening Nikki Iles and Stan Stulzmann will be playing jazz. Finally, on Sunday, Martin Hughes and David Murray will play a lunchtime concert.

There will also be community events, and details will be appearing soon.

 

About Us

Hexham Abbey Festival started in 1953. Since then, it has run annually, providing 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.

  • 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