Magnetic North East's Grand Launch Concert – with Kathryn Tickell and special guests

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Magnetic North East shines a spotlight on the irrepressible music, heritage and creativity of our region. Join Kathryn Tickell with a host of very special guests to celebrate traditional music, song and dance, new commissions, new perspectives and unexpected collaborations.

Magnetic North East is a new community interest company, borne out of a love for the region: its music, arts, culture, heritage, places and people; its long history of creativity; its strong sense of identity coupled with its adaptability and receptiveness to change. Through its work, Magnetic North East celebrates and promotes the distinctive cultural identity of the North East of England, rooted in the region’s traditions but boldly exploring new opportunities. This concert will be its major launch event.

Guests include: Kingsmen Sword Dancers, Superfolkus, Paul Smith (of Maximo Park), Alistair Anderson, The Baghdaddies, Bonnie Shaw, Charlie Hardwick and the world premiere of Song Of The Tyne, a new song written by award-winning author David Almond.

Kathryn Tickell is widely acclaimed as an exponent of the Northumbrian pipes and a traditional Northumbrian fiddle player. She is a composer, performer, educator and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. Her extraordinary career began with learning tunes from old shepherd friends and family, and evolved to traverse genres from jazz and world music to large-scale orchestral works.

She has released 15 of her own albums to date and has also recorded and performed with The Chieftains, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Jon Lord, Evelyn Glennie, London Sinfonietta, Sting, and many others. In 2009, she received The Queen’s Medal for Music, awarded to those deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to British music. In 2015 she was awarded the OBE and became a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland.

Family Ticket Available

£50 for a family of four (must include at least one adult and one child). Call Ticket office to book.

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