Announcing Hexham Gathering 2016!
The Hexham Gathering, a partnership between Folkworks / Sage Gateshead and Queen’s Hall Arts, is a unique annual festival featuring hundreds of young people performing traditional music, song and dance in Hexham and the surrounding area.
To celebrate the 150 Anniversary of Queen’s Hall and Beaumont Street there will be a rare performance of Alistair Anderson’s suite, Hidden Hexham, commissioned by Hexham’s Core Music and partly funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund. It uses tunes in traditional styles to create an intense, rich musical tapestry inspired by the town.
Concerts take place in venues across the Tyne valley – including Stocksfield, Horsley, Tarset and Allendale as well as in Hexham itself.
Those appearing include The Rachel Hamer Band, Talisk, King Cole, Chris Meredith and the Watchtone, Rant, Hidden Hexham performed by Alistair Anderson and QEHS students, 4th Generation, Cream Tees, and Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege and the Cajun Country Revival plus many youth performers from around the region.
The Saturday sees Hexham town centre come alive with performances throughout the town, plus ceilidhs at the bandstand and at Wentworth Leisure Centre – and the festival concert at Queen’s Hall – which will feature the four stunning fiddle players known as Rant, alongside Alistair Anderson and the students of Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham.
The Hexham Gathering takes place from Thursday 19 May until Sunday 22 May. All tickets can be booked through Queen’s Hall Arts, Hexham on 01434 652477 or online at www.queenshall.co.uk
More details at www.hexhamgathering.co.uk.
Queen’s Hall Arts
- Queen’s Hall Arts (QHA) is the company that manages the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre venue within the Queen’s Hall, Hexham.
- The Queen’s Hall building is a magnificent early Victorian building which faces Hexham Abbey (dating from 647AD). From its christening as an arts centre in 1983 until the hand over to the charitable organisation, Queens Hall Arts, in 2001 the building was under local authority control.
- Queen’s Hall Arts Centre boasts a 350-seat theatre and two galleries managed by Queen’s Hall Arts. Queen’s Hall has established itself as a strong base for an extensive range of artistic activity, attracting the best international and national artists from music, drama, dance and national touring comedy to non professional shows put on by local community groups.
- In addition to activity in the building, QHA delivers an extensive outreach programme bringing workshops and performances to communities throughout Northumberland.
- The Queen’s Hall is also home to the Little Angel Café, Hexham Library and the Hexham Book Festival.
- QHA receives regular financial support from Northumberland County Council and Arts Council England.