Blyth: Hodsock opens up for Proms at the Priory

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International musicians and renowned opera singers will feature at an outdoor proms event in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

The Proms at the Priory one day music festival will be held at Hodsock Priory in Blyth, and will give the public a rare glimpse behind the gates of the historic country house.

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Paulette Edwards will act as compere at the proms, which will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 8th September.

Gates will open at 1.15pm to allow time for picnics, with the concert getting underway at 3pm and running into the early evening.

The line-up includes world-famous tenor John Hudson, international soprano Deborah Norman, Harworth Brass Band, the award winning Elizabethan Academy Choir and Kaminari UK, a Japanese drumming ensemble.

General manager of Hodsock Priory and ninth generation resident, George Buchanan, said the first collaboration with the charity would be a special occasion.

He added: “Hodsock is a historic family home that dates back to 1485. It is rarely open to the public, so the Proms at the Priory event will give people a chance to see what’s behind closed doors while enjoying a dazzling array of music.”

Tina Harrison, acting deputy director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “We are very excited to be staging this afternoon of light, popular and classical music in such a renowned setting.”

“We want people to come with their chairs, rugs, picnics and sit back and enjoy the wonderful music and setting.”

“Funds raised will go towards our Do Your Bit Campaign, which aims to raise £1.3 million to fund a brand new, state-of-the-art Cancer Research and Treatment Suite at Weston Park Hospital.”

Tickets cost £15 each (£13 concessions), or £20 on the door subject to availability. Under 12s go free.

For details of ticket outlets visit www.promsatthepriory.org.uk or call Hodsock Priory on 01909 591 204.