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Face the music with 40% accommodation discount

2nd September 2011 Print
Doxford Hall Hotel

Two of Northumberland's finest hotels, Eshott Hall and Doxford Hall, are offering music lovers the chance to face the music and enjoy 40% off their accommodation rates. During the inaugural Northumberland Music Festival (,  taking place at the hotels between 28th October to the 6th November, Bed and a Northumberland Breakfast is priced at only £60  per person. The festival programme includes over fifteen concerts incorporating Opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, Classical and Traditional music.

Mr Robert Parker, who owns the Halls, has a passion for both music and Northumberland, and the Festival is his way of bringing both together.

Both of these hotels are magnificent Georgian mansions, independently owned and operated and both have AA Rosette Restaurants.  The four star Doxford Hall Hotel ( located near Alnwick in Northumberland, has thirty guest bedrooms, a restaurant, extensive spa and leisure facilities and is set in over ten acres of gardens. With eleven bedrooms, Eshott Hall ( near Morpeth is a luxury boutique property and Pride of Britain Hotel.

Highlights of the Northumberland Music Festival include Opera concerts presented by Robin Newton, Head of Music at the renowned Garsington Opera, a piano concert by international pianist Murray McLachlan and his star pupils from Chetham's school in Manchester, Strings from the Kingsmead String Quartet, Brass from the Durham Miners' Association Brass Band and the Polyphonic Brass Quintet and Traditional from Northumbrian Pipes and Fiddle and the Northumberland Ranters.

The Offer, which is for two people sharing a twin or double room, includes a hearty Northumbrian Breakfast. It is subject to availability and must be booked in advance.

The Highlight Gala Opera Concert opens the Festival and features some of the country's top opera singers. This includes soprano Samantha Crawford,  who regularly performs on BBC Radio 3 and has appeared on BBC's Last Night of the Proms, the Children in Need Concert and Songs of Praise. The Gilbert and Sullivan programme, which finishes the festival, features ex stars from the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, including mezzo soprano Pauline Birchall and tenor Stephen Brown. The musicians in the classical concerts in between have never played in Northumberland, so this represents a unique opportunity to experience and enjoy their repertoire. The Northumbrian players, on the other hand, come with a solid local following. All are looking forward to the chance to play in the unique settings of the Halls and their ballrooms.

For full details about the Northumberland Music Festival and for reservations, visit

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Doxford Hall Hotel