Celebrating Great Northumberland 2018 with The Great Song of the North

Celebrate all that is great about our County with this magical finale of Great Northumberland 2018! We don’t know about you, but we’ve had a blast this summer – and what better way to wrap up proceedings than with some of Berwick and Northumberland’s most-loved songs?

Join us on Saturday 1 September in Northumberland’s northernmost town, Berwick-upon-Tweed: from 4pm, assemble along Marygate in the centre of Berwick alongside 300 people for a festival procession. Then, witness the community choir as they gather in front of the town’s beautiful Georgian Guildhall to sing a rousing selection of well-loved Berwick and Northumbrian songs.


The festival procession will conclude with a specially-commissioned celebratory fanfare, making good use of the newly-restored ceremonial Fanfare Trumpets of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KSOB). KSOB are back after 25 years in exile; their special performance is one not to be missed!

Indulge in a gala tea at The Maltings, before taking your seats at our formal concert from 5:30pm. The concert promises to be a musical ode to Northumberland: the community choir and members of The Orchestra of Scottish Opera will perform the newly-commissioned song suite, The Great Song of the North. Composed by Dominique Le Gendre, and with vocals from local mezzo-soprano, Tamsin Davidson, The Great Song of the Northwill be a real treat for the ears. 

As well as The Great Song of the North, audience members will be treated to contemporary settings of much-loved Northumbrian songs, including Bonny at Morn, Whittingham Fair and Blow the Wind Southerly. The second half of the programme will celebrate the Northumbrian pipes and will feature the wonderful melodies of The Mayor of Berwick’s official piper, Alice Robinson.


The Great Northumberland 2018 finale will take place on Saturday 1 September from approximately 4pm through to 6:30pm. The festival procession will begin at around 4pm and the formal seated concert will take place at 5:30pm. Please do note that the finale is a ticketed event – be sure to book your place in the procession and/or the concert via The Maltings Box Office.


The festival procession will take place along Marygate in the centre of Berwick and will be followed by a community choir performance ourside the Georgian Guildhall.

The formal seated concert will take place at the following venue:

The Maltings, Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1AJ

Book Your Tickets Now

Tickets can be booked via The Maltings Box Office, the details of which are below.

Website: https://www.maltingsberwick.co.uk/events/music/4689

Email: boxoffice@maltingsberwick.co.uk

Telephone: 01289 330 999