300 volunteers to join in Great Northumberland Finale Procession
How would you like to be a part of the closing ceremony of Great Northumberland?
Great Northumberland - a summer of free events will come to a resounding close with a finale event in Berwick-Upon-Tweed on 1 September, and people from across the county are being invited to join in the celebrations.
There will be a celebratory procession through the streets of the historic border town, accompanied by singers, dancers and the Dun Pipe Band.
Community groups, families and individuals are all being invited to be part of the procession to show their support and love for the county.
The parade will set off from Scotsgate at 4pm and make its way down Marygate, before a community choir gathers in front of the town’s beautiful Georgian Guildhall to sing a rousing selection of well-loved Berwick and Northumbrian songs - concluding with a specially commissioned celebratory fanfare on the newly restored ceremonial Fanfare Trumpets of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers.
To be part of the procession you need to register and all participants will also receive a complimentary Cream Tea at The Maltings.
Following the procession, there is also a FREE evening concert at The Maltings which will see the first public performance of The Great Song of the North. This suite of music was specially commissioned for Great Northumberland and will be performed by the community choir and Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland (McOpera), formed of players from The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. Composed by Dominque Le Gendre, and with vocals from local mezzo-soprano, Tamsin Davidson, The Great Song of the North was inspired by the county.
As well as The Great Song of the North, the audience will be treated to contemporary settings of much-loved Northumbrian songs, including Bonny at Morn, Whittingham Fair and Blow the Wind Southerly. The concert will also celebrate the Northumbrian Pipes and will feature the wonderful melodies of The Mayor of Berwick’s official piper, Alice Robinson.