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Music like it used to be!

EARLY music quartet Concert Royal has been awarded pounds 50,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to revive, record and promote the rich but neglected heritage of vocal music from the North East of England.

Founded in Newcastle in 1974 by Peter Harrison and John Treherne, Concert Royal has toured in Europe, the USA and for the British Council in South America and has given concerts in every corner of the UK. Performing on historic instruments, Concert Royal recreates the musical sound worlds of bygone times.

The new recording is produced by North-allerton-based company Divine Art and favourite Tyneside songs The Keel Row, Bobby Shaftoe, Water of Tyne and Blow the Wind Southerly are contrasted with less-known pieces such as the Grace Darling Song, which tells the story of the heroic rescue in 1837. Newcastle-born soprano Margarette Ashton is accompanied on historic instruments, recapturing the sound world of the Victorian parlour. Violincello and boxwood flute date from the end of the 18th Century and the 'square' pianoforte was manufactured by Broadwood in 1830.

Concert Royal's musicians will be in residence at the Shipley Art Gallery on Saturday, February 7, from 11am to 4pm. Visitors will be able to sing along and chat with the musicians about their music and unique instruments. Many of the songs reflect the importance of seafaring activity to the region's economy in Victorian times, and there will be an exhibition of paintings from the Shipley collection depicting 19th Century maritime scenes. On February 8, at 2pm in Shipley Art Gallery, there will be Blow the Wind Southerly, a concert performance and the release of the new recording of Tyneside's Favourite Songs. Tickets pounds 10 & pounds 8 (concessions) from the gallery (0191 477 1495).
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2009
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