LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR FREE RIVERSIDE CONCERTS
Tyne Rivers Trust has announced the details of a series of riverside concerts from local choir, North Tyne Voices. The river-inspired performances take place at three locations along the course of the North Tyne River as part of the environmental charity’s, Native North Tyne project.
The short performances by the Humshaugh based choir will take place outside on Tuesday 14 June 2022 and are free for the public to attend. Each performance will last approximately 25 minutes. The tour starts at Tower Knowe Visitor Centre at Kielder at 11am, followed by the Riverdale Hall Hotel at 1.30pm and ending at the George Hotel, Chollerford at 3pm.
The Native North Tyne project was awarded £153,380 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in order to help people to discover the local landscape, as well as the unique and endangered species that are only found in this part of the Tyne Catchment.
The project has been working with North Tyne Voices choir to celebrate what is interesting and unique about this stretch of the river.
Liz Walters, project manager at Tyne Rivers Trust says: “We’ve been working with North Tyne Voices to celebrate the river in a fun and creative way and we hope that people will come along and join in the celebration.”.
Nick Hayward from North Tyne Voices says: “When you cross and re-cross a river, often several times a day, that river is pretty fundamental to your sense of the environment in which you live. We are delighted to contribute to the Native North Tyne project with our tour ‘to sing the source and course’ of the river from Kielder down to Humshaugh and to celebrate a feature of our landscape that has long inspired artists, poets, musicians, story-tellers, song-writers – and, yes, the singers of those songs, like North Tyne Voices.”
The Trust is looking for other community groups based near to the River North Tyne to take part in the project. Liz continues: “We’d love more groups to come forward to celebrate the river doing what you do best. Whether you are a choir, a theatre group or a craft group, we’d like you to use your talents to explore the natural heritage of this valley.”
David Renwick, Director, England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said of the award: Landscapes and nature form the bedrock of our culture and heritage, improving wellbeing, sparking curiosity, and protecting and providing for the community’s surrounding and inhabiting them. National Lottery players have highlighted natural heritage as especially important, which is why we are proud to support Tyne Rivers Trust in highlighting the value of nature to all our daily lives through the Native North Tyne project.”
The project will also run bi-weekly volunteer conservation tasks to improve the River North Tyne. These aim to help people enjoy the outdoors and make a difference to habitat in their local river.