October 8, 2008

Musicians’ Czech Mates

MUSICIANS from Northumberland and the Czech Republic will join forces at a special traditional music concert in Morpeth later this month.

Czechs and Plaids - to be held in the St James Centre, Wellway, at 7.30pm on Friday, October 17 - has been organised by the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering Committee and the town's Chantry Bagpipe Museum.

Czech musicians Filip Huml, who sings, dances and plays bagpipes, and Marek Holy, a fiddler and singer, will be joined by Northumbrian piping group Robson's Choice and Whitley Bay piper and composer Neil Smith.

Robson's Choice, who regularly raise money for St Oswald's Hospice, were featured earlier this year on BBC TV's Songs of Praise when it was filmed at the annual Morpeth Gathering.

Filip and Marek will perform traditional folk songs, especially from the southern part of the Czech Republic, and will be dressed in typical traditional Czech costumes.

Earlier in the day they will give demonstrations at local schools.

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