A visit to the north east from a German Orchestra, last month, has resulted in a windfall to the tune of £1300 for a church in Durham City.Over 50 young people from the Buxtehude Youth Symphony Orchestra shared the stage at St Joseph’s Church, Gilesgate Durham with 50 of their counterparts from Durham County Youth orchestra in a joint concert which through ticket sales raised over £1300.
The concert completed a week-long tour, organised by Northern Secrets, which took them to The Alnwick Garden, where they played a lunchtime concert in the gardens, rehearsals at Sage Gateshead as well as taking in the magnificent sites in the region with trips to Alnwick, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland Coast, Durham City and the North Pennines.
Northern Secrets managing director, Alex Jacobs said: “It is great news that the Orchestra’s visit to North East England has resulted in a fantastic amount of money being raised. I really enjoyed hosting this musical visit to the region. The musical life of North-East England is incredibly rich and varied. The German Orchestra are excellent and had a great response wherever they played – it was standing room only at St Joseph’s Church and the audience gave them a well-deserved standing ovation at the end of the concert.”
“We are hoping to spread the word and welcome many more musical groups to North East England in the future, not just for music but also as tourists. We are finding that international visitors with a passion for music want to visit the area but are also very interested in seeing what else the region has to offer, which can only be beneficial to all tourism businesses. There is a real appetite for visiting this amazing region.”