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Portraits from the North East - Musicians

Portraits from the North East - Musicians

09 November 2018 - 22 December 2018

Back in 2013, a group of Durham-based photographers formed a collective to celebrate the achievements of the region.  They came up with the original title of Portraits from the North East.  This collective has gone on to produce an annual touring exhibition.  Each exhibition featured a particular aspect of life in the North East.  Last year we focussed upon craftspeople.  This year it is the musicians who live and work in the North East.

The North East is blessed with one of the strongest traditions of live music in the country.  It doesn’t matter what genre you follow there will be someone, somewhere who is providing a live performance.  There is a regular menu of Jazz performed by some of the best jazz musicians around.  If it’s Folk you like, then the region is blessed with some internationally renowned musicians.  We even create our own genres: Pit Pop for instance (as performed at Glastonbury 2017). As for classical, we have the wonderful Royal Northern Symphony.  All this and venues like the SAGE, Ushaw, the GALA in Durham, the Metro Arena and various theatres hosting local and visiting musicians.  We are also fortunate to have a multitude of smaller venues scattered throughout the region, including pubs licensed for live music.  And let us not forget the vibrant choirs of our Cathedrals and Universities.  You would be right in saying we are truly blessed.

Once again, Arts Centre Washington is hosting this year’s exhibition.  Throughout November and into December their wonderful exhibition centre will display the images of those who are The Musicians of the North East.