Concert at hall to mark anniversary

An historic hall in south east Northumberland is set to be filled with the sound of music during a summer evening concert this month.

The event at Seaton Delaval Hall is being held tomorrow (Friday) to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of the last Delaval to own the building.

Sir Edward Hussey Delaval, the younger brother of the notorious Sir Francis Blake Delaval, died on August 14, 1814, and with his death Seaton Delaval passed into the hands of his nephew, Jacob Astley.

House and collections manager at Seaton Delaval Hall, Julie Hawthorn, said: “Both men were interested in the science behind the sounds that were produced by playing the musical glasses.

“To commemorate the 200th anniversary of his death and his fascination with this form of instrument we are holding a musical evening at the Hall when the glasses will be played once more.”

And playing them will be Brendan Murphy and ‘Glassonic’, a quartet of instruments including wine glasses, glass gongs, glass drums, glass bells and a unique glass marimba.

Joining them will be local women who form the vibrant ‘Arco String Quartet’, playing a mixture of well-known classics and popular pieces.

The current phase of work being carried out to the hall is due to be finished by October when visitors will be able to see the newly restored external stonework, original marble chequerboard floor, and larger-than-life internal statues representing different forms of the arts.

The summer evening concert will be held at Seaton Delaval Hall on Friday, August 29, with Glassonic and Arco String Quartet.

For more information on the concert or to book tickets, visit or call (0191) 237 9100.