A project to revive, record and promote the rich but neglected heritage of vocal music from the north east of England

Blow the Wind Southerly

       Bobby Shaftoe sung by Margarette Ashton

The project is now complete, 'though the website and associated resources will be maintained for the forseeable future.

The project ended on Tuesday 15thNovember 2011 with the delivery of the
last of 102 education workshops. Over a period of four years workshops have
been delivered in Darlington, N & S Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle,
Teesside and Northumberland involving 3800 children and students. Children's workshops have been supported by 9 sessions for teachers and students.
1280 children have contributed to 18 collaborative concerts and presentations
attracting a total audience of 1550.

Residencies over 19 days have been held in 7 heritage venues (The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Head of Steam Museum, Darlington, Ormesby Hall, Middlesborough, The Souter Lighthouse, Whitburn, Seaton Delaval Hall and Wordsworth House in Cockermouth) and formal concerts presented in the Shipley Art Gallery, The Bowes Museum, The King's Hall (Newcastle), The Gateshead Visitor Centre, The Bowes Museum and Wordsworth House. A total of 2210 visitors/audience attended these events.

Members of Concert Royal would ike to thank the many schools and other partners who contributed to the success of 'Blow the Wind Southerly' and acknowledge the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

School workshops and concerts are still available and a large scale follow-up culminated in concerts in the City Hall, Newcastle and The Sage Gateshead to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Blaydon Races in June 2012.

Peter Harrison



Blow the Wind Southerly is a project to revive, record and promote the rich but neglected heritage of vocal music from the north east of England. The project is delivered by the early music group Concert Royal.

 Rachel Gray, John Treherne, Margarette Ashton, Peter Harrison


It is important for children to be aware of their cultural roots so education is at the heart of the project. 90 schools' workshops will involve more than 3000 children over a 4-year period. Children participate in workshops and collaborative presentations, learning about their cultural heritage through music and dance. Although the focus is on song, materials and workshops will place the music firmly in its social and historical context. Teaching materials and workshops have been developed to enable children and teachers to celebrate and enjoy their musical and cultural heritage through practical activities.

In addition to schools' workshops there are presentations for teachers and students, concerts and a recording, produced in association with Divine Art.      

 Contact us by email: music.ph@btinternet.com