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Northumberland County is overflowing with resident musical talent. Fortunately, these musicians have many outlets for expression…. not one, but two orchestras, a concert band, five choirs, regular musical theatre productions and a number of smaller bands. The county also hosts prominent music events such as The All-Canadian Jazz Festival and the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and is home to the marvellous Capitol Theatre as well as one of the country’s most unique concert venues, Westben Concerts at the Barn. Northumberland County’s Friends of Music presents at least 5 classical concerts throughout the fall and winter. This entirely volunteer run organization celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

County residents have an incredible variety of musical entertainment options. There’s jazz, classical, folk, country, rock and more, performed by local artists to world-class performers. All in a region of only 83,000 residents. No wonder Northumberland County has become a preferred destination for many city people who are looking for a better quality of life.

You are encouraged to support this exceptional music community by not only attending local performances but also by volunteering your time to help the many organizations continue to contribute to the rich cultural mosaic of Northumberland County.

Many of our organizations have auditions for specific performances or to join the musical group. If you are interested in auditioning for any of these groups, please visit their website or contact them directly for further information.

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