Middlesbrough Town Hall has launched a scheme to offer free classical music concert tickets to Middlesbrough residents.
The scheme will see 1,500 seats made available throughout the year, split between each show in the programme.
It is hoped the free ticket scheme will give local people the chance to try something new if they have not enjoyed a live classical performance before. It will also allow avid concert-goers to enjoy the full classical programme at the Town Hall, without the added cost.
The first 250 tickets have been made available for Russian Philharmonic of Novosibirsk on May 13, 2019, which has played extensively throughout Europe.
A further 400 tickets are also available to book for twice Grammy nominated Debashish Bhattacharya on June 7, 2019 - one of the world's greatest slide guitarists who blends Indian classical music with Western blues.
Lorna Fulton, Head of the Town Hall, said: "Middlesbrough Town Hall has been at the heart of our community for the past 130 years.
"We're proud to offer a classical programme of regional significance, and it's important to us that local people are the first to enjoy it.
"To some, live classical performances can be cost-prohibitive so we're hoping this scheme will allow as many people as possible to enjoy a classical performance without the added cost, to try something new and discover the joys of classical music first-hand."
Middlesbrough Town Hall offers a celebrated classical music programme, attracting both regional orchestras like Royal Northern Sinfonia and Cleveland Philharmonic, and travelling internationals from throughout Europe.
Tickets for the scheme must be booked in advance via the Middlesbrough Town Hall website or by contacting the Box Office.
To book, visit www.middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk/your-visit/classical-music-free-ticket-s... or contact the box office in person or the phone: 01642 729 729.