Alwinton Summer Concerts has established itself as one of the most distinctive and innovative series of concerts in the North-East's musical calendar. Alwinton is a remote, rural village in Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland, and its church, the home of Alwinton Summer Concerts and with a fine acoustic, is set apart from the village and is surrounded by beautiful and dramatic landscape.

We have a very exciting and ambitious programme this year beginning with two masterpieces from the chamber music repertoire. Debussy's String Quartet and Schubert's great String Quintet in C are performed by the internationally-acclaimed Quatuor Danel, with cellist Petr Prause.

The climax of the concert by Psappha, one of this country's leading contemporary music ensembles, is the un-missable and iconic music-theatre work, Eight Songs for a Mad King, by Peter Maxwell Davies, with Kelvin Thomas as the virtuoso baritone singing the role of King George III. This concert also includes John Casken's Winter Reels, commissioned by Psappha and premiered by them in 2010, and the first performance of the winning work from our national Composers' Competition. All three shortlisted works will be heard in a public workshop (see Psappha page for details)

Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers is a fine young group of directed by James Lancelot, renowned Master of the Cathedral Choristers and Cathedral Organist. They bring an enticing programme of choral music that includes Vaughan Williams' Mass in G minor and Magnificat primi toni by the major Spanish Renaissance composer Victoria, as well as pieces by Byrd, Tomkins and Howells, and contemporary pieces by Jonathan Harvey, John Casken and Sir John Tavener.

We end the season with one of the best-loved folk musician from this region, Alistair Anderson who, with his group of young musicians, The Alistair Anderson Band, performs one of his most recent and extended compositions, A Lindisfarne Gospel, as well as traditional Northumbrian music.

Concerts Planning Team

John Casken Chairman and Artistic Director
Kate Hazelwood Secretary
Dick Hazelwood Treasurer
Graham Stacy Ticketing Manager
John Smalley Fundraising
Lorna Aiken Team Member
Rev. Michael Boag Team Member

The 2014 series is supported by Barter Books, The Community Foundation, The Coop Membership, Hadrian Trust, Hugonin Family Trust, Northumberland National Park, The Sir Michael Tippett Musical Foundation and the Upper Coquetdale Resource Group.

Alwinton Church Summer Concerts - Registered Charity No. 1140527