Summer 2014 at Alwinton Church
We are delighted to announce the details of our exciting 2014 season. Tickets will be available from the beginning of March 2014, either online via this website, or in person from The Congregational Galley, Rothbury. In the meantime, please note the dates in your diaries.
Sunday 11 May, 3.00pm
QUATUOR DANEL WITH PETR PRAUSE (CELLO)
Quatuor Danel are based in Brussels and also String Quartet in Residence at The University of Manchester. They have won a number of awards and their recordings of Debussy and the complete quartets of Weinberg have been singled out for critical acclaim. The programme unusually includes two strings quintets, with John Casken's short Inevitable Rifts and one of the greatest masterpieces of all chamber music, Schubert's late String Quintet. Debussy's early and impassioned String Quartet is a work that clearly shows the young composer's debt to Grieg, Wagner and Borodin, but also the new influences of church modes and gamelan.
- Debussy - String Quartet (1893)
- John Casken - Inevitable Rifts (string quintet) (2009)
- Schubert - String Quintet 1828)
Saturday 31 May, 7.30pm
Conductor John Casken
One of the UK's leading contemporary music ensembles in a programme that brings elements of music theatre to Alwinton, including the familiar and catchy music of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, arranged by the composer for a small ensemble, and a semi-staged performance of Peter Maxwell Davies' extraordinary and ground-breaking work based on the madness of King George III, Eight Songs for a Mad King. Between these two works is a recent work by John Casken, commissioned by Psappha and first performed in 2011, a work that offers a personal way of uniting Northumbrian landscape with music. This concert also includes the winning work from our new initiative - a national Composers' Competition.
- Stravinsky - The Soldier's Tale Suite (arr. by Stravinsky for cl., vn., pf.) (1918)
- Winning work from Composers' Competition
- John Casken - Winter Reels (20011)*
- Peter Maxwell Davies - Eight Songs for a Mad King for baritone and ensemble (1969)
Saturday 7 June 12.00 noon - 5.00 pm
SOUNDING THE HILLSIDES
With Bennett Hogg, sound artist, composer, fiddler and animateur
Open to the public free of charge.
A sound and vision experience with video, new instruments, computer transformation of sounds, and performance in Alwinton Church using recordings from the landscape and involving local school children.
This event is made possible by our collaboration with Newcastle University as part of the Northumbrian Exchanges project and The Landscape Quartet.
Saturday 21 June, 7.30pm
DURHAM CATHEDRAL CONSORT, DIRECTED BY JAMES LANCELOT
A programme of sacred choral music from this young group of singers based at Durham Cathedral under the direction of the Cathedral's Master of the Choristers and Organist, James Lancelot. To include Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor plus Tudor organ pieces.
Saturday 12 July, 7.30pm
THE ALISTAIR ANDERSON BAND
A concert by the acknowledged master of the English concertina with his group of musicians in a programme of Northumbrian music including Alistair's A Lindisfarne Gospel, a work that draws on the roots of Northumbrian tradition to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels and that corner of the north which nurtured them. The interweaving knot work of the "carpet pages" is reflected in intertwining musical textures featuring fiddles, harp, concertina, cello and Northumbrian pipes, and the wide-skied landscape of Lindisfarne is echoed in emotive slow airs.
The concert will include some of the older Northumbrian traditional music which underpins this exciting new composition alongside some of Anderson's other compositions.
TICKET PRICES FOR 2014
- Area 1:
- Standard £15
- Concessions (OAPs and 16-25) £12
- Under 16's Free
- Series Discount: Standard £52, Concession £40
- Area 2:
- Standard £12
- Concessions (OAPs and 16-25) £10
- Under 16's Free
- Series Discount: Standard £40, Concession £32
Tickets will be available from the beginning of March 2014, either online via this website, or in person from:
Art Gallery and Cafe,
High Street, Rothbury,
Concerts Planning Team
The Planning Team reserves the right to make changes to these programmes should circumstances arise.
Alwinton Church Summer Concerts - Registered Charity No. 1140527