Forever Modern

Brodsky Quartet

Gina McCormack - violin

Ian Belton - violin

Paul Cassidy - viola

Jacqueline Thomas - cello

Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 4

Beethoven - Grosse Fugue

Ravel - String Quartet in F

The Brodsky Quartet is one of the UK’s best loved and most important string quartets who have received unanimous praise worldwide. Formed in 1972, they have recently welcomed Gina McCormack as their first violinist. Their programme of Shostakovich, Beethoven and Ravel at first looks like a standard programme, but in fact is rather unusual. Shostakovich’s Fourth String Quartet is less often performed than his other quartets and is not entirely typical of his often dark, ironic and assertive music, but is sustained and lyrical, and ends with a Jewish-flavoured dance. It forms a rather interesting pairing with Ravel’s radiant and youthful String Quartet. Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue is one of the repertoire’s giants of a piece, uncompromising, challenging, forever modern, and overwhelming in the best sense.


“…these supremely gifted players shine a searing torch into areas usually left half-explored. Gloriously opulent yet detailed sound captures each unmissable moment to perfection.”

(Julian Haylock – The Strad – writing about their Elgar recording)



Of Land and Sea

British Choral Music

The Scottish Vocal Ensemble conducted by Mark Hindley

My Spirit Sang all Day
Haste on, My Joys!
(from Seven Poems of Robert Bridges, Op.17)

Jonathan Harvey
Song of June

My soul, there is a country
I know my soul hath power
Never weather-beaten sail
There is an old belief
(from Songs of Farewell)

James MacMillan
Ave Maris Stella

John Casken
Uncertain Sea

Gabriel Jackson
A Ship with Unfurled Sails

Daryl Runswick
Five English Folksongs:
1. Dance to Your Daddy
2. She Moved Through the Fair
3. The Frog and the Crow
4. Scarborough Fair
5. Bobby Shaftoe

The Scottish Vocal Ensemble’s programme of British music is in two halves, the first about nature and farewell, and the second mostly made up of music relating to the sea. Many composers, from Mendelssohn and Debussy to Britten, have made the sea the central idea in some of their works. John Casken’s Uncertain Sea sets two poems by Northumbrian poet Katrina Porteous (one in Northumbrian dialect) about the decline of the fishing industry on the North-East coast. The concert ends with Daryl Runswick’s arrangements of English folk songs. Alwinton Church will be the perfect setting and acoustic for this concert. Please note it is a Sunday afternoon, 3.00pm start.

"An utterly entrancing performance"….."What a wonderful concert. It changed me"….."Not only is the music rendered with a high level of professionalism but there is a warmth and intimacy to the performance." (Audience comment)

The Scottish Vocal Ensemble Website:

Mark Hindley Website:


The Poetic Piano

Steven Osborne piano

Andante in A major D.604
Piano Sonata in A major D.959

Piano Piece in A flat
Nunc Dimittis (from Vespers – arr. Rachmaninov)
Oriental Sketch
Moments Musicaux 

Steven Osborne is one of this country’s greatest pianists and his pairing of Schubert and Rachmaninov guarantees an evening that will be truly inspiring. We are very pleased to welcome this remarkable pianist to play in Alwinton. Beginning his recital with Schubert’s delicate and lyrical Andante in A, Steven follows this with a late, great Sonata in the same key. He is rightly recognized for the towering intelligence of his interpretations, and the insights he will bring to Schubert’s deep and profound musical visions will be eagerly awaited. Steven’s love of Rachmaninov’s overtly poetic and expressive music goes back a long way and these pieces will be a strong reminder of the huge contribution the composer made to the evolution of piano writing. The pieces are not as well-known as others by Rachmaninov, including the 24 Preludes recorded by Steven Osborne in 2010, but they reveal Rachmaninov’s single-minded development as one of the truly original voices of the 20th century.

“…poetry in [the] Schubert so exquisitely nuanced it transcended the ordinary….a masterclass in the true beauty of pianism, delivered with an intelligent and instinctive musicality.” (The Scotsman)



Celtic and Baroque


Kevin Lees - fiddle
Rune Barslund - whistles and accordion
Matthew Jones - guitar

Celtic folk music and original pieces by Inver

Bradley Creswick - violin
Katerina Nazarova - violin

Telemann - Canonic Sonata in D minor
Guignon - Les Folies d’Espagne Op.9, Les Sauvages Op.8
Enescu - The Fiddler
Bartók - Duos

Inver – an exciting young band who combine their love of the Celtic tradition with new material written by them. The two young English musicians, Kevin and Matthew, are joined by Rune who is also well known in Danish folk music circles and the trio toured Denmark in November 2019.

Bradley Creswick is well known in the region as former Leader of Royal Northern Sinfonia and he is joined by his colleague from the orchestra, Katerina Nazarova. They will play colourful duos by composers of the late Baroque – Telemann and Jean-Pierre Guignon (nicely complementary to Inver’s pieces) – as well as some of Bartók’s famous folk-influenced Duos for two violins. Bradley also includes the short, characterful solo piece The Fiddler by the Romanian George Enescu. This will be an evening of true musical dialogue between the different artists and different traditions.


Inver: “Sweet, artful, rhythmic playing. I could listen all day.” (Audience comment)

Bradley Creswick“Bradley has become a firm favourite with audiences, bringing a unique energy, warmth and animation to performances.” (Gavin Engelbrecht, Northern Echo)

Inver YouTube Channel:

Bradley Creswick on Chronical Live:

Katerina Nazarova on Royal Northern Sinfonia Website:

Alwinton Concert Programme 2020 Leaflet (Large)
Alwinton Concert Programme 2020 Leaflet B (Large)