Alwinton Summer Concerts take place in the Church of St Michael and All Angels, located just outside of the remote, rural village of Alwinton in Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland. The series has established itself as one of the major cultural events in the North-East of England and the church, with its fine acoustic, is surrounded by beautiful and dramatic landscape.

Composers' Competition - Saturday 7 May 2016

In association with Kathryn Tickell and The Side

The organisers of Alwinton Summer Concerts 2016 and its Artistic Director John Casken are pleased to announce a national Composers' Competition. Three scores will be selected for a workshop in Alwinton Church on Saturday 7 May 2016 and one work will be selected for performance in the evening concert to be given by Kathryn Tickell and The Side. Click here for details.

Kathryn Tickell and The Side - Saturday 7 May, 7.30pm

Music from one of the country's leading folk musicians with her new band The Side, bringing folk and classical traditions together in exciting and invigorating new ways.

Kathryn Tickell Folk fiddle and Northumbrian Small Pipes
Ruth Wall Scottish Lever Harp
Amy Thatcher Accordion
Louisa Tuck Cello

Composer's Competition: in our second national composer's competition, composers will be invited to write a short piece for The Side. Three finalists will be selected from scores submitted and played through in a Public Workshop at 2.00pm. The winning work will be included in the evening concert. The Competition judges are Kathryn Tickell, Alistair Anderson and John Casken.

Apollo Saxophone Quartet - Saturday 28 May, 7.30pm

The Apollo Saxophone Quartet has been at the forefront of musical life in the UK for over 30 years and have done more to develop the repertoire of music for saxophone quartet than any other ensemble. They bring a programme of pieces written for them and in the second half will play their own pieces to accompany a screening of silent black and white films.

Rob Buckland Soprano Saxophone
Andy Scott Alto Saxophone
Carl Raven Tenor Saxophone
Jim Fieldhouse Baritone Saxophone

Fretwork - Saturday 11 June, 7.30pm

with Simon Callow, narrator (tbc)

The World Encompassed
This concert brings together music for viols of the 16th and 21st centuries, focussing on Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe in 1577-80, and weaving together music of the period with new music written by Orlando Gough. Drake took 4 viol players with him on his journey and they played hymns during his devotions and for his meals, and then also to the native peoples they met, who in turn played to Drake and his men.

Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble - Saturday 25 June 7.30pm

Members of our regional international chamber orchestra bring a lovely programme beginning with a rarely-heard arrangement of Sibelius' orchestral work En Saga for six instruments. The poetic sound-world of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's Spins and Spells for cello, is followed by the unmistakeable sounds of Arvo Pärt in the string quartet version of Fratres. After the interval comes a performance of Beethoven's great Septet.

The details of this programme may be subject to change

It's an exciting season, and we hope you will be able to join us.
John Casken, Artistic Director

John Casken Chairman and Artistic Director
Richard Marr Treasurer
Kate Hazelwood Secretary

Alwinton Church Summer Concerts - Registered Charity No. 1140527