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Welcome to our website showing details of the 2019 season of concerts. Yet again we have drawn together a programme of artists of the highest calibre in four exciting concerts. We are privileged to be able to offer such a diverse range of music, and this year is no exception, from funky folk to a theatrical melodrama, and classical string quartet to earlier music of the most intimate and poetic kind for tenor, lute and viol. For this concert, we have also planned our third   Composers’ Competition,   a fascinating opportunity as well as challenge for composers of all ages to write for this ensemble.

The Marmen Quartet have won major prizes: 2018 Royal Overseas League Competition, Music in the Round ‘Bridge’ Scheme, Musicians Company Concerts Concordia Award, Hattori Foundation Award and Royal Philharmonic Society Award. Sir John Tomlinson is the greatest British operatic bass-baritone of our times and has distinguished himself in many roles, from Wagner’s Ring cycle to operas by Sir Harrison Birtwistle. His stage presence is absolutely electric and this is a performance not to be missed. The young mezzo-soprano Rozanna Madylus has won a number of awards including The Karaviotis Prize at Les Azuriales Young Artist Competition in Nice in 2012. She has been invited to perform in London at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, as well as at the Mariinksy Theatre in St Petersburg and Berlin Opera Academy. The members of Counterpoise are all distinguished musicians in their own right: Fenella Humphreys (violin), Kyle Horch (saxophone), Deborah Calland (trumpet), and Ian Farrington (piano).

Few performers of early music compare with lutenist Jacob Heringman, viol player Susanna Pell, and the tenor John Potter. They are well known for their performances of 16th century music but also play more recent music as well, and John Potter was a member of the Hilliard Ensemble for 18 years. Their involvement with our Third Composers’ Competition adds great status to it. Spiro bring high-energy performance and a unique and original interpretation of contemporary folk music performance. They end our season in a suitably upbeat and foot-tapping mode.

What are Alwinton Summer Concerts all about? Well, they offer a chance to experience wonderful music in a beautiful setting in Upper Coquetdale in Northumberland’s National Park. The Church of St Michael and All Angels where the concerts take place is a fascinating building set into the hillside, tall and with a fine acoustic. Audience members come from far and wide and find the atmosphere to be very welcoming, inclusive and positive.

Concert series or Festival? The concerts are spread out, four between mid-May and early July, so it’s difficult to describe as a festival. But Festival it certainly feels like in its celebration of music to suit all tastes, from the known to the lesser known, to the new and unknown. It’s a celebration I warmly invite you to share with me.

John Casken, Artistic Director

Tickets will be available via our website from February 2019



Marmen Quartet - Sunday 12 May, 7.30pm


Nocturne

Two major works from the classical repertoire by this award-winning string quartet frame an early but highly original work by the Hungarian composer György Ligeti. Even though this work reflects his fascination for the music of fellow Hungarian Béla Bartók, it also looks forward to the unique voice that emerged as Ligeti quickly became one of the most important and fascinating composers of the avant-garde in Western Europe, his home after 1956.

Johannes Marmen violin
Ricky Gore violin
Byrony Gibson-Cornish viola
Steffan Morris cello


Haydn Quartet Op. 50 No.1
Ligeti String Quartet No. 1: Métamorphoses nocturnes (1953-4)
Beethoven Quartet Op. 131





Counterpoise - Saturday 25 May, 7.30pm


The Art of Love

A theatrical evening focusing on the early life of Alma Mahler, including songs by Wagner, Zemlinksy, Gustav Mahler, and Alma Mahler, and the melodrama Kokoschka’s Doll by John Casken. The ensemble Counterpoise is joined by the great British operatic star Sir John Tomlinson who plays the part of the Viennese painter Oskar Kokoschka, and the young mezzo-soprano Rozanna Madylus who recreates the figure of Alma Mahler.

Sir John Tomlinson bass-baritone/narrator
Rozanna Madylus mezzo-soprano





Saturday 15 June, 7.30pm


The Lute Unbound

Music from the time of both Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II for the most intimate of Renaissance ensembles. This concert of early music and music of our own times, bringing together music and poetry, also includes the winning work from our new Composers’ Competition.

Composers’ Competition Workshop 2.30pm, open to the public

Jacob Heringman lute
Susanna Pell viol da gamba
John Potter tenor




SPIRO - Saturday 6 July, 7.30pm


Folk meets Minimalism

Spiro is an instrumental group from Bristol whose high-energy playing embraces not only folk and dance music but also minimalism. The members of this gripping ensemble offers their own interesting interpretation of different folk music traditions. In 2016 they were nominated for the BBC Folk Awards and bring our 2019 series to an exciting finish.

Jane Harbour violin
Alex Vann mandolin
Jason Sparkes piano accordion
Jon Hunt guitar






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.



John Casken Chairman and Artistic Director
Richard Marr Treasurer
Anne Jones Secretary


Alwinton Church Summer Concerts - Registered Charity No. 1140527