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This season's concerts can be summed up as folk-inspired, jazz-inspired, music from the reign of Elizabeth I, and a unique programme of music from Finland and Austria.



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


We begin with one of this country's leading folk musicians, Kathryn Tickell, who brings her new band The Side to Alwinton with their vibrant mix of folk and classical traditions. Theirs is an exciting and compelling combination of players and instruments with a sound world that has its own unique, sparkling quality. And, we're very excited to be able to collaborate with Kathryn and her band in our second Alwinton Composers' Competition as part of this concert.

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 done more to develop the repertoire for saxophone quartet than any other ensemble in the UK. Drawing on both classical and jazz traditions, their superb playing has that exciting voluptuousness which we associate with the saxophone at its best. Accompanying silent black and white film in the second half of the programme, their music will transform the Church into a cinematic space.

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



Fretwork with Paul Copley - Saturday 11 June, 7.30pm


Fretwork is the leading ensemble exploring music of the great English consort tradition from Taverner to Purcell, but they have also become known as pioneers of contemporary music for viols. Their Alwinton programme is a fascinating project focusing on Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe in 1577-80. In another coup for the Alwinton Concerts, the part of Drake will be narrated by award winning actor Paul Copley.




Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble - Saturday 25 June 7.30pm


To end the season, Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble, players from the region's international chamber orchestra and orchestra of Sage Gateshead, perform a rarely heard arrangement of Sibelius' En Saga, a beguiling work by Sibelius' fellow countryman Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Schubert's wonderful Octet.




This promises to be an outstanding season and I look forward to welcoming you to Alwinton.
John Casken,    Artistic Director


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