Situated in beautiful Upper Coquetdale in Northumberland, Alwinton Church with its fine acoustic has become an important centre in the region for innovative concerts given by international artists.
We are pleased to be able to tell you that the problems with the Alwinton Church ceiling which led to the relocation of the first two concerts in the series, have been resolved, and the Tokaido Road concert on 27 June will therefore be held in Alwinton Church as scheduled.
We hear that the B6341 road between Elsdon and Rothbury will be closed from June 22nd for up to 6 days. The work may well be finished by Saturday 27th, but in case not, it may be worth checking on the county website before planning your route.
Our great English baritone (and Honorary Patron) Sir Thomas Allen and his fine accompanist Caroline Dowdle return to Alwinton with a recital of songs by English, German and American composers that remember and touch on the experience of the First World War.
The virtuoso pianist Kenneth Hamilton performs a programme of fantasies, including music by Chopin and Liszt in which he excels, but also bringing lesser known music by the visionary Russian composer Alexander Scriabin.
In our third concert we are very pleased to be able to present an exciting and recent music-theatre work by Nicola LeFanu based on a Japanese story, Tokaido Road. This staged performance by Okeanos, with singers in costume and with video projections will be preceded in the first half by traditional Japanese music and pieces by Howard Skempton influenced by Japanese music. The evening promises to be a feast for both eyes and ears.
For those interested in learning more about Japanese music, we are running a free workshop in the church from 2.00 - 3.30 pm on 27 June, which is family-friendly, free and open to all. Click here for details
We end the season with the astonishing and virtuoso duo of Chris Stout and Catriona McKay who bring their own thrilling brand of traditional music. They will share the concert with Tempest Flute Trio, three young women who are making a big name for themselves in their performances of new compositions as well as arrangements of popular and jazz pieces.
It's an exciting season, and we hope you will be able to join us.
John Casken, Artistic Director
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Alwinton Church Summer Concerts - Registered Charity No. 1140527