The diversity and range of music in the 2017 season of concerts is both thrilling and out of the ordinary. From classical string quartet to the best of British jazz, with an intriguing dual concert for accordion and percussion, and a talented young chamber choir singing a cosmopolitan programme of folk-inspired music for summer, each offers an unforgettable musical experience.
It will be another memorable season and I look forward to welcoming you to Alwinton.
John Casken, Artistic Director
Bartosz Glowacki is one of the leading lights of a new generation of accordionists, raising awareness of the accordion in classical music, as well as developing new repertoire for his instrument and winning many prizes and plaudits along the way. O Duo was formed in 2000 and as well as commissioning many new works they have inspired countless children (and adults!) around the world with their virtuosic performances, laid-back presentation and passion for percussion.
Bartosz Glowacki will play music by Domenico Scarlatti, Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina, and a selection of Polish, Balkan Klezmer, Brazilian and French folk music.
O Duo will perform arrangements of Antonio Soler (a student of Scarlatti) and Spanish Dances by Granados, their own piece Bongo Fury, Philip Glass's Mad Rush, and more to whet the appetite: Marimba Spiritual, Take Five, and with Bartosz Glowacki they end the concert playing music by Piazzolla.
"...for me the coup de foudre was Bartosz Glowacki...the young Pole creates a poignant and distinctive sound world."
Fiona Maddocks - The Observer
O Duo - "Phenomenal artistry...Brimming with style and panache" - The Daily Telegraph
"Startling... cheeky, but enchanting" - The Scotsman
The Accordion Workshop is open to accordion players of all abilities, Bartosz Glowacki's Workshop will focus on different folk musics.
Aimed at age range 6 - 14 years
A fun-filled interactive percussion extravaganza with O Duo. Every participant will play an instrument in a mass Samba as well as having the opportunity to play on other drums, marimbas, etc. If you would like to bring along any instruments you may have made, all the better.
Their programme begins with Mozart's noble Adagio and Fugue in C minor and ends with Mendelssohn's spirited and passionate quartet in D from the Op. 44 set. Webern's Five Movements Op. 5, an early work from 1909, is remarkable for containing a wide range of expression in a relatively short time-span, from the agitated and turbulent, to the delicate and inward-looking. John Casken's Second Quartet, written for The Lindsays in 1994, has been described as having a "Debussian sensuality"... "reflective intimacy"... and "a sometimes jazz-inflected brio".
Sumer is icumen in
This talented group of young singers from The University of Manchester perform unaccompanied choral music that brings together different folk traditions connected by the theme of summer. Early music (Sumer is icumen in and El Grillo by Josquin des Prez) and folk-song mingle with pieces by Delius, James MacMillan, and Ligeti. The choir will also sing music by less well-known composers from the Baltic States - Peteris Plakidis and Eriks Esenvalds from Latvia, and Veljo Tormis from Estonia.
Mike Walker is a world-class guitarist and has been described as one of the greatest joys of British jazz with an astonishing range of colour, "leading the listener anywhere, and with an ability to play on the border of silence as well as with a burning energy".
Iain Dixon is one of the most highly respected musicians working today, equally accomplished on the saxophone and the clarinet and with a formidable reputation in the world of jazz. He and Les Chisnall also have a duo playing classical music for clarinet and piano, and Les's performances as a jazz pianist have drawn attention to his strongly individual ear for melody and harmony. Clockmakers' programme recognizes no boundaries between the different musical genres, and the fact that Messiaen, Finzi, Walton, Gwilym Simcock and Mike Walker's own compositions can be heard alongside each other is something to be celebrated.
A Guitar Workshop for guitarists who want to play along, improvise, and learn from Mike Walker, a great jazz guitarist versed in the tradition as well as today's contemporary styles.
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|
Alwinton Church Summer Concerts - Registered Charity No. 1140527