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Extra concert this Saturday

STEVEN MOORE (marimba)

Saturday 24 August at 4.00pm

St James’s Church, Pottergate, Alnwick NE66 1JW

This hour-long recital features music from Bach to more contemporary works from the last century.

This is a ‘pay what you think it’s worth’ event.

Alnwick Music Society was approached by Steven Moore regarding the possibility of putting on a Marimba Recital in Alnwick in August. Having checked Steven’s background, we decided to book St James’s for this recital as part of our outreach programme.

Steven is a percussionist based in Newcastle upon Tyne with over 20 years’ experience as a freelance musician who has recently returned to academic and performance study. As part of his Marimba studies he has been under the tutelage of the world-famous Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Steven is regularly seen performing solo works and working with professional ensembles including the Northumberland Orchestral Society, the New Tyneside Orchestra, Sunderland Symphony Orchestra, Wilmslow Symphony and Uppingham Orchestra. Theatre work has always been a passionate place for Steven to work, allowing him to develop his multi-percussion skills. Each performance presents new challenges with favourites including ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Spamalot’, ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

Steven is also a new composer and is currently producing his first book of solo works. These will be performed and released to the public in December 2019.

Having started teaching at the age of 19, his career in education has taken many different paths. Much in demand as a tutor, Steven teaches for Yamaha Tyneside in schools across the north east and also offers private tuition.

Mike Alexander, Chairman of Alnwick Music Society

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Our new season begins in October and full details of the concerts are on our website. Why not become a member? It’s only £70 for seven concerts, a saving of over £40 for the full season. You will also be the first to know about concerts in our Outreach programme, which will also be cheaper for members.

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Please note that the concerts in 2020 will be in the newly refurbished Playhouse and must be booked through the Playhouse. However their website will not be available until July for bookings.

Mike Alexander, Chairman of Alnwick Music Society

2019 – 2020 Season

Our 2019-20 season offers a rich and varied programme of recitals.
Musical highlights of the season include Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Trio, Franck’s Violin Sonata, Bach’s 3rd  Brandenburg and Italian Concertos (arranged for Saxophone Quartet), as well as works by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Borodin, Scarlatti, Prokofiev, Fauré and Mendelssohn, to name but a few. We will also celebrate local composer John Casken’s 70th birthday year with his new Clarinet Quintet ‘Misted Land’ written in 2017 for the Nash Ensemble and a short piece in the opening concert.

Artists include two superb String Quartets who have the same line up as when they began in 1997 and 2001 respectively, the Carducci and the Sacconi. The Carducci are joined by Julian Bliss, with whom they play regularly, and their recording of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet was one of the recommended recordings on Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’.

There are two wonderful pianists. I have heard Dinara Klinton twice and have been impressed on both occasions.  Born in the Ukraine but living in the UK, she was a pianist in this year’s Leeds Piano Competition.
Alasdair Beatson has a growing reputation as a soloist and accompanist. He has been a regular performer with the Royal Northern Sinfonia this season, playing with the orchestra but also in chamber recitals.

We also have a quality young Piano Trio, the Busch Trio, who were top class when they came to Morpeth. We are also thrilled to have a brilliant string player, Lawrence Power, who will play the violin as well as the viola in a programme of romantic music, accompanied by Simon Crawford-Phillips.

The season begins on 17 October with the Ferio Saxophone Quartet.

The Playhouse is not taking bookings for live events until January, so our first two concerts will be held in St Paul’s Church. The remaining five concerts will be in the refurbished Playhouse.

Mike Alexander, Chairman of Alnwick Music Society

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