Bringing international musicians and great chamber music to Northumberland.
2018 – 2019 Season
Welcome to a season with a difference
In 2018-19 our usual venue, the Playhouse, is closed for refurbishment and the Steinway piano will not be available. We will be using different venues in Alnwick, putting on concerts without a piano that we hope will work well in these places.
In St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church there will be two String Quartet recitals and a concert by an award-winning Early Music vocal group. The Gildas Quartet has reached the final of the London International String Competition this year and the Castalian Quartet has had success already in international competitions. The Fieri Consort was awarded the Cambridge prize at the prestigious York Early Music Festival in 2017.
In St James’s United Reformed Church we will have a young guitarist, Sean Shibe, who I heard at the East Neuk Festival in 2017 and who I just knew we had to have here. The intimate setting of St James should be just right for this recital, and for the Pro Musica String Trio, which includes three very experienced and well-known chamber musicians.
In St Michael’s Anglican Church we welcome a young Wind Quintet, the Magnard Ensemble, who are supported by the Tillett Trust.
In the Northumberland Hall we have invited Horovod, a local group who played in the Hexham, Holy Island and Alnwick Festivals in 2017, with an evening of music from the Balkans, Greece and Turkey.
So seven conceits, instead of the usual six, and for £70 if you take out a season subscription – a saving of £35.
As well as the concerts, we have a Choral Workshop led by members of the Early Music group, a Children’s Concert for winds, piano and narrator based on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and an hour long Family Concert from the group playing in the Northumberland Hall.
We hope that you become a subscriber, that you will encourage others to try what we are offering, and that you enjoy this ‘season with a difference.’
Mike Alexander, Chairman of Alnwick Music Society
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