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Latest News – July 2020

2019-20 season

When we had to postpone our final three concerts of the season in April, I was hopeful that we could complete our 2019-20 season with three rearranged concerts in the late summer, all still in the Playhouse. That has not proved possible, with social distancing still in place and the Playhouse deciding that it is unlikely to open for live performances until January 2021.

Following the latest government guidelines, concert halls and theatres (and by implication churches) are not able to host live performances. The prime minister has said that ‘the government is working with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live events as soon as possible’. Let us hope that we will have more positive information in the next few weeks.

I had two hour-long daytime concerts planned for May and June in St Paul’s Church and am hoping to rearrange these for September or early October. These may each be repeated in the evening so that audience members can attend one or the other, since smaller numbers will help with social distancing.

Please look again in early August for more information about these two possible events.

2020-21 season

The full revised 2020-21 season’s programme (as it presently stands) is shown below.


Friday 16 October 2020 at 7.30pmDeNOTE Ensemble (Basset horn, clarinet, cello and fortepiano)  St James’s Church, Alnwick (or St Paul’s)

Beethoven – Basset Horn sonata, op 17 (c1802 arrangement of Horn sonata); Piano sonata in G, op 14/2; Piano sonata in G major, op 49/2; Trio for clarinet, cello & piano, op 38 (composer’s own arrangement of his Septet, op 20)

Saturday 28 November 2020 – Dante Quartet with Actor playing Beethoven  (Two presentations at 3.00pm and 7.00pm) St James’s Church, Alnwick

Beethoven – Late Quartets: 1. Quartets op 132 & 131; 2. Quartets op 130, 133 & 135       

Tuesday 12 January 2021 at 7.30pm – Martin Roscoe (piano) Including a pre-concert talk  Alnwick Playhouse

Beethoven – Piano sonata in C minor, op 13 ‘Pathetique’; Piano sonata in F minor, op 57 ‘Appassionata’; Six Bagatelles, op 126; Piano sonata in A flat, op 110            

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 7.30pm – Dante Quartet  St Paul’s Church, Alnwick

Schubert – String Quartet no 13, D804 ‘Rosamunde’; Haydn – String Quartet, op 76/4 ‘Sunrise’; Robert Simpson – String quartet no 8

Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 7.30pm – Clare Hammond (piano)  Alnwick Playhouse

Hélène de Montgeroult – Piano sonata no 9 in F sharp minor, op 5; Brahms – Six pieces, op 118; John Casken – Six Wooded Pieces; Piazzolla (arr Davies) – Suite from incidental music to ‘A midsummer night’s dream’; Rachmaninov – Piano sonata no 2 in B flat minor

Friday 16 April 2021 at 7.30pm – Meraki Duo (flute & guitar) St James’s Church, Alnwick

Zenamon – Reflexões No 6; Shankar – L’aube enchantée; Rafael Marino Arcaro – New work by this Brazilian composer; Piazzolla – Oblivion, Libertango and Histoire du Tango (3rd movement); Liebermann – Sonata for flute and guitar; Dvořák – Sonatino, op 100 (arr. for flute/guitar)

Thursday 20 May 2021 at 7.30pm – Indira Grier (cello) and Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux (violin)  St James’s Church, Alnwick

Indira and Charlotte come to us as part of the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists scheme. This scheme celebrates the best of the UK’s young musical talent and offers a small subsidy to Making Music concert promoters who book any of these artists.

Programme to be finalised

The first two concerts in October and November in St James’s Church may require a change of venue and/or date once we know when the Government will allow churches to fully re-open for concerts and the social distancing guidance.

Please look again in early August by which time I hope to be clearer about our 2020-21 season’s programme.

By then you should also be able to book concerts and membership through the website.

Mike Alexander, Chairman of Alnwick Music Society

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