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The refurbished Playhouse has re-opened and is now a splendid modern venue, with comfortable seats and huge legroom. The excellent Café on the ground floor is open from 9.00am to 7.30pm on the days of our concerts and the upstairs Bar is open from 5.00pm to 10.30pm.

Our next concert there on Wednesday 5 February at 7.30pm is a Piano Trio recital by Trio Zadig, replacing the Busch Trio who had to withdraw. They will play Haydn’s ‘Gypsy Rondo’ Trio, Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Trio and Schubert’s Trio in E flat, D929.

Bookings for this, and all of our concerts at the Playhouse, can be made via the Alnwick Playhouse website or from the Playhouse box office (Tel 01665 660550).

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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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