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Latest News – December 2020

2020-21 SEASON

 Hopefully our next season will now run from April to September 2021 (full details below).

If you wish to become a member and take out a subscription the cost is £70 for the year. Go to the bookings section on the website and under Membership click on Pay now.

Bookings for concerts in Alnwick Playhouse will be available in early January. Go to and search for classical music concerts or go to the month of the concert.

Bookings for other concerts will be through this website. However, as we cannot be sure at this stage that these concerts will go ahead or which church they will be held in, bookings will not open here until March.

We will be removing the concerts from the 2019-20 season and replacing them with the new concerts in the next few weeks.

Mike Alexander




Friday 16 April 2021 at 7.30pm

Meraki Duo (Meera Maharaj – flute and James Girling – guitar)

St James’s Church, Alnwick (or St Paul’s)                                                          

Astor Piazzolla was born in March 1921 so this recital includes pieces by him in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, his Histoire du Tango written for this combination of instruments and one of his other well-known pieces. The first half of the concert features a range of works of an exotic nature and the second half has a sonata by an American composer and a work written when Dvořák was living in America.

Zenamon – Reflexões No 6;

Shankar – L’aube enchantée;

Rafael Marino Arcaro – A norte, Rio Preto;

Dvořák – Sonatina, op 100 (arr. for flute/guitar);

Liebermann – Sonata for flute and guitar;

Piazzolla – Oblivion and Histoire du Tango (3rd movement)

Meera and James come to Alnwick as members of the Making Music Selected Artists Scheme 2020.


Thursday 20 May 2021 at 7.30pm

Indira Grier (cello) and Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux (violin)

St James’s Church, Alnwick (or St Paul’s)                                                          

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.

Programme to include Cello and Violin Duos by Ravel, Bach and Halvorsen and solo works by Ysaÿe, Carter and Berio


Tuesday 1 June 2021 at 7.30pm

Martin Roscoe (piano)

Alnwick Playhouse

Three of our concerts this season celebrate (slightly belatedly) the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in December 1770. We begin with this all-Beethoven piano recital.


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 23 June 2021 at 7.30pm

DeNOTE Ensemble

Basset horn, clarinet, cello and fortepiano

St James’s Church, Alnwick (or St Paul’s)                                                          

Our second concert celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary will include an early Beethoven piano sonata and arrangements of two of his early works, performed on copies of instruments of Beethoven’s time.

Beethoven:  Basset Horn sonata, op 17 (c1802 arrangement of Horn sonata);

Piano sonata in C minor, op 13 ‘Pathetique’ or

Piano sonata in D minor, op 31/2 ‘Tempest’;

Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, op 38 (composer’s own arrangement of his Septet, op 20)


Wednesday 7 July 2021 at 7.30pm

Dante Quartet

Alnwick Playhouse (note change of venue!)

Born in Leamington Spa in March 1921, Robert Simpson was the author of books on Beethoven, Bruckner and Nielsen and also the composer of 11 symphonies and 15 string quartets. As part of Simpson’s centenary celebrations, the Dante Quartet play his 8th Quartet together with the works of two other composers he admired, Schubert and Haydn.

Schubert:  String Quartet no 13, D804 ‘Rosamunde’;

Haydn:  String Quartet, op 76/4 ‘Sunrise’;

Robert Simpson:  String quartet no 8


Saturday 24 July 2021 – Two presentations at 3.00pm and 7.00pm                              

Dante Quartet with Actor playing Beethoven     

St James’s Church, Alnwick

In two linked concerts, the Dante Quartet will perform Beethoven’s Late String Quartets.

But this is more than a concert. The Quartet is joined by the actor, David Timson, taking

on the role of Beethoven. We will experience Beethoven’s personal and musical journey as

he composed these quartets, through an imagined narrative written by Clare Norburn.

Beethoven – Late Quartets:

  1. Quartets op 132 and 131;
  2. Quartets op 130, 133 and 135


Wednesday 1 September 2021 at 7.30pm

Clare Hammond (piano)

Alnwick Playhouse

Clare Hammond has developed a reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes. She is coming to us as part of a tour and this requires us to agree a programme suitable to all the societies that are booking her. This means that the programme originally planned for Alnwick will be different. As soon as we know the new programme, we will let you know.

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