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Latest News – October 2020

We have moved our 2020-21 season concerts originally arranged for October and November this year to June and July 2021. Next season’s concerts are all now planned for 2021. They are listed below but, with uncertainty over the coronavirus, there is no certainty that they will take place on these dates. Bookings for individual concerts will not be possible until mid-December at the earliest. At that point it may be possible for those who are not currently members to take out a membership subscription.

In deciding when concerts can take place, we are being guided by the Government regulations. The Playhouse concerts will only go ahead if social distancing has come to an end. Concerts at St James’s and St Paul’s Churches have also to follow guidelines set by the regional church authorities. It may be possible to have socially distanced concerts in St Paul’s Church from November onwards, but nothing can be arranged at the moment.

2020-21 SEASON (now all in 2021)

Beethoven was born in December 1770 so three of our concerts this season celebrate (slightly belatedly) the 25oth anniversary of his birth with an all-Beethoven piano recital in January, some of his early works in June played on copies of instruments of the time and two linked concerts in July with an actor and a string quartet exploring Beethoven’s personal and musical journey as he composed his late quartets.

Tuesday 12 January 2021 – Martin Roscoe (piano)       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 – Dante Quartet               St Paul’s Church, Alnwick

Robert Simpson was the author of books on Beethoven, Bruckner and Nielsen and also the composer of 11 symphonies and 15 string quartets. He was born in Leamington Spa in March 1921, and the Dante Quartet return to begin his centenary celebrations by playing his 8th Quartet along with the works of 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

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

Clare Hammond has developed a reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes. So, as well Brahms and Rachmaninov, she asked to play the relatively new work by John Casken and piano études by Hélène de Montgeroult, a contemporary of Mozart and Beethoven. As Astor Piazzolla was also born in March 1921, I asked for a short piece by him and Clare came up with his Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite, recently arranged for piano.

Hélène de Montgeroult – Piano études (selection); 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 – Meraki Duo (flute & guitar)       St James’s Church, Alnwick (or St Paul’s)

Piazzolla ia also featured in this flute and guitar recital, with a movement from 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)

Thursday 20 May 2021  – Indira Grier (cello) & 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

Wednesday 23 June 2021DeNOTE Ensemble              St James’s Church, Alnwick (or St Paul’s)

Basset horn, clarinet, cello and fortepiano

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 & piano, op 38 (composer’s own arrangement of his Septet, op 20)

Saturday 24 July 2021 – Dante Quartet with Actor playing Beethoven     St James’s Church, Alnwick

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

Two presentations at 3.00pm and 7.00pm

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