Bringing international musicians and great chamber music to Northumberland.


As well as bringing high quality professional musicians to perform great chamber music in Alnwick we are committed to a programme of education and outreach. Our latest outreach event is a full-length Sunday afternoon concert of lighter music in Alnwick Playhouse.

Sunday afternoon concert

SOPHIA STRINGS – Sunday 16 June at 3.00pm in Alnwick Playhouse

A full-length concert of light classics, jazz, dance, tunes from films, musicals and operas as well as Ukrainian folk music

Sophia Strings play a wide range of well-known music. They love to entertain, and particularly enjoy reaching people who would not usually think of listening to live string music.

Professional violinists Kostia and Iryna studied violin at the prestigious Kiev Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and then joined the world-famous Ukraine National Opera Orchestra. They founded Sophia Strings in 2017 when they came to the UK. Although they spoke little English, a shared love of music overcame the language barrier, and they were soon performing string quartets with English musicians Jill and Penny at events around their home towns of Darlington and Richmond.

For several years, Kostia was a soloist with the Ukraine Chamber Orchestra, regularly performing concertos in Ukraine and internationally.

Besides being an accomplished classical violin player, Iryna has a strong interest in Ukrainian folk music, and she has arranged Ukrainian folk music for the quartet.

They will perform with Iryna’s talented daughter, Sofia Nikolaiets, who has a singing scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music.

Seats for this concert can be reserved for £2 from the Playhouse (01665 660550 or via prior to or on the day of the concert.
You then pay what you can afford by cash or contactless card at the end of the performance.


What we have done so far

In the past five years we have arranged the following:

  • Workshop for local singers led by an early music group
  • Children’s concert linked to Roald Dahl stories
  • Interactive family concert of folk and world music
  • Workshops in local schools led by a Saxophone Quartet
  • Several hour-long morning concerts by young artists
  • Woodwind concert for the Alnwick Garden Elderberries
  • Brass Quintet schools’ concert in Alnwick Playhouse
  • Beethoven’s Late Quartets with an actor
  • Weekend Festival of Music in Alnwick Playhouse involving local musicians and groups along with well-known national and international professional musicians and young artists, including different types of music – vocal, choral, jazz and opera – live piano music accompanying silent film, violin and piano masterclasses for local young students, an event for families with young children and culminating in a closing event for local community groups and musicians.

Keeping in touch

Our education and outreach plans for the coming season will be finalised once we know how much money we have attracted from grants and our patronage scheme. Members and all those on our mailing list will be kept up to date with our plans.

How you can help

Around 40 of our members give generously through our patronage scheme to ensure that the quality of artists we book in our main season remains high and helps in the development of our outreach and education programme. You do not have to be a member to give through this scheme and, assuming that you pay tax, we can claim gift aid on donations.

Become a Patron

By becoming a Patron you help us bring top quality artists to Alnwick and develop our Outreach and Education programme.

UK Taxpayers can Gift Aid donations and increase the amount given to our Patronage Scheme by 25% at no extra cost.

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