When it comes to performance quality, the region’s big music venues by no means have a monopoly.
The Church of St Michael and All Angels, at Upper Coquetdale in the Northumberland National Park, plays host again to a series of summer concerts.
Artistic director John Casken, the renowned composer who lives in the area, has pulled together another attractive programme which begins on May 17 (3pm) with a concert by baritone Sir Thomas Allen – honorary patron of the Alwinton series – and pianist Caroline Dowdle.
The title is Remembering 1915. This was a year which saw more than 285,000 British casualties on the Western Front, many at the Battle of Loos.
Songs by combatants Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth (killed by a sniper on the Somme) and Ivor Gurney will be among those performed.
Two June concerts will follow, as well as one in July.
Fantasies, on June 6 (7.30pm), is a recital by Kenneth Hamilton, a pianist specialising in 19th Century repertoire.
He will be returning to Alwinton to perform music by Chopin, Schumann, Scriabin, Ronald Stevenson and Liszt.
On the 27th, Okeanos, a Western-Japanese ensemble based in the UK, will perform Tokaido Road – A Journey after Hiroshige, a work about the artist Hiroshige composed by Nicola LeFanu and with a libretto by Nancy Gaffield.
Buy tickets from Shepherds Walks, Coquetdale Centre, Church Street, Rothbury or via www.alwintonconcerts.org