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Alwinton Summer Concerts 2015 programme announced

Sir Thomas Allen performs in the first of four concerts to be performed in the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Alwinton

Susie Ahlburg Sir Thomas Allen
Sir Thomas Allen

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


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