Church plays host to musical tradition

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TICKETS go on sale later this month for a series of concerts at Alwinton Church combining different musical traditions performed by an impressive line-up of international artists.

The first show at the Upper Coquetdale venue is on Saturday, May 5, with music for wind and piano played by Michael Cox and Richard Simpson, principal flute and principal oboe of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Janet Simpson, keyboard player of the Hallé Orchestra, will accompany them, and the programme is to include duos and trios ranging from Vivaldi and Bizet, to Poulenc and Lutosławski.

The second show is on Saturday, May 26, and features the highly-renowned and virtuosic Shetland fiddler Chris Stout and Scottish harpist Catriona McKay.

They will share the evening with the young, dynamic Kudos Percussion Duo who will play music for two marimbas and African drums.

An afternoon workshop will take place beforehand, at 2pm

On Saturday, June 30, the talented Rivoli String Quartet, will bring a programme of music by Mozart and Ravel, together with the First String Quartet by Erwin Schulhoff – a Czech Jewish composer whose work pulses with Slavonic folk music.

The finale to the 2012 summer concert season will see Bradley Creswick, leader of Northern Sinfonia, returning to Alwinton.

He will play Paganini Studies, pieces influenced by gypsy music, Bartók’s great Sonata for Solo Violin, and will be accompanied by Vivien Wood who will dance to some of the music.

They will share the concert with the Perunika Trio, a group of Bulgarian singers who incorporate Bulgarian, Macedonian and Russian traditional and Orthodox chants into their programme.

The Trio will hold a singing workshop at 2pm.

All concerts begin at 7.30pm and tickets can be obtained in person from the Congregational Gallery, Upper High Street, Rothbury, from Tuesday, or at www.alwintonconcerts.org, where full details can be found.