Join in with workshops

Jacob and Susanna.
Jacob and Susanna.

A feast of musical riches comes to Alwinton again this summer with four concerts, ranging from classical to folk.

The programme has been put together by artistic director John Casken and his energetic team and follows on from the successful 2012 season.

All four concerts will be held in Alwinton Church, which nestles into the hillside at the foot of the Cheviot Hills.

The season kicks off on Saturday, May 4, with the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.

This dynamic and innovative ensemble’s programme consists of music from Rimsky-Korsakov and Albeniz to Catriona McKay, together with music from the movies, such as Frida, Il Postino and Motorcycle Diaries.

Next up will be the Northumbrian Exchanges, on Saturday, May 25.

The Exchanges is an exciting collaboration between Newcastle University’s International Centre for Music and the Northern Early Music Collective.

It is a programme that brings together traditional music from Northumberland and other parts of the British Isles with music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods.

The concert presents music from the two repertoires as well as a dialogue between folk and early music, including a newly-composed work by Matthew Rowan, and performers include Jacob Heringman (lute) and Susanna Pell (viol da gamba).

An afternoon concert is being held on Sunday, June 23, at 3pm.

This will be given in collaboration with The Sage Gateshead by Northern Sinfonia Ensemble, who will present a showcase of music for wind/strings by composers Dvořák, Britten, Martinů and Tabakova.

The climax of the summer concert season will be the great British baritone Sir Thomas Allen on Saturday, July 13.

He will be accompanied by the internationally-acclaimed pianist Caroline Dowdle in Schumann’s marvellous Dichterliebe (Poet’s Love), and a series of English songs, including Northumbrian.

All concerts, apart from the one on June 23, start at 7.30pm.

Ticket prices vary according to the seating plan.

Advance tickets are available from Tully’s of Rothbury or from www.alwintonconcerts.org.

Unsold tickets will be available on the door.