Island to host world premiere of Gospels piece

The countdown to the Lindisfarne Gospels coming to the region has begun after a special launch for what is being billed as a 'must-see' exhibition.
The countdown to the Lindisfarne Gospels coming to the region has begun after a special launch for what is being billed as a 'must-see' exhibition.

A work by a Northumbrian musician and composer will have its world premiere on the island where the Lindisfarne Gospels were painstakingly created 1,300 years ago as part of the celebrations for their return to the region.

Written and performed by the internationally-recognised ‘master of the English concertina’, Northumbrian piper and New Music Biennial Commissions winner, Alistair Anderson, the piece was commissioned and inspired by the arrival of the Gospels to their spiritual home in the North East.

It will be performed for the first time at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin on Holy Island on Saturday, June 29.

Described as ‘one of this country’s most majestic and inclusive instrumentalists’, Anderson has created a composition said to blend the sensitive sounds of traditional folk music with excitement and spirituality associated with the Gospels and will be joined in concert by Andy May, from the band Baltic Crossings, Rachel Newton of The Shee, Emily and Sophy Ball from the BBC Young Tradition winning band 422 and Fiona Beyer of the New Tyneside Orchestra.

Tickets for this event will be charged at £10, or £8 for a concession, and are available from the Maltings in Berwick. Booking fees apply.

The concert will begin at 2pm and conclude at 3.30pm, with a repeat commencing at 4pm and finishing at 5.30pm.

The performance times have been scheduled to coincide with the safe crossing times to the Island.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham, by North East playwrights Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood and also celebrating the Gospels, comes to the Alnwick Playhouse on July 12.