Not one, but three events to kick off the summer festival of music

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This year’s Alwinton Summer Concert Series is quite literally opening with a bang.

On Saturday the series begins with not one, but three musical events, all taking place at St Michael and All Angels Church in Alwinton.

At 11am accordionist Bartosz Glowacki, winner of Polish Young Musician of the Year, will run a workshop for accordion players of all abilities.

The group will focus on the accordion’s contribution to a range of folk and traditional music.

Bartosz Glowacki is one of the leading lights of a new generation of accordionists. His artistic goal is to continue to improve awareness of the accordion in classical music, as well as to develop a new repertoire for his instrument. 

After studies in Poland, he came to London, and in 2015 graduated from The Royal Academy of Music with a first-class diploma and Regency Award for noticeable achievements. In 2016 he completed his postgraduate studies there with distinction. He is one of the City of Music Foundation 2016 Artists and Artist-in-Residence at Aldeburgh Music.

John Casken

John Casken

At 2pm a pair of young percussionists, O Duo, made up of Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell, will lead a fun-filled, interactive percussion workshop for children between the ages and six and 14.

Everyone will play an instrument in a mass samba, as well as have the opportunity to play other drums and marimbas. O Duo are especially pleased to welcome children with homemade instruments.

Alongside international performances, in recent years O Duo were appointed Artistic Directors of the Children’s Classic Concerts series in Scotland, revealing their artistic quality, passion for commissioning new repertoire and dedication to education work.

They have performed across the world. Highlights include appearing twice at the BBC Proms, at the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park and at the Barbican as part of BBC Symphony Orchestra’s 80th anniversary concert.

Finally, at 7.30pm, all three musicians will play in a concert of international music that includes pieces from Italy, America, Spain, Poland, the Balkans, France and Brazil.

The Alwinton Concert Series artistic director John Casken said: “I am delighted to welcome these internationally renowned young musicians to Alwinton.

“The contribution each of them makes to the contemporary repertoire and to the work of living composers is as outstanding as their musicianship.”

Tickets for workshops, which are priced at £2 per person, and the concert, from £13 to £15, can be booked on the concert series website at www.alwintonconcerts.org