Church-ceiling collapse prompts the relocation of piano recital

Kenneth Hamilton
Kenneth Hamilton

Recent damage to Alwinton Church has forced an upcoming concert to be moved to an alternative venue.

Kenneth Hamilton, pictured, is one of this country’s most exciting pianists and he was due to perform at the church on Saturday, June 6.

However, following the collapse of part of the church’s ceiling earlier this month, the recital will now take place at Thropton Music Centre, which is next to The Three Wheat Heads pub.

It is the second time that organisers of the Alwinton summer concert season have had to move an arranged music event to another venue, as a result of the damaged ceiling. The first concert,on May 17, was relocated to All Saints Church, in Rothbury.

Artistic director John Casken said: “The day before our first concert, part of the ceiling at Alwinton Church fell in. It was an area of old plaster that fell down covering the front two pews on the south side with rubble.

“These problems with the ceiling that caused the first concert to be moved to Rothbury at very short notice remain unresolved, so the Kenneth Hamilton concert on June 6 will take place in Thropton. We are hoping that it will be possible to hold the following concert, on June 27, in Alwinton.”

Kenneth’s recital, which starts at 7.30pm, will feature a programme of fantasies. For details, including ticket prices, visit the website