Ensemble takes sanctuary in island church

The continuing run of arts and music events on Holy Island to tie in with the return of the Lindisifarne Gospels sees a special concert take place in the island’s church later this month.

Christian Forshaw’s Sanctuary Ensemble has been delivering critically-acclaimed concerts in sacred spaces for over a decade and on Saturday, July 27, they will perform for the first time in the tranquility of St Mary’s parish church on Holy Island.

The line-up of voice, saxophone, organ and percussion presents haunting music from their four CDs and a new piece, The Hand of Eadfrith, composed for this performance.

The piece was commissioned as part of the celebrations around the Lindisfarne Gospel exhibition in Durham this year, and depicts the characters of Man, Lion, Calf & Eagle as illustrated by Saint Eadfrith within the gospels.

This promises to be a unique and magical experience from four world-class artists.

There will be two performances on the day, taking place at noon and 2pm.

Tickets for the concerts cost £11.50 or £9.20 concessions and are available from the box office of The Maltings, Berwick, on 01289 330999 or www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

The Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition in Durham opened last week and runs until the end of September.