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Society president to perform pre-season concert ahead of Playhouse closure

With an extraordinary career spanning four decades, Alnwick Music Society president Martin Roscoe is arguably one of the UK's best loved pianists and comes to Alnwick Playhouse on Wednesday.
With an extraordinary career spanning four decades, Alnwick Music Society president Martin Roscoe is arguably one of the UK's best loved pianists and comes to Alnwick Playhouse on Wednesday.

Alnwick Music Society’s president Martin Roscoe, one of the UK’s most respected pianists, will be performing a pre-season concert next week.

Entitled Nocturnes and Night Music, it will take place at The Alnwick Playhouse on Wednesday (June 20), at 7.30pm.

Commencing with a work by John Field, the inventor of the nocturne, Martin will cover music by a wide range of composers, including Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel, Faure and Szymanowski.

Among the less familiar fare will be a lovely piece by London-born composer Arnold Bax, composed in 1914, but never performed in his lifetime.

Its first professional performance was by Martin in a BBC recording in 1986.

Scriabin’s beautiful Nocturne for the Left Hand was written after the composer suffered damage to his right hand from over-practice, while Bartok’s exciting The Night’s Music conjures up the magical sounds of an Hungarian summer evening.

This feast of music, ideal for a June evening, will be a very special concert as it is the last opportunity for the society to present a piano recital before the Playhouse closes for a major refurbishment.

Next season’s concerts will be held at various venues in Alnwick. For details see www.alnwickmusicsociety.co.uk