Summer showcase of music

Quatuor Danel
Quatuor Danel

A new, upcoming season of live music featuring highly-renowned performers has been described as ‘very exciting and ambitious’ by the programme’s artistic director.

Renowned Coquetdale composer John Casken believes the 2014 summer concert series at Alwinton Church will be both distinctive and innovative.

The Alistair Anderson Band

The Alistair Anderson Band

The curtain comes up on the season on Sunday, May 11, with a performance by the internationally-acclaimed Quatuor Danel with cellist Petr Prause.

The concert will include Debussy’s String Quartet and Schubert’s String Quintet in C.

On Saturday, May 31, Psappha, one of the UK’s leading contemporary music ensembles, will appear at the church.

The climax will be an unmissable music-theatre work, Eight Songs for a Mad King, by Peter Maxwell Davies, with Kelvin Thomas as the virtuoso baritone singing the role of King George III.

On Saturday, June 21, The Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers present a programme of sacred choral music, including Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor and Magnificat primi toni by the major Spanish Renaissance composer Victoria.

Renowned Northumbrian folk musician Alistair Anderson will bring the concert season to a close on Saturday, July 12. With his group of young musicians, The Alistair Anderson Band, he will perform one of his most recent and extended compositions, A Lindisfarne Gospel, as well as traditional Northumbrian music.

All concerts are 7.30pm, except for Quatuor Danel, who will perform from 3pm.

Tickets vary depending on seating position in the church. For pricing and more details about the concert season, visit the website.