Summer concerts unveiled

Chris Stout and Catriona McKay.
Chris Stout and Catriona McKay.

An ‘exciting’ programme of concerts featuring high-class, international musicians will grace Upper Coquetdale this summer.

Alwinton Church, with its fine acoustics, will play host to a series of recitals and performances over the next few months.

The season opens on Sunday, May 17, at 3pm, with great English baritone Sir Thomas Allen and his fine accompanist Caroline Dowdle.

The concert will feature songs by English, German and American composers that remember and touch on the experience of the First World War.

On Saturday, June 6, the virtuoso pianist Kenneth Hamilton will perform a programme of fantasies, including music by Chopin and Liszt, as well as rarely-heard work by the visionary Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. His recital begins at 7.30pm.

The third concert, on Saturday, June 27, features exciting recent work by Nicola Lefanu based on a Japanese story, Tokaido Road.

This staged performance, in costume and with video projections, will be preceded in the first half by traditional Japanese music and pieces influenced by Japanese music. It promises to be a feast for both eyes and ears.

Before the 7.30pm concert, there will be a workshop of Japanese music at 2pm, which is open to all and free of charge.

The season will conclude on Saturday, July 11, at 7.30pm, with a performance by virtuoso duo Chris Stout and Catriona McKay, who bring their own brand of traditional music.

They will share the concert with The Tempest Flute Trio, three young women who are making a name for themselves in their performances of new compositions and arrangements of popular and jazz pieces.

Artistic director John Casken said: “Alwinton Church has become an important centre in the region for innovative concerts by international artists. The 2015 summer season is exciting.”

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