Concert organisers in search for a star

NSTE Kathryn Tickell & The Side
NSTE Kathryn Tickell & The Side

Organisers of the hugely successful Alwinton Summer Concert Series are on the hunt for the next best original UK composer.

Judges will be on the look out for an original piece inspired by traditional music and composed by someone living in the UK. The winning work will be performed next year by Northumberland’s own Kathryn Tickell and her band The Side.

The entries have to engage with the tradition from which Kathryn and The Side take their inspiration - in broad terms the folk-music tradition of the British Isles.

The group’s artistic director John Casken said: “The jury is not necessarily looking for a piece of modern folk-music, but one that uses elements of this tradition in an imaginative and effective way.

“The winning piece will be unconducted and must be capable of being rehearsed so that the players can make an efficient use of the limited time that will be available. It should last no longer than five minutes and the score should include music for the folk fiddle or Northumbrian pipes; the piano accordion, the cello and the Scottish Lever Harp, not concert harp.”

Deadline for the scores marked with a pseudonym is Friday, March 11. Three finalists will be informed by March 25.

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