This new and exciting series combines live concerts by nationally and internationally known performers, educational events for those who would like to know more about classical music, and an opportunity for local musicians to perform alongside world-famous professionals.
Running from August until November, the 2019 series will focus on the string quartet, and comprise three concerts, three talks about each of the concerts and will culminate in a workshop and a large-ensemble performance. You will find more details of the performers and the programme at www.berwickmusic.org.
Each event can be booked separately or you can buy a Series Pass here, which gives entrance to all eight events. We are keeping the price of a Series Pass very low (£36) to encourage people who might not normally attend concerts or lectures to take advantage of our programme. However, running the Series is an expensive exercise, and you can contribute a bit more by buying a Patron Series Pass instead (£50).
The most perfect expression of human behaviour is a string quartet. Jeffrey Tate
A string quartet can be either a group of four string players (two violins, viola and cello) or a piece of music that these players can play. String quartets of both forms have existed from the 1750’s to the present day. They represent one of the finest and most expressive musical forms and one that has been taken up by almost all the leading composers.
15 August: The Art of the String Quartet I. The first of three lectures by Prof Mike Worboys, introducing the string quartet form and discussing the works to be played on Aug 24th. 1pm to 3pm.
24 August: Concert by the Dulcinea Quartet, 1pm to 2pm. Programme: Mozart, Barber, Schubert.
5 September: The Art of the String Quartet II. The second of three lectures by Prof Mike Worboys, This lecture will chart the historical development of the string quartet and its famous ensembles, and review the Sep 11th programme. 1pm to 3pm.
11 September: Concert by the Frankland Quartet of the Northern Sinfonia, 1pm to 2pm. Programme: Haydn, Medeksaite, Ravel.
14 November: The Art of the String Quartet III. This final lecture will select a bucket list of “unmissable” string quartets and review the Nov 21st programme. 1pm to 3pm.
21 November 12 noon to 2 pm Concert by Quatuor Bozzini. Programme: Shostakovich, Worboys, Weeks.
2.30 to 5 pm Workshop: Sound in Space, Space in Sound, presentations by invited speakers on the relationships between music and the spaces that they invoke and in which they are performed.
6.30 pm to 7.30 pm Community Performance. James Tenney In a Large Open Space.
Venues: The concerts will take place at the Watchtower Gallery, 79 West End, Berwick TD15 1HE. The lectures and workshop will take place at the Parish Centre, and the community performance will take place at Berwick Parish Church, both at Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DF
The Community Performance is part of Great Northumberland 2019 and is sponsored by Northumberland County Council.
All are welcome and no previous knowledge is assumed.