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Berwick Music Series 2021

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Watchtower Gallery

79 West End

Tweedmouth

Berwick-upon-Tweed

TD15 2HE

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The Berwick Music Series is back, with concerts, talks, workshops, exhibition and sound installation.

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The Berwick Music Series combines live concerts by nationally and internationally known performers, and educational events for those who would like to know more about classical and modern music. There is a Northern flavour to this year's Series: there are North Eastern composers featured in our concerts, one of our lectures is on composers from the North East; and we have a composition competition on the theme "North".

Running over three week-ends in September and October, the 2021 series will comprise two concerts, a talk before each of the concerts, and a composition competition (with the entries showcased in a performance and prize-giving). In addition, there will be a Chant workshop, and a Sound Installation put together by the Berwick schools. You will find more details of the performers and the programme at www.berwickmusic.org

Early booking is advised, as capacity will be limited: due to COVID restrictions, we are only issuing fifty tickets for each concert. You will find our COVID precautions here.

You can buy a Series Pass here, which gives entrance to all events. We are keeping the price of a Series Pass very low (£20) 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 (£30). You can also book tickets for individual events by following the links below.

PROGRAMME

EVENT 1

Lecture: Composers of the North-East

Zoom

Friday, September 24, 5.00 - 6.00 pm

Michael Worboys, BMS Artistic Director

From Charles Avison to John Casken; from William Shield (Auld Lang Syne) to James Weeks, this lecture will attempt a necessarily incomplete survey of composers of north-east England from the 18th century to the present day. It will also provide an introduction to some of the contributions from north-east musicians to BMS 2021.

Individual ticket £4.

EVENT 2

Performance: Stephen Upshaw, viola

Watchtower Gallery

Saturday, September 25, 2.00 pm

American violist Stephen Upshaw regularly appears in festivals around the world including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, and the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival. He is a member of the Solem Quartet and, as a noted interpreter of contemporary music, is also a member of London’s Riot Ensemble. He has worked closely with many of today’s leading composers, including John Adams, Thomas Adès and George Benjamin. He has been the artistic director of “Sounding Motion” – a company exploring the relationship between live contemporary chamber music and dance. Stephen has also toured regularly in the USA, Europe and Asia with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He was recently a featured guest on BBC Radio 3’s ‘This Classical Life’.

A native of Atlanta, Stephen studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Stephen plays a 1715 Daniel Parker school viola currently made available to him by Nigel Brown and the Stradivari Trust.

Programme

Errollyn Wallen LAVINIA

Michael Worboys Allanton Air

J.S. Bach. Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009, transcribed for viola

John Casken. From One Thread

György Kurtág Selections from ‘Signs, Games and Messages’

For programme notes, click here.

Individual ticket: £12

EVENT 3

Lecture: The Chamber Music of Felix Mendelssohn,

Zoom

Friday, October 8, 5.00 pm

Michael Worboys, BMS Artistic Director

The chamber works of the German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) range from early piano quartets begun when he was only 12 years old, through the magnificent Octet (1825) to a large collection of mature works culminating in pieces such as his last completed chamber piece, the String Quartet in F minor, written in the year of his death. This talk will briefly survey the range of work, before focusing on the String Quartet in A minor, to be performed by the Frankland Quartet. This work was composed in 1827, a few months after the death of Beethoven, and relies heavily on compositional techniques of the late Beethoven string quartets. It is Mendelssohn’s first mature string quartet and a fine example of work in the early romantic period.

Individual ticket: £4

EVENT 4

Performance: Frankland Quartet

Watchtower Gallery

Saturday, October 9, 2.00 pm

Sophie Appleton violin

Sarah Roberts violin

James Slater viola

Daniel Hammersley cello

Berwick Music Series welcomes back the Frankland Quartet, remembered for their stunning performance of the Ravel quartet here in 2019. Formed in 2017, the Frankland Quartet’s musical identity is embedded in the North East of England. Long-time colleagues in Royal Northern Sinfonia, the region’s professional chamber orchestra, all four of its members share a deep commitment to the cultural life of the area, inspired by its landscape, its history and communities. The Frankland Quartet’s music-making is dedicated to an equal marriage of past and present, and a desire to look beyond the standard repertoire, championing composers from outside the traditional canon, including female composers and underrepresented groups. They are also committed to the voices of the North East, and work regularly with the region’s leading composers. In 2019 The Frankland Quartet became Quartet-in-Residence at Durham University, leading workshops and coaching for the university’s student ensembles, performing student compositions, and giving recitals, most recently of Ravel, Tippett and Medekšaite in April 2021.

Programme

William Marsey, Be nice to see you

Michael Worboys, Coming to Rest

Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartet in A minor, op. 13

For programme notes, click here.

Individual ticket £12

EVENT 5

Chant Workshop

Watchtower Gallery

Saturday, October 23, 2.00 – 3.30pm

The physical and emotional benefits of chanting have been well documented in the scientific literature. In this workshop, participants will learn about chanting traditions around the world and have the opportunity to sample several chanting practices, from Japanese chant to a modern American chant about pandas. All are welcome and no previous experience or ability with singing is needed. Come and experience the joy of making sound in a group!

This workshop is free, but please register here.

EVENT 6

Finals of the BMS International Composition Competition: Theme - North

Watchtower Gallery

Sunday, October 24, 1.00 - 2.00 pm

This event is free, but please register to reserve a seat.

EVENT 7

Exhibition and Sound Installation: "ReMixed"

Berwick Gymnasium

Saturday, October 30 to Sunday October 31

A sound installation and exhibition, where remixing as an art and means of musical expression will be explained, explored and demonstrated, created by Berwick's schools, with support from the Reid School of Music at Edinburgh University.

Entrance to the Gymnasium is free.

All are welcome and no previous knowledge is assumed.

If you book this course online, we will hold your personal data in accordance with our privacy policy. If you do not wish us to hold your personal data, please book by post (see www.berwickea.co.uk) and do not supply an email address.

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Watchtower Gallery

79 West End

Tweedmouth

Berwick-upon-Tweed

TD15 2HE

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Organiser Berwick Educational Association

Organiser of Berwick Music Series 2021

Website: http://berwickea.org/organiser/berwick-educational-association/

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