The Avison Ensemble play almost exclusively period instruments and are thus best experienced live, in the smaller more intimate venues where we prefer to play. Below is a diary of our upcoming performances, so check back often as we regularly add new performances throughout the year. Alternatively, signup for our mailing list to be kept informed of new concerts and Avison Ensemble events.


Mar Sat 10 10am to 3pm

The Avison Ensemble's Young Musicians' Awards Final 2018

The Avison Ensemble's Young Musicians' Awards Final 2018 will showcase the young classical musicians in the North East region. Join us for a day of outstanding music making from the incredible young talent in the region.

Due to the popularity of our annual Awards the Finals will take place in two sessions on Saturday 10th March between 10am to 3pm with Grades 1 - 6 in the morning, and Grades 7 & above and small ensembles in the afternoon.

Click here for more on our annual Young Musicians' Awards.

FREE EVENT. No ticket necessary but donations at the Door will be used to help fund our education programmes. Thank you.

This event is as part of our Avison Workbooks Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and one of Avison's manuscript Workbooks will be on view. Click here for more information about the Avison Workbooks Project.

We're grateful to The Literary and Philosophical Society for helping us present this year's Awards

The Literary & Philosophical Society
23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
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FREE EVENT. No ticket needed. Donations at the Door welcomed. Thank you.


Mar Sun 25 7pm

Bach's St. John Passion at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral Choir
The Avison Ensemble
Conducted by Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral

We are delighted to be performing Bach's St. John Passion with the Choir of Durham Cathedral in the stunning surroundings of Durham Cathedral and under the direction of Daniel Cook, who has recently taken up the position of Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral having been Sub-Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Westminster Abbey.

Bach's St. John Passion was the first setting of the passion story that he composed after assuming the prestigious position of cantor at the Thomas Church in Leipzig, being first performed on the afternoon of Good Friday, 7th April 1724. Of the two surviving Passions by Bach, the St. Matthew Passion is the more impressive, but the St. John Passion is the more dramatic. It is not as comforting and consoling as the St. Matthew Passion and is the more stark and painful evocation of the Passion story.

The St. John Passion is a compelling biblical narration of the crucifixion story, with a penetrating reflection of the meaning of the events as described by John. Listeners find themselves alternating between active participation in the events and meaningful contemplation. The conclusion of the St John Passion is very different from that of the Matthew; it is affirming, confident and assuredly looking forward to the life beyond, whereas Matthew leaves us simply with entombment.

Durham Cathedral
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Tickets: £8 to £28.

Tickets available from Durham Cathedral Visitor Desk, by phone on 0191 3387 178 or online here.