Events

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.

April

Apr Sat 28 11am

The Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Awards 2018 Award Winners' Concert

Our Award Winners' concert celebrates the best young musical talent in the region!

The concert will include performances from the winners of this year's Young Musicians' Awards together with performances from some of the other finalists. The award winners will also be presented with their Awards. Our concert is a great showcase of the young talent we have in the North East!

Come and join us and help encourage our young musicians!

Click here for more on our annual Young Musicians' Awards and here for more on our education and outreach work.

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
NE1 1SE
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FREE EVENT. No ticket needed. Donations at the Door welcomed. Thank you.

This event is part of our Avison Workbooks Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Click here for more information on our Avison Workbooks Project.

May

May Wed 09

Exhibition: Charles Avison

Exploring the music and heritage of Britain's foremost concerto composer

Charles Avison (1709-1770) played an outstanding role in 18th century Newcastle as organiser of the town’s most important musical entertainment. He successfully ran subscription concerts from the mid-1730s until his death in 1770. He also composed extensively and is regarded as Britain’s foremost composer of concertos in the 18th century. Of national importance in his day, Avison’s international reputation today rests not only on his important compositions but also on his Essay on Musical Expression, the first book in English to discuss the aesthetics of music.

The exhibition will celebrate Avison’s life and legacy through examples of his music compositions and works. The exhibition includes a rare opportunity to view his two manuscript Workbooks – volumes containing more than 600 manuscript pages of his music composition sketches and music by others. These Workbooks are very rare survivals showing how 18th century composers wrote their music.

The exhibition will look at Avison’s significance to Britain’s heritage and explore his important local connections and colleagues. The exhibition will also showcase the international revival of Avison’s music and reputation by the Avison Ensemble.

The exhibition will appeal to anyone with an interest in Newcastle’s history as well as anyone who is passionate about 18th century music and culture.

The exhibition has been organised by the Avison Ensemble in conjunction with Newcastle City Library and has been made possible with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Charles Avison Exhibition is part of our Avison Workbooks Project.

Newcastle Collection Showcase, Level 6
Newcastle City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8AX
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THE CHARLES AVISON EXHIBITION OPENS ON TUESDAY 9th MAY AND RUNS UNTIL THE END OF JULY

FREE EXHIBITION.

The Charles Avison exhibition is part of our Avison Workbooks Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Click here for more information on our Avison Workbooks Project.

May Fri 11 2:30pm

The man they named the library after: Charles Avison – making money and music: talk by Dr Roz Southey

Charles Avison Exhibition event

As part of the Charles Avison Exhibition Dr. Roz Southey explores Avison's ingenuity in making music and money in Newcastle.

Eighteenth century England saw a massive growth of consumerism in leisure activities – including horse-racing, cock-fighting, the theatre, novels, and music. The middle classes became increasingly rich and were looking for things to spend their money on. Newcastle-born Charles Avison was one of those who took advantage – an excellent businessman as well as an outstanding musician, Avison provided concerts, instruments, music and teaching for men and women in the town with time and money on their hands.
In the process, he made himself wealthy in a profession that was usually very precarious. Although there were occasional setbacks on the way …

After the talk there will be a brief introduction to the Charles Avison Exhibition at the Newcastle Showcase on Level 6.

Dr. Southey is a musicologist who has a particular interest in placing Avison in the context of music making in England and the North East in the 18th century. Her new book Charles Avison in Context: National and International Musical Links in Eighteenth-Century North-East England, which she has edited with Dr. Eric Cross, has just been published.

This talk and the Charles Avison Exhibition are part of our Avison Workbooks Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Bewick Hall
Newcastle City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8AX
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FREE EVENT but must be booked in advance.

How to book your place:

This talk and the Charles Avison exhibition is part of our Avison Workbooks Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Click here for more information on our Avison Workbooks Project.

May Sat 19 2pm

Charles Avison's musical legacy and his impact as a composer and author: talk by Dr Simon Fleming

Charles Avison Exhibition event

As part of the Charles Avison Exhibition Dr. Simon Fleming explores the importance of Avison's music to Newcastle's heritage and England's musical history.

This talk will explore the importance of Charles Avison and his compositions to the history of British music. His music was widely performed in his lifetime and in the early 19th century, and his name and significance was kept alive through not only his music but also his writings on music theory. Exploring the revival of interest in Avison’s music, the talk will consider the recent reassessment of his importance not only to Newcastle’s heritage but also his significance as a composer of national importance.

After the talk there will be a brief introduction to the Charles Avison Exhibition at the Newcastle Showcase on Level 6.

Dr Fleming has written many important articles on Charles Avison's music and his importance to England's musical history and he has published several arrangements of Avison's music.

This talk and the Charles Avison Exhibition are part of our Avison Workbooks Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Room 7, Level 6
Newcastle City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8AX
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FREE EVENT but must be booked in advance.

How to book your place:

This talk and the Charles Avison exhibition is part of our Avison Workbooks Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Click here for more information on our Avison Workbooks Project.

May Sat 19 7:15pm to 9:15pm

Avison Ensemble at the Late Shows: drop-in concert

Charles Avison Exhibition event

We're part of this year's Late Shows, the free late-night culture crawl in Newcastle and Gateshead where museums, galleries, studio collectives and landmark historical buildings come together to offer visitors one-off events. Read more about the Late Shows here.

The Ensemble will be performing a drop-in event to introduce audiences to Charles Avison's Workbooks, which are on display in the Charles Avison Exhibition, revealing their significance to Newcastle's heritage and to the history of music. Performing throughout the evening the event will include some of Avison’s music written in manuscript in the Workbooks. The performance will begin with the presentation of the Avison Ensemble’s Archive to the City Library.

Join us at City Library and explore the wonderful music contained in Charles Avison's Workbooks!

This event and the Charles Avison Exhibition are part of our Avison Workbooks Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Bewick Hall
Newcastle City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8AX
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FREE DROP-IN EVENT. No ticket needed.

This event and the Charles Avison exhibition is part of our Avison Workbooks Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Click here for more information on our Avison Workbooks Project.

May Sun 20 2pm

Charles Avison's Workbooks come alive!

Pavlo Beznosiuk and Caroline Balding (violins), Sascha Bota (viola), Liza Beznosiuk (flute), Richard Tunnicliffe (cello), Roger Hamilton (harpsichord), Tim Amherst (bass)

The Avison Ensemble celebrates the legacy of Newcastle's 18th century composer Charles Avison through a concert of his music and music by his contemporaries. As well as music by John Garth,Handel and Vivaldi, the Ensemble will bring to life music from Avison’s manuscript music Workbooks, one of which will be on view at the concert.

The display of Avison's Workbook has been made possible as part of our Avison Workbooks Project supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Literary & Philosophical Society
23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 1SE
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Tickets: £10 / £5 concessions / under 18s free
Tickets available on the door or in advance through the Lit and Phil on 0191 232 0192 or library@litandphil.org.uk

This concert is part of our Avison Workbooks Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Click here for more information on our Avison Workbooks Project.