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.


Jul Sat 08 1:10pm

Gordon Dixon & John Treherne - cello recital

Part of the William Shield and Beyond Festival 2017

As part of the week-long William Shield and Beyond Festival 2017 organised by Community Music Whickham and Swalwell, the Avison Ensemble's executive director and cellist Gordon Dixon and pianist John Treherne will be performing Schubert's ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata and they will be giving the first performance of a new work by Steve Halsey, ‘Fantasia on a Founde Tune’ based on an air from ‘Rosina’ by William Shield. John Treherne will also be performing Hummel's ‘Les charmes de Londres’ 1. Theme Anglais opus 119 no. 1. (Variations on ‘The Ploughboy’ from William Shield’s opera ‘The Farmer).

Born in Gateshead, William Shield (1748-1829) became a noted violinist in Newcastle before moving to Scarborough to lead a theatre orchestra. From 1773 he was principal violist at Covent Garden where he also worked as a composer. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick by George III in 1817. Shield was a great plunderer of folk tunes - in his case, mostly from his native Northumbria.

Further details about the concert and the William Shield Festival can be found here.

The Literary & Philosophical Society
23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
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Tickets: £6, free to under 18s.