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.


Dec Fri 14 1pm

The Bow, Soul of the Violin?

Pavlo Beznosiuk, violin

It is commonly believed that the only factor in producing a good violin sound is the instrument itself - the legendary creations of Stradivari and Guarneri reinforce this view. But all violinists know that the bow is at least as important if not more and that it is the finely-balanced relationship between the two that 'creates the magic'.

In this fascinating lecture/demonstration Pavlo Beznosiuk, music director of The Avison Ensemble, will chart the development of the violin bow from its very beginnings to the present day. Using historic examples from his own collection he will demonstrate how the bow’s evolution has contributed to changes in the sound and potential of the violin and violin music through the ages. With  musical extracts from the 15th to the 20th Century he will show how even small changes in design can have profound effects and unravel some of the mysteries of violin sound.

This event is part of Alnwick Gardens' Elderberries Programme which delivers over 34 sessions per month with the aim of reaching the local community and enriching the lives of everyone over the age of 55 who attends. Click here for further information about the Elderberries Programme.

We're grateful for support from The Joicey Trust, The Ridley Family Charity and The Rothley Trust for this event.

The Pavilion Room
The Alnwick Garden
NE66 1YU
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FREE EVENT with refreshments included.

Please contact to book a place. Click here for futher details of this event.

Dec Sat 15 7:30pm

Handel's Messiah 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 Handel's famous oratorio with the Choir of Durham Cathedral in the stunning surroundings of Durham Cathedral and under the direction of Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral.

Handel composed his Messiah in 1741 and continued to work on it after its initial performance, finally arriving at the version we know today in 1754. Impressive solo arias, including 'Ev'ry valley shall be exalted' and 'Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion' are interspersed with compelling choral sections telling the story of Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, and final victory over sin and death. And of course the rousing 'Hallelujah' Chorus is one of the most famous pieces of Baroque choral music, and by far the most widely-known section of Messiah.

Join us for a wonderful festive performance of Handel's ever-popular Messiah and enjoy this wonderfully upliftling music in the run-up to Christmas and in the splendour of Durham Cathedral.

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.