Lunchtime series starts in earnest

THE new series of Autumn Lunchtime Concerts at St George’s United Reformed Church in Morpeth begins on Wednesday.

The first concert features Juliette Bausor — the Principal Flautist of the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra — and David Murray, who will accompany Juliette on the piano.

Both artists have very distinguished musical careers. Juliette, who began playing the flute at the age of five, graduated with a first class honours degree in 2001 and previously in 1998 won the woodwind final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

She has regularly performed as a soloist in major venues and festivals throughout Britain and abroad.

Recent engagements include recitals in both the Brighton and Buxton festivals as well as concerto performances with the European Community Chamber Orchestra. Abroad, Juliette has given solo recitals in Budapest, Munich, Tokyo, Namibia, Thailand and Vietnam.

As well as her work with the Northern Sinfonia, she also currently performs with the London Mozart Players.

David Murray has been recognised as one of the most acclaimed pianists in the north for many years and is in constant demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber music partner.

His performing career has taken him all over the UK as well as to France, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Hungary. He is also the choral trainer and conductor of Bishopwearmouth Choral Society, Ryton Choral Society and Hexham Abbey Festival Chorus.

He has played with the Northern Sinfonia for many years as orchestral pianist.

With performers of this high pedigree, the first concert in this new series promises to be a musical delight.

The concert begins at 12.30pm and lasts approximately for one hour. Tickets are priced at £3 and a season ticket for all four concerts in the series is £10.

The three other concerts will take place on October 19, November 16 and December 7. They will feature Anthony Harbottle (tenor), Emma Straughan (oboe), Charlotte Kennedy (violin), Voicemale and St Aidan’s RC School Choir among others.

Anyone who would like further information should contact Gillian Irvine on 01670 515870.