Wednesday 29th April 7.30pm / Main House


(part of the Alnwick Music Society 2019-2020 Season)


Schubert           Impromptu in F minor, D 935/1

Fauré                  Thème et Variations, op. 74

Schumann       Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26

Poulenc              Trois Novelettes

Schubert           Piano Sonata in A, D959


Alasdair Beatson will begin this recital with a Schubert Impromptu and end with one of his three final Piano Sonatas. In between there are lesser known, but fascinating, works by Fauré, Schumann and Poulenc.


Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson works prolifically as soloist and chamber musician.  Highlights of the 2018/19 season included a solo recital in London’s Kings Place, appearances at Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh, Resonances and Ernen Festivals, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and collaborations with Adrian Brendel, Steven Isserlis, Viktoria Mullova, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric String Quartet, the Gringolts Quartet and the Nash Ensemble among many. Throughout the season he was Chamber Pianist in Residence at Sage Gateshead.


“… extraordinary set of performances … pristine pianism … musicianship of the highest order.”

Glasgow Herald

Performance Dates and Times

Wednesday 29th April 7.30pm

Full Price: £16.50 | Adult (age 19-30): £6 | Child (Under 18): Free

Cast & Creatives

2019-20 Season

Alnwick Music Society is delighted to be back at the Playhouse for the remaining five concerts in our 2019-20 season.

Musical highlights include Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet, Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Trio and Franck’s Violin Sonata, as well as works by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Scarlatti, Prokofiev,  Fauré and Mendelssohn, to name but a few.

There are two wonderful pianists. I have heard Dinara Klinton twice and have been impressed on both occasions. Born in the Ukraine but living in the UK, she was a pianist in this year’s Leeds Piano Competition. Alasdair Beatson has a growing reputation as a soloist and accompanist. He has been a regular performer with the Royal Northern Sinfonia this season, playing with the orchestra but also in chamber recitals.

We also have a quality young Piano Trio, the Busch Trio, who were top class when they came to Morpeth.

The excellent Sacconi Quartet, who have been together as a group since 2001, will play music by Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn and Schubert.

We are also thrilled to have a brilliant string player, Lawrence Power, who will play the violin as well as the viola in a programme of romantic music, accompanied by Simon Crawford-Phillips.

Mike Alexander, Chairman of Alnwick Music Society

Your Visit

We look forward to your visit!

We recommend you arrive in good time to collect any tickets – the Box Office will be open for 1 hour prior to any evening events in addition to daytime opening hours.

Parking is located to the rear of the Playhouse in the public car parks. Parking discs are required to be displayed until 6pm and are available from the Visitor Information Centre located within the Playhouse building. Please check individual car park signs for any time restrictions.

Grab a bite to eat at McKenna’s or why not relax and enjoy a drink in our Playhouse Bar? The bar will be open Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-10.30pm and serves an extensive range of drinks including draught and local bottled beers, wines, a specialist gin list and cocktails.