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.

May

May Sun 27

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 WEDNESDAY 9th MAY AND RUNS UNTIL TUESDAY 31st 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.