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New season of classical Sunday concerts for Seaton Delaval


Performed by talented local musicians – starts Sunday 10th September 

Building on the success of last season’s classical concerts in Seaton Delaval, local music enthusiast Alan Coxon is planning to delight audiences with an even larger programme this year, starting on Sunday 10th September.

Alan, (57) who took up piano with a vengeance himself, after a gap of 40 years, has put together an ambitious and varied series of seven concerts involving highly talented North-East musicians and choirs.

All concerts will take place at Elsdon Avenue Church, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland and tickets are £8 for each concert.

First up on Sunday 10th September at 3pm will be two very well-known, local musicians –  virtuoso violinist Martin Hughes, accompanied by pianist David Murray. The programme includes: Cesar Franck’s sonata; The Lark Ascending; the theme from Schindler’s list and many more beautiful, familiar pieces.

On Sunday 15th October at 3pm will be concert pianist Adam Taylor whose programme includes Chopin’s personal favourite Ballade No.1 in G minor and also Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes op 13.  Adam, originally from Newcastle, has worked professionally as a pianist since 2010 and performs regularly as a soloist throughout the UK and abroad.  

The 70-strong, famous Backworth Male Voice Choir takes centre stage on Sunday 19th November. The choir was founded by the local miners of Backworth Colliery in 1951 and although the pits are long gone, the choir is more active than ever and continues to perform to packed audiences in the North East as well as internationally.   

In the New Year, on Sunday 14th January you can enjoy piano entertainment performed by a variety of young pianists all living and studying in the North East. They are at different stages in their musical journeys, but all are extremely talented and accomplished. The age range varies from around 8 years old to early 20s because this ‘show’ is a deliberate mix of very young pianists at the beginning of their musical journey and everything in between – as well as advanced pianists playing virtuosic repertoires and embarking on musical careers.

Further 2018 concerts in this series include: accomplished piano and cello duo David and Christopher Murray in February; the “Voices of Hope” (winners of the Choir of the Year) in March; and New Generation Artists – a selection of the finest local music students – in April.

Retired engineer Alan Coxon, driving force behind this Seaton Delaval musical extravaganza, says: “I genuinely want to encourage local people of all ages to enjoy the beauty of classical music played live, at a very low cost.  There’s also such a wealth of musical talent in the North East and I’m keen to give these accomplished musicians the opportunity to showcase their music to the public – as well as to promote Elsdon Avenue Church. We’ve got a great line-up for our 2017- 2018 concert series so we’re hoping lots of people of all ages can come along, enjoy the music and maybe even feel inspired to take it up themselves like I did!”

For more information on the Elsdon Avenue Concert Series 2017-2018, please visit or call 0191 237 6116

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