Avison Ensemble ‘In Celebration!’ concert, King's Hall, Newcastle University, 17 March 2013
Our children's ‘In Celebration!’ concert was held in the presence of The Mayor of Gateshead Councillor Malcolm Brain and celebrated some of the best young musical talent in the North East. Winners from this year's Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Awards were joined by the Gateshead Schools Youth Orchestra (conducted by John Treherne MBE) and the Gateshead Schools Senior Wind Band ‘Notability’ (directed by David Milner). www.g-y-o.org.uk

The concert included the presentation of the 2013 Young Musicians' Awards by The Mayor of Gateshead. The engraved glass awards were created by the North East glass artist Dominic Fonde and are inscribed with music from the Avison workbooks. These are displayed in the winners' schools for a year. The Awards were founded in 2006 and this year's Awards and concert have been supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

The Avison Ensemble is the outstanding period instrument orchestra based in Newcastle upon Tyne, which plays and popularises the music of Charles Avison (1709-1770) and other English classical composers of the Baroque period, such as Garth, Arne and Herschel. The Ensemble also performs Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Geminiani, Pergolesi, Teleman, Rameau, Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

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