Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Awards 2017 Winners' Concert, The Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle, Saturday 6 May 2017
This year's Avison Ensemble Young Musicians' Awards 2017 Winners’ Concert was held on Saturday 6 May 2017 at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle.

Winners from this year’s Awards performed and they were joined in the concert by one of this year’s Finalists and a previous Winner of the Awards. The Winners were also presented with their trophies, certificates and scores, as well as a year’s membership of the Literary and Philosophical Society’s Library.

On view during the Concert was one of Charles Avison’s music Workbooks. Autograph manuscripts by Avison were practically unknown until the Avison Ensemble acquired his two autograph music Workbooks in 2002. The Workbooks provide a rare glimpse into how Avison and other 18th century composers devised their music, as well as containing previously unknown pieces by Avison and transcriptions of music by others. These manuscripts are therefore of great importance both to the cultural history of Newcastle and the North East and to our understanding of the musical world in England in the 18th century.

The Avison Ensemble is highlighting the existence and importance of the Workbooks through a series of events and learning projects in Newcastle and the North East with funding awarded by The Heritage Lottery Fund. www.hlf.org.uk/

The Awards were set up in 2006 to encourage young musical talent across the North East Region. The entrants to the Awards receive tuition and guidance, as well as important encouragement to continue their musical education. Everyone taking part in this event is given the same expert advice and assessments. The finalists are also assessed on their talents for live performance.

We're grateful to the Gillian Dickinson Trust . www.gilliandickinsontrust.org.uk, the Hays Travel Foundation www.haystravel.co.uk/foundation and The Sir James Knott Trust www.knott-trust.co.uk for supporting this year's Awards and the Winners’ Concert.
And we're also grateful to the Literary and Philosophical Society for hosting this year's Winners’ Concert and for generously presenting each of the Winners with a year's membership of the Library. www.litandphil.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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