Berwick Music Series (BMS) is organised by Berwick-upon-Tweed Educational Association, in association with artistic director, Prof. Michael Worboys.
The aim of BMS is to celebrate classical and contemporary music played by small ensembles, such as string quartets. BMS features established and recent music played by nationally and internationally known performers. There is also the opportunity to showcase work by composers from the North East.
BMS began in 2019, with three lunchtime concerts spanning dates between August and November , three talks on works in the programme, related schools activities, a sound installation, a research workshop, and community performance. A highlight of the 2019 season was a day with Quatuor Bozzini. A video showing highlights of the final day of BMS 2019 can be found HERE.
BMS 2020 was cancelled due to COVID.
In 2021 we ran a curtailed programme with half-sized audiences. The season was enlivened with outstanding performances from violist Stephen Upshaw and the Frankland Quartet.
In 2022 we are planning a programme around the theme of solo string instruments, with highlight performances from Darragh Morgan (violin), Fiona Winning (viola), and Anton Lukaszevieze (cello). We are also running a composition for composers, sponsored by the Berwick Town Council.
The principal venue for the series is Berwick Watchtower Gallery, 79 West End, Tweedmouth, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 2HE.
The BMS Advisory Committee members are as follows:
Prof. Sam Haydon, Trinity Laban Conservatoire
Dr. Martin Parker, Edinburgh University
Julian Smith, Berwick resident
Prof. Martin Stokes, Kings College, London
Dr. James Weeks, Durham University