Thursday 5th October 7.30pm / Main House


Piers Adams (recorders), Angela East (cello), Julia Bishop (violin), David Wright (harpsichord)

Part of the Alnwick Music Society 2023-24 season



Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi and Couperin

given the unique energetic Red Priest treatment.

Red Priest – recently described in the New York Times as “the wildly virtuosic little band” – has been at the cutting edge of baroque music performance for over a quarter of a century.  Formed in 1997 by recorder virtuoso Piers Adams, together with violinist Julia Bishop, cellist Angela East and the late Julian Rhodes, harpsichord (a role now filled by David Wright) – and named after the original ‘red priest’ Antonio Vivaldi – the quartet has developed a truly unique style, combining high-energy performance, boundary crossing arrangements and theatrical presentation, delighting audiences across the globe.

If you think baroque music is dull, then be prepared to have your view not only changed but transformed. This group of musicians bring great energy, superb musicianship and a sense of fun to all the music they perform.

“Red Priest is like no other early music instrumental ensemble you have ever heard… bringing glee to the concert scene… transforming Baroque clichés into vivid drama, often at terrific speed and with practised coordination…. [with] a bedrock of tremendous skill and timing.”                   Daily Telegraph 

Performance Dates and Times

Thursday 5th October 7.30pm


Standard £18 | 19-30 years £6 |18 and under Free


Running Time: TBC

Your Visit

We look forward to your visit!

Parking is located to the rear of the Playhouse in the public car parks. Parking discs are required to be displayed until 6pm and are available from the Visitor Information Centre located within the Playhouse building. Please check individual car park signs for any time restrictions.

Grab a bite to eat at the Playhouse Kitchen or why not relax and enjoy a drink in our Playhouse Bar? The bar serves an extensive range of drinks including draught and local bottled beers, wines, and gins.