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Join three of the North East’s most exciting musical exports as they perform their own music, arranged especially for Royal Northern Sinfonia to kickstart the orchestra’s 60th birthday weekend and show just how versatile a 21st century chamber orchestra can be.
Ever-changing and politically charged, Maxïmo Park perform their irresistible pop songs about anger, hope, resistance and, above all, empathy – a knockout fusion of music and message from a band on extraordinary form.
“a band whose eminently zealous live show has only blossomed over the years“ Line of Best Fit
Already friends and collaborators of Royal Northern Sinfonia, Field Music will be bringing to life their recent album Open Here with expanded orchestration following on from their performances with their Open Here Orchestra earlier in the year at the Northern Stage and Barbican in London.
“No other existing British group gets near their level of creativity, nor manages to fuse lyrical and musical complexity with the sense of people in love with the lyrical properties of great music“ Mojo
Du Blonde, AKA Beth Jeans Houghton, is a multidisciplinary artist and musician, working with animation, illustration, sculpture, video editing, songwriting and music production. Having recently stepped off a UK tour with Ezra Furman, Du Blonde performs new material alongside songs from her critically acclaimed album, Welcome Back to Milk.
“there is something unique here that sets her aside from her contemporaries“ The Girls Are
Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading professional orchestra in the North East. This event is part of the Orchestra’s 60th birthday celebrations. For 60 years, Royal Northern Sinfonia has been delighting audiences across the region and beyond and truly is a local chamber orchestra with a global reputation.
RNS’ Big Birthday Bash, 21 – 23 September, showcases different aspects of the orchestra’s work and also includes the Big RNS Kids’ Birthday Party for ages 5+, RNS Moves featuring both disabled and non-disabled musicians, and the Big RNS Birthday Gala concert which launches the 2018/19 season in style.