ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA EMBARK ON SUMMER REGIONAL TOUR
Royal Northern Sinfonia will be touring the region’s beautiful churches this summer with five programmes of Nordic music inspired by the Great Exhibition of the North.
Following the success of its Baroque Christmas by Candlelight tour, the orchestra is leaving its home in Sage Gateshead to return to churches in Alnwick, Cullercoats, Darlington, Carlisle, Sunderland, Durham, Hexhamand Ponteland and are also very excited to have added Rothbury and Corbridge to the tour.
The tour – Nordic Summer Nights – will take place from Thursday 19 July to Saturday 4 August and will feature enchanting works by Sibelius, Nielsen and Grieg. It will include specially commissioned ensemble arrangements of Sibelius’ two best-loved symphonies Nos. 2 and 5. Anyone who can’t make the church performances can hear two of the programmes when the tour touches down at Sage Gateshead on 19 July and 3 August.
The tour leads up to the orchestra’s 60th anniversary season, which begins in September and will open with RNS’ Big Birthday Bash, a whole weekend of concerts showcasing different aspects of the orchestra’s work.
Thorben Dittes,Director Royal Northern Sinfonia and Classical Music Programme at Sage Gateshead, said: “These tours are so important to the orchestra, as we take our music out of our home venue to reach people who don’t usually come and hear us perform at Sage Gateshead. What better way to celebrate the Great Exhibition of the North than by taking this wonderful Nordic music out into our region.”
Churches on the tour are:
St Michael’s Church, Alnwick – 20 July, 26 July, 3 August
St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge – 20 July
St George’s Church, Cullercoats – 21 July, 1 August
All Saints Church, Rothbury – 24 July
St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington – 25 July, 4 August
St Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle – 25 July
Sunderland Minster – 27 July
St Cuthbert’s Chapel, Ushaw College, Durham – 28 July
Hexham Abbey – 31 July
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Ponteland – 4 August
Sage Gateshead – 19 July, 3 August
To see the full programme for Nordic Summer Nights or to book tickets click here.
For more information on Royal Northern Sinfonia’s 60th Birthday season click here.