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A Special Northumberland Royal Northern Sinfonia Performance

Posted on 24 January 2019



A Northumberland couple who won a one-off, special performance from Royal Northern Sinfonia musicians, invited residents from nearby villages along to enjoy the prize too.

Ken and Alison Carlisle, of Barrasford, won a personal performance from the RNS quartet after being entered into a prize draw following their donation to the orchestra’s 60th anniversary appeal.

They decided to open up the prize to friends and family of the Tynedale community and hold the recital in their nearby Church of St Giles in Chollerton.
Alison Carlisle described the concert on the night “It’s been amazing; everyone we’ve spoken to has said how much they’ve enjoyed this evening.”

Ken Carlisle added: “We’ve always enjoyed being part of the Royal Northern Sinfonia family; supporting the orchestra since the early days and attending many concerts over the years and so it was a great surprise when we received the call to find out we’d won the prize draw. We love the orchestra, and so supporting them in their special anniversary year seemed only right.”

As part of the orchestra’s 60th birthday, Sage Gateshead – which is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia – is appealing for contributions to help support the social and community work carried out by the orchestra, enabling them to take the very best in classical music to as wide an audience as possible. Four musicians from the orchestra, Iona Brown (violin), Jane Nossek (violin), Tegwen Jones (viola) and Daniel Hammersley (cello) all played at the church.

Iona, Principal First Violin, Royal Northern Sinfonia, said: “The community is a vital part of our work. We’re really trying to reach people who don’t have easy access to Sage Gateshead and who haven’t yet discovered classical music and discovered its joy and how fantastic it is.”

Rev. Sarah Lunn added: “It’s lovely to see the church full for something of a really good quality. The acoustics worked brilliantly. We hope they’ll come back.”

With a target of £60,000 to be met by the end of the 18/19 classical season (June 2019), the appeal is for donations to either mark the year the orchestra was founded with a monthly direct debit of £19.58 or a donation of £60 or more to help celebrate the 60th anniversary. As an incentive, anyone who donates is entered into a prize draw. The winner is given the opportunity for a quartet/quintet to play in their living room or local community centre and the chance to chat to the musicians afterwards – a chamber ensemble in their chamber!


For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Gaynor Ellis, PR and Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
E. [email protected] T. 0191 443 4690

Emily Taylor, PR and Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
E. [email protected] T. 0191 443 4617

Notes to editors:

Sage Gateshead is an international music centre and renowned conference and event venue located in the North East of England. It is for artists, for audiences and for the North.

Every year it welcomes more than two million visitors. More than 400 concerts featuring all kinds of local, regional and international music, take place all year round. Music-making and learning activity takes place not only in the building but across the region, with 190,000 people of all ages taking part in over 10,000 music classes and workshops.

The iconic building, designed by renowned architects Foster + Partners, is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia and is a place where emerging artists are nurtured through dedicated programmes and festivals.

As a charity, the support it receives helps to ensure everyone in the community can experience the joys of music.

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Lars Vogt Music Director
Julian Rachlin Principal Guest Conductor
Thomas Zehetmair Conductor Laureate

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a world-wide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences. The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms, this year performing Handel’s Water Music at The Stage @ the Dock in Hull – the first Prom performed outside of London since 1930. They appear frequently at venues and festivals in Europe, and last season toured in South America, China and South Korea.

RNS has worked with conductors and soloists Christian Tetzlaff, Olli Mustonen, Reinhard Goebel, Katrina Canellakis and Nicholas McGegan; a host of world class singers including Sally Matthews, Karen Cargill and Elizabeth Watts, and collaborated with leading popular voices such as Sting, Ben Folds, John Grant and Mercury Rev.

RNS has commissioned new music and has always been actively involved in local communities and in education. Musicians support young people learning musical instruments through Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training and through In Harmony, a long-term programme in Hawthorn Primary School in which every child in the school learns a musical instrument and plays in an orchestra.