Last week there was stark data that in cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 population, Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and Middlesbrough are top of the leader board. As a nation we collectively toyed with the idea that Covid-19 was a great leveller and then came to our senses, as the irrefutable evidence about the profile of…
Abigail's blog: ‘This will only exist in the moment…’
Blog: An Open Conversation - The Future of Inclusive Ensembles
Five Minutes with: Marta Gardolińska
Ahead of conducting Royal Northern Sinfonia in a programme of Beethoven Symphony No.2 and Symphony No.5, we caught up with young conductor Marta Gardolińska to ask her all about what Beethoven means to her, and why he is still relevant today.
Abigail's Blog: The Brexit Blog
Earlier this week Royal Northern Sinfonia headed out of the UK to France – a journey within the European Union as EU citizens. This Saturday they will leave the European Union as they cross the border to return to the UK as non EU citizens. In between they will play 5 concerts with their Music…
Somewhere beyond La Mer
Royal Northern Sinfonia tour Nantes whilst the Orchestre National de Lille visit Sage Gateshead, both travelling either side of Brexit day.
Abigail's blog: The Roaring Twenties
A wise man said to me last week that he thought that 2020 had not yet revealed itself. I agree. But fair enough – it’s early doors. Last week at Sage Gateshead we had a series of events called The Roaring Twenties. It was a look back at what was happening musically a century ago…
Five minutes with... Steven Hudson (oboe)
We chatted to Steven Hudson, Section Leader Oboe of Royal Northern Sinfonia, about his upcoming concerto performance and how it feels to be leaving the orchestra after seven years.
Five minutes with... John Suchet
This February, we’ll be celebrating 250 years since Beethoven’s birth – and what better way to celebrate than by performing all nine symphonies? Find out more about the man and his music from Classic FM's John Suchet.
Rediscover Beethoven in 2020
Rediscover and celebrate the music of Beethoven at Sage Gateshead this year, and celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.
Blog: From the perspective of an Early Years tutor
Carol Bowden, Programme Leader, Early Years. For the past 12 years I have been working as an Early Years Music Leader at Sage Gateshead where we run Mini Musician classes for 0-4 years and Baby Musician classes for 0-12 months. These weekly family music-making classes are immersive sessions, designed to support children’s love of music…
New Year's Day Concert: An Interview With Jessica Cottis
Ahead of Royal Northern Sinfonia’s New Year’s Day Concert, we caught up with conductor Jessica Cottis to find out more about her role, what she’s looking forward to about the concert, and her resolutions for the year ahead. How has 2019 been for you? It’s been quite an extraordinary year, actually. It’s been super…
Abigail's blog: Prevention and cure
With both my parents and my children succumbing to the flu which has been rampaging around and living in a solidly red constituency during a labour election campaign which has been big on health, my awareness of the NHS has been high over the past few weeks. Prescriptions have been on my mind one way…
Blog: Music Live Under Five: Where our youngest musicians play and learn
Sage Gateshead’s weekly family music-making classes support children’s love of music and learning from an early age. The Mini Musicians classes for 0-4 years and Baby Musicians classes for 0-12 months include songs, dances and games which help to gently support development and help you experience just how magical music can be for the whole…
Royal Northern Sinfonia Chorus tells all about Haydn's Creation
When Joseph Haydn turned his hand to the greatest story of all time – the creation – his imagination simply bubbled over. Filled with sparkling melodies and blockbuster choruses, singing The Creation on October 25 will be a real treat for the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia. “I feel like a kid presented with a…