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The chamber orchestra connects us to centuries of artistic expression and musical achievement while remaining an inspiration for composers of all genres today.

RNS performances can transport you from the grandeur of 18th-century Austria to the tumult of 20th-century America to the natural beauty of 19th-century England in a single concert. They can also tell you something new about the now.

We will connect the story of classical music’s development to our ideas, to our history, and to how we choose to live our lives.

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Classical Period

Music as a conversation




The music of the classical period is as varied as it is dynamic. Here we present a selection of our favourite works, as chosen by those closest to RNS. Look out for more content in coming weeks.

In the first in our series of  ‘My Favourite…’ playlist infographics, Abi Groocock, who joined RNS 2018 as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator, picks out her favourite classical period works. As a Durham University Music Graduate, Abi knows a thing or two about classical repertoire, and is a keen musician herself. So, who better to start this series of ‘My Favourite…’ ?

Scroll down to take a look at Abi’s selection – you may be surprised at some of the fascinating titbits she has uncovered, both about the musicians and the works themselves.

If you like what you see but are not familiar with the works, Abi has even created a Spotify Playlist just for you ⇒




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