RNS: Bach to Bach
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Rachel Podger director/violin
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Bach Sonata from Cantata BWV31 ‘Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret’
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major
Bach Violin Concerto in A minor
Bach Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major
From the grand sweeping majesty of his 3rd Orchestral Suite, via the vibrant Violin Concerto to the jubilation of the opening Sonata, this concert showcases Bach at his best. Royal Northern Sinfonia is joined by baroque specialist Rachael Podger, known for the sheer joy she radiates on stage, to direct this concert. Join us for a concert full of verve, energy and exuberance.
For a taster of the programme, have a listen to our Spotify playlist here or below.
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Join us from the comfort of your own sofa for the live stream of the concert, which will be streamed as a live experience from our iconic Sage One hall. The live stream will be also be available to watch on demand for 48 hours from midnight on Friday 11 June.
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Pre-Concert Performance (Additional ticket required)
As well as the concert in Sage One, we will also be offering free chamber music on our Concourse before each show, performed by musicians from RNS. If you would like to come along please make sure you book a table, where you will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy a drink while you listen.
Please note, there are a limited number of tables available, which must be booked at the same time as your ticket. For your safety, we will be running table service only – all of our usual café and bar areas will be closed.
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Rachel Podger, director/violin
Rachel Podger, ‘the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin,’ (The Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018, and the Ambassador for REMA’s Early Music Day 2020. A creative programmer, Rachel is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque. Rachel is Patron for The Continuo Foundation.
Following an exciting and innovative collaboration, A Guardian Angel, with the ‘impeccable’ (Gramophone) vocal ensemble VOCES8, Rachel was thrilled to be one of the Artists in Residence at the renowned Wigmore Hall in 2019/2020. Alongside this, Rachel and Christopher Glynn recorded the world premiere of three previously unfinished Mozart sonatas which were completed by Royal Academy of Music Professor Timothy Jones for release in March 2021.
Royal Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a worldwide 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 major festivals, including the BBC Proms. They appear frequently at venues and festivals in Europe, including La folle journée in Nantes. In recent seasons they have toured to Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul and Tokyo.
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