Royal Northern Sinfonia: Nordic Magic
Grieg Holberg suite (21 mins)
Nielsen Clarinet Concerto (24 mins)
Sibelius Symphony No.3 (26 mins)
Catherine Larsen-Maguire conductor
Magnus Holmander clarinet
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Sibelius’ Symphony No.3 is the musical equivalent of sleek Scandinavian design. After the bombast of his first two symphonies Sibelius stripped things right back, opting for simplicity, brevity, and directness. We start the concert with Grieg’s Holberg Suite, a piece both comforting and bracing – imagine looking out over a vast Nordic landscape but wrapped up warm inside a big cosy coat. With some folk dance thrown in. Another example of Scandinavian simplicity, Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto is, despite its economy of means, a pensive, raw, and intense piece. Tonight’s performance will be given a magical flourish by soloist Magnus Holmander, who is sure to conjure up a performance the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before…
Concessions are available for:
- North East First Timers
- 17 & Under and Unemployed (in receipt of benefit)
Coaches run from Alnwick, Hexham and Carlisle for this concert. Find out more and book here.
Catherine Larsen-Maguire, conductor
Following ten years as principal bassoonist at the Komische Oper Berlin, Catherine Larsen-Maguire turned her focus exclusively to conducting in 2012, having acquired an extensive knowledge of the repertoire, a superlative musical ear and an in-depth awareness of orchestra psychology; since then she is a sought-after conductor with orchestras in Europe as well as South America. The 2021-22 season sees debuts with the London Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Royal Northern Sinfonia in the UK, the Orchestre de chambre de Genève and the Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois in Switzerland and the Göttinger Symphonieorchester in Germany, as well as returns to the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra with which she enjoys a longstanding relationship and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, following a successful debut there in 2020-21.
Catherine Larsen-Maguire places great emphasis on working with younger musicians and enjoys working with and training youth ensembles around the world; 2021 includes projects with the Young Israel Philharmonic and the Landesjugendensemble Neue Musik Berlin. She was a jury member for the Besançon Competition in 2017 and 2019, and for five years held a guest professorship in conducting at the University of the Arts, Berlin.
Magnus Holmander, clarinet
He is the musician who can make a music stand levitate and a clarinet to literally vanish right in front of your eyes. Magnus has, through his unique combination of music and magic, created his very own niche in the world of classical music. His career took off when Swedish superstar Martin Fröst, 2013, invited Magnus to participate as a clarinettist, dancer and magician in the show Dollhouse, which was performed at a number of concert halls around the Nordic region.
Magnus Holmander’s experimental curiosity, both as a musician, artist and magician, has inspired many Swedish composers to write music dedicated to him, including Andrea Tarrodi, Jacob Mülhrad, Benjamin Staern, Molly Kien, Klara Stirner and Ylva Fred. Magnus has also collaborated with many composers such as Rolf Martinsson and Anders Hillborg.
Magnus Holmander has already performed in several of the largest concert halls in Europe such as Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Royal Festival Hall London, Cité de la Musique Paris, Kölner Philharmonie Cologne, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, BOZAR Brussels, Auditorium Milano and Müpa Budapest to name but a few. In 2019 he was honoured with a Rising Star 2019-2020 Award by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) and the same year he was mentioned in the magazine Opus as one of the 20 most influential musicians in Sweden.
Magnus did his bachelor and master studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm studying for Hermann Stefánsson and Emil Jonason.
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.