Norrington Presents: Dr Haydn's London Academy
Symphony No.103 ‘Drumroll’, movements 1 & 2 (17 mins)
Set of English Canzonettas (15 mins)
String Quartet Op.76 No.5 (19 mins)
Symphony No.103 ‘Drumroll’, movements 3 & 4 (10 mins)
March for the Prince of Wales (5 mins)
Set of English Canzonettas (14 mins)
Symphony No.101 ‘The Clock’ (29 mins)
Sir Roger Norrington conductor
Susan Gritton soprano
Steven Devine fortepiano
Royal Northern Sinfonia
A radical, a genius, and an entertainer. All of these words are apt descriptions of Haydn, but also of tonight’s conductor, Sir Roger Norrington. Sir Roger is a true icon of classical music, a revolutionary who shook up music and made us think and listen afresh, championing period performance styles to strip away the years of accumulated routine from performances of composers like Haydn who we had started to take for granted.
Concerts in 18th Century London were often known as ‘Academies’. But despite the scholarly title these evenings were entertainment, mixed bills of orchestra, start soloists and chamber music. More ‘Friday Night is music Night’ than The Proms. Tonight’s concert is a recreation of one of these academies, a potpourri of styles, with music ranging from sentimental song to two of the composer’s greatest symphonies (the Sun, no less, proclaiming No.103 as ‘A fine mixture of grandeur and fancy) via the unorthodox and melancholy String Quartet No.76.
Concessions are available for:
- North East First Timers
- 17 & Under and Unemployed (in receipt of benefit)
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Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
For 50 years Roger Norrington has been at the forefront of the movement for historically informed orchestral playing. Whether with his own London Classical Players in the 1980s, with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, or Zurich Chamber Orchestra in recent years, or with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from its foundation, he has sought to put modern players in touch with the historical style of the music they play. The work involves orchestra size and seating, tempo, phrasing, articulation and sound.
Sir Roger (he was knighted by the Queen in 1997) sang and played the violin from a young age, and began to conduct at Cambridge. He studied at the Royal College of Music and in 1962 founded the first of several groups for the performance of early music, the Heinrich Schütz Choir. This was followed ten years later by the London Classical Players, which established Norrington as a leading exponent of historical style.
Susan Gritton, soprano
Susan Gritton studied botany at Oxford and London Universities and won the 1994 Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Prize. Recognized as one of the finest and most versatile singers of her generation, her operatic engagements have included Liù (Turandot), Micäela (Carmen) and Marenka (The Bartered Bride) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Romilda (Xerxes), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) and the title role of Rodelinda at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) for Opera Australia and La Scala, Milan and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for the Opéra de Montréal and for the Bolshoi in Moscow. She has sung the title role in Theodora at the Glyndebourne Festival; Countess Madeleine (Capriccio) for Grange Park Opera and her many roles at the English National Opera have included Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen. She has also sung in innovative staged performances of Sibelius’s Luonnotar in London; Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher in Rome and Handel’s Messiah in Vienna.
She is a regular guest with many of the world’s great orchestras, working with conductors such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Antonio Pappano, Richard Hickox, Sir Bernard Haitink, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Daniel Harding and Sir Roger Norrington. A Grammy nominated artist, she has recorded prolifically.
Steven Devine, fortepiano
Steven Devine read Music St Peter’s College, Oxford and studied at the Royal College of Music. He currently holds the positions of Conductor & Artistic Advisor of The English Haydn Festival; Music Director of New Chamber Opera, Oxford; Director of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment series Bach the Universe & Everything; Artistic Advisor of the York Early Music Festival and Principal Keyboard of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is a member of the ground-breaking electronic music group The Art of Moog.
On the concert platform he has directed the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; the English Haydn Orchestra; Trondheim Barokk; Victoria Baroque Players, British Columbia Arion Baroque Ensemble, Montreal; the Academie d’Ambronay, the Mozart Festival Orchestra and St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra.
As a harpsichordist Devine’s recordings include Francesco di Fiore Concerto Ostinato on Zefir, Bach Das Wohltemperierte Klavier and the complete solo harpsichord works of Rameau on Resonus and Bach Italian Concerto and Goldberg Variations on Chandos. He directed a recording of Dido & Aeneas with the OAE and Sarah Connolly in the title role.
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.