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Thorben Dittes who has been appointed director, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Classical Music Programme

Thorben Dittes announced as director of resident orchestra Royal Northern Sinfonia

Thorben Dittes is to take up the post of running Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Sage's classical music programme

Stories of First World War service and hardship inspire Durham artists

Jean Spence, Jean Lowes and Jac Howard with their artworks inspired by the First World War
An exhibition in Seaham draws on the stories of men and women who suffered at home and overseas during 1914-18

Lights to go out in commemoration of the outbreak of war

Inside a WW1 trench with British and captured German soldiers, who have been disarmed although the picture from Annan's Frederick Gibbs shows they have still retained their ration tins and even a pipe.
Businesses, institutions and individuals are being asked to switch lights off as people reflect on a fateful moment in history

Stockton International Riverside Festival will attract thousands to the streets

Artica by Ponten Pie, one of the acts appearing at the Stockton International Riverside Festival
SIRF 2014 is bringing more than 100 theatre, dance and music productions to the town from July 31 to August 3

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