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Top orchestra to perform at Sunderland school

The Royal Northern Sinfonia has performed at major concert halls around the world but next week it will entertain at a North East school

Royal Northern Sinfonia
Royal Northern Sinfonia

The Royal Northern Sinfonia has performed at major concert halls around the world but next week it will entertain at a North East school.

The concert, featuring a string of classical favourites, will take place at the Red House Academy in Sunderland on March 28 at 3.15pm.

It has been organised by the Cultural Spring, the £2m Arts Council-funded project aimed at increasing arts engagement in areas of Sunderland and South Tyneside, and Sunderland Music Education Hub.

On the concert programme will be works by Mozart, Strauss, Handel, Britten and Prokofiev.

Tickets to see an orchestra which has been described as one of the most exciting in Europe will cost only £2.

Based at Sage Gateshead, the orchestra was founded in 1958 by musicologist and producer Michael Hall and last year had the title of ‘Royal’ bestowed on it by the Queen.

It has worked with many of the world’s great classical artists, including Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Gidon Kremer, as well as popular contemporary artists such as Sting and The Pet Shops Boys.

Rebecca Ball, project director for the Cultural Spring, said she was delighted to present such a prestigious orchestra on Wearside.

“It’s a real coup for us and we’re thrilled to bring such fantastic musical talent to the city,” she said.

“The Cultural Spring aims to bring excellent art and artists to our communities and we hope having an internationally-renowned orchestra performing in Red House will inspire and enthuse anyone who hears them.

“The tickets are priced to ensure anyone who wants to experience live classical music can do so.”

Dr Therese Quincey, principal at Red House Academy, said the school was thrilled to host the orchestra. “The staff and students at Red House Academy feel very privileged to host this unique event,” she said.

“There is a strong culture of music in our schools. This event will allow our school community and our wider community to experience a renowned orchestra on home ground and will facilitate an audience that perhaps has never visited Sage Gateshead.

“We have many talented musicians in the academy and in our primary schools. Within a short period of time we have had evening performances of Bugsy Malone, have been involved in The City Sings and are now hosting an orchestra.

“Students developing their own musical talent and skills will have the chance to see professional musicians at work. What an opportunity!

 “We are also very excited by the prospect of the Cultural Spring and what it will bring to Sunderland. This is an opportunity to broaden all of our cultural experiences without having to travel miles.”

To book tickets for the concert, call the box office at the Customs House, South Shields, on 0191 454 1234. The event is open to all although children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or carer.

The three-year Cultural Spring project is working in 10 council wards in Sunderland and South Tyneside with partners Sunderland University, the Customs House and Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust.

The Cultural Spring’s spectacular launch event, The Great North Passion, is a joint project with the BBC which will culminate in a live BBC1 broadcast from Bents Park, South Shields, on Good Friday.

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