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Bradley Creswick to perform with Newcastle school orchestra

A big night is in store for the precociously talented young musicians of a North East string ensemble

Members of the Brandling string ensemble
Members of the Brandling string ensemble

A big night is in store for the precociously talented young musicians of a North East string ensemble.

Guest starring with Brandling, comprising girls from Newcastle’s Central High and Church High schools, will be Bradley Creswick, the celebrated leader of the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Bradley, who regularly performs with established stars of classical music, evidently feels the girls are up to the task of sharing a concert platform. But he will be keen to pass on some tips.

The girls, in turn, are keen to learn from one of Britain’s most dazzling violinists.

Brandling player Angela Lochmuller said: “Bradley Creswick is a fantastic performer and violin player, so it will be great to learn how to perform from him.

“He is inspirational and performs with so much energy.

“When he plays it feels like you are the most important person in the room.”

Celia Stoddart added: “We are all really excited about the concert. It is an amazing opportunity for us.”

Bradley Creswick was first appointed leader of the North East’s professional chamber orchestra in 1984.

He left three years later to lead the London Philharmonia but in 1994 returned to the North East to lead the orchestra which is now resident at Sage Gateshead and this year was renamed the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Also on stage with Bradley tonight will be Eleanor McEvedy, Megan Fletcher, Ramya Naranayan, Sophie Isaacs and Abigail Southgate, from Central High, and Andre Sammutt from Church High.

The two Jesmond-based schools are to merge in September next year to become Newcastle High School for Girls.

Tonight’s concert at Central Newcastle High School, Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, will feature Vivaldi’s Concerto for four violinis, one of Bach’s Brandenburg concertos and works by Handel and Purcell.

Tickets are free and available from the school reception. Tel. 0191 281 1768.

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