The North East will supply the talent for three of this year’s BBC Proms concerts in London – including the very first one on July 17.
At the so-called First Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Lars Vogt, music director designate of our own Royal Northern Sinfonia, will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo
The televised concert will serve as a taster of the Mozart journey that Lars Vogt and Sage Gateshead’s resident orchestra will embark upon during the 2015-16 classical season, recently announced.
They will perform the same piece at the Gateshead music venue on October 30.
The Royal Northern Sinfonia wind section will also perform at the Proms as a part of the chamber music programme on July 27, playing Carl Nielsen’s Wind Quintet to mark the 150th anniversary of the Danish composer’s birth and Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds with renowned pianist Christian Blackshaw.
Finally, making it a Sage hat-trick, Quay Voices, the venue’s youth choir for singers aged 14 to 19, will be one of four choirs making up the BBC Proms Youth Choir.
Quay Voices will join the Hallé Youth Chorus, the Royal Welsh College of Music Chorus and the Ulster Youth Chorus for a performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, on the penultimate day of this year’s Proms festival, September 11.
They will perform the same programme three days earlier in Birmingham.
Sage general director Anthony Sargent said: “I’m delighted that three of this year’s BBC Proms, now with a global audience via Radio 3 online, feature Sage Gateshead artists.
“After Royal Northern Sinfonia playing several past orchestral Proms, we’re thrilled that the virtuoso quality of our musicians is recognised this year by a chamber Prom, while for our young Quay Voices to sing two concerts with the peerless Vienna Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle will be an unforgettably exciting experience for them.
“For Lars Vogt also to be the soloist on the televised First Night of the Proms really is the icing on the cake.”