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Royal Northern Sinfonia: Brahms

Thu 12 Apr

19:00

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"There is no better chamber orchestra in Britain" - The Guardian

 
Programme
MENDELSSOHN Capriccio for String Quartet in E minor, Op. 81 No. 3
05' Str 11110
MOZART String Quintet in C, K515
34' Str 11210
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BRAHMS String Quintet no. 1
27' Str 11210

Brahms’ first string quintet shows his love of baroque music with the subtle integration of baroque dance movements he had originally written for the piano. The scoring for string quartet with a second viola produces rich texures, and we hear Brahms at the height of his creativity in what the composer himself described as “one of my finest works”.


Royal Northern Sinfonia

Music Director: Lars Vogt Lars Vogt
Principal Guest Conductor: Julian Rachlin
Conductor Laureate: Thomas Zehetmair

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a world-wide 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 the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms, this year performing Handel’s Water Music at The Stage at the Dock in Hull – the first Prom performed outside of London since 1930. They appear frequently at venues and festivals in Europe, and recently toured to South America, China and South Korea.

In recent seasons RNS has worked with conductors and soloists Christian Tetzlaff, Olli Mustonen, Reinhard Goebel, Katrina Canellakis, Nicholas McGegan, a host of world-class singers including Sally Matthews, Karen Cargill and Elizabeth Watts, and also collaborated with leading popular voices such as Sting, Ben Folds and John Grant. 

RNS has commissioned new music, recently by Benedict Mason, David Lang, John Casken and Kathryn Tickell, and in the 2015/16 season launched a new Young Composers Competition.

RNS has always been actively involved in local communities and in education. This season the orchestra will perform across the region in Kendal, Middlesbrough, Carlisle, Berwick, Barnard Castle and Sunderland, as well as in Gateshead. Musicians support young people learning musical instruments through Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training and through In Harmony, a long-term programme in Hawthorn Primary School in which every child in the school learns a musical instrument and plays in an orchestra.