Orchestra North East to return to Newcastle Cathedral for showcase concert in October
A classical extravaganza is set to chase away the autumn blues in October as a popular regional symphony orchestra returns to Newcastle Cathedral.
Orchestra North East, which was a resounding success with the public city landmark in March, will be back on October 29 for a musical evening that promises to “lift the spirits”. The evening offers a second chance to see the concert following the success of a performance earlier this month at the Gala Theater in Durham.
And it will feature famed violinist Bradley Creswick, former frontman of Sage Gateshead’s Royal Northern Sinfonia and now enjoying his honorary title of “emeritus leader”, who will be a soloist for the evening. The 7 p.m. concert will open with Symphonic Variations by Hubert Parry, which Peter Chester, member of ONE, describes as an interesting musical “find” that will give free rein to the strengths of the orchestra.
Next, more familiar to audiences, is Beethoven’s Violin Concerto played by Creswick who, after learning the violin at age 12, went on to become one of the country’s most respected and popular professional violinists. In addition to its long association with Sage Gatesheadhe conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestras and Royal Opera House.
His performance will be followed by Jean Sibelius’ Second Symphony, considered the composer’s most popular work. “It’s always a way to lift the spirits, rounding off what promises to be a great musical evening,” says Peter, adding: “We have already heard from some members of the Durham public that they will be there in Newcastle, to hear it all over again.”
The Durham concert was the orchestra’s first in the city since before the pandemic and the musicians, encouraged by the reception it has received, are looking forward to rehearsing the program and enjoying the beautiful acoustics of the Renovated Newcastle Cathedral.
The conductor of the evening will be Thomas Blunt who last conducted the orchestra in 2014. Peter said: “He is one of the most versatile conductors of his generation, with a repertoire ranging from Bach to contemporary music; major symphonic engagements, such as the London Philharmonic, at the Glyndebourne Opera House.”
For more on Orchestra North East, see here and for concert tickets, which cost £16; £14 for reduced fares or £8 for students plus booking fee, see here. Accompanied young people aged 16 and under can attend for £1, which will be payable at the door, from 6.30pm in the evening.