Monday 2 August 2021

New season, new principal conductor, new leader: Royal Northern Sinfonia begins its 2021/22 concert series

Berlioz: Les nuits d'été - Dame Sarah Connolly, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Dinis Sousa at Sage Gateshead, April 2021 (photo taken from live-stream)
Dame Sarah Connolly, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Dinis Sousa at Sage Gateshead
April 2021 (photo taken from live-stream)

Saturday 18 September 2021 not only marks the start of the Royal Northern Sinfonia's 2021/22 season, performing in front of a live audience at Sage Gateshead, but it will be Dinis Sousa's debut as the ensemble's new principal conductor [we will be featuring an interview with him this coming Saturday] and Maria Włoszczowska's first concert as leader of the orchestra. The programme features a new commission, a collaboration between composer and DJ Mira Calix and filmmaker Sarah Turner to reflect local people’s experiences of the past 18 months, plus Shostakovich's Cello Concerto no. 1, with soloist Anastasia Kobekina, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.

The orchestra's season continues with Joana Carneiro conducting a programme featuring accordion player Ksenija Sidorova in Piazzolla's Bandoneon Concerto plus music by John Adams and Beethoven. And Sousa returns to the podium with pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja for Schumann's Piano Concerto plus Beethoven and Mozart. Other concerts include Catherine Larsen-Maguire conducting Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto with soloist Magnus Holmander, alongside Grieg and Sibelius, and Sir Roger Norrington conducting an eclectic all-Haydn programme inspired by Haydn's London concerts, not so much learned colloquy as pot-pourri of musical styles from songs (with Susan Gritton), chamber music and symphonies.

Full details from the Sage Gateshead website.

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