Monday 22 August 2022

Royal Northern Sinfonia celebrates return of Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East with Music and Spirituality season at Sage Gateshead

The Lindisfarne Gospels (Photo British Library)
The Lindisfarne Gospels (Photo British Library)

The Lindisfarne Gospels return to the North East next month when, from 17 September to 3 December 2022 they will be on display at the Laing Art Gallery, on loan from the British Library [further information from the Laing Art Gallery website]. In celebration, the Royal Northern Sinfonia will be joined by conductor James Weeks and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly at Sage Gateshead on Friday 23 September 2022 for Spiritual Sounds, exploring spirituality in sounds, words and images, with artwork from the Gospels accompanying music from Hildegard of Bingen and Purcell, plus John Tavener's Supernatural Songs and Arvo Pärt's Orient and Occident [further information from the Sage Gateshead website].

The concert is part of the orchestra's season at Sage Gateshead exploring Music and Spirituality. Things kick off on 17 September when principal conductor Dinis Sousa conducts the orchestra in music by Ives, , Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Beethoven's Piano Concerto (with pianist Jeremy Denk), plus Ives' The Unanswered Question and Kurtág's intriguing response, Ligatura-Message (The Answered Unanswered Question). Sousa returns on 14 October and will be joined by cellist Anastasia Kobekina in Kaija Saariaho’s Nymphea Reflection, Schumann’s Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No.8.

Other concerts include Gemma New, principal conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducting music by Barber, Stravinsky, Copland and Ibert, with two of the orchestra's  new Section Leaders as soloists, clarinettist Cristina Mateo and flautist Charlotte Ashton.  And the orchestra's conductor laureate Thomas Zehetmair appears on 25 November with Walton’s Viola Concerto (soloist featuring Ruth Kilius), and Vaughan William’s Symphony no.2 ‘A London Symphony’, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth. And the New Year sees another welcome returnee, Lars Vogt directs a programme of Mozart and Dvorak from the piano including Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23.

The season at Sage Gateshead does not just include the Royal Northern Sinfonia, there are visits from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner, the Belgian National Orchestra and Roberto González-Monjas, The Hallé and Mark Elder, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Domingo Hindoyan.

Full details from the Sage Gateshead website.

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