|ACTIVITIES||In 2009 Orchestra North East emerged from the long-established regional orchestra, Durham Sinfonia, which was founded in the 1960s by a group of musicians led by a prominent violinist and teacher, the late Derek Downes.
Orchestra North East is a registered charity, number 1081465 and the name reflects the regional membership of the Orchestra and we hope its regional reputation.
The Orchestra is both delighted and proud that in 2015 the distinguished conductor John Wilson accepted our invitation to become the Orchestra’s Honorary President.
|MEMBERSHIP||Largely amateur in membership, the players are drawn from across the North East, from North Yorkshire, Teesside, Durham to Northumberland, and they usually come together for three major concerts per year, usually in Durham, each preceded by a week of intensive rehearsal.
The Cathedral and the Gala Theatre are our usual venues, although we have played in Newcastle and the Sage Gateshead on several occasions.
Our independent status enables the Orchestra to invite professional conductors, soloists and leaders to play and thereby sustain its musical profile. In addition, Orchestra North East is happy to work with local choral societies.
We have had invaluable support in recent years from commercial sponsors, and from generous private individuals, but being self-sustaining, Orchestra North East is very reliant on its audiences.
|EVENTS||Saturday October 6th 2018 at 7.30 in Durham Cathedral
Our first concert of the 2018-19 season promises to be a very special occasion, and we are very pleased to welcome Sarah Fox, one of the leading English sopranos of her generation as our soloist, to perform the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss. The Cathedral will be a prefect venue for such a powerful work, as it will for Butterworth’s Rhapsody: A Shropshire Lad, which opens the concert.
Brahms’ beautiful Second Symphony completes the programme and the concert will be conducted by Aidan Oliver. Aidan is making a welcome return to us and will no doubt have had a busy summer as the newly appointed Director of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
Tickets: Adults: £16, Concessions: £14, Students: £8, Accompanied 16s and under: £1.
Tickets available from mid-August via the website or from the Gala Box Office at 0300 266600 or www.galadurham.co.uk