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Royal Northern Sinfonia Celebrate In True Children's Birthday Party Style

Posted on 10 August 2018

Royal Northern Sinfonia are going to be partying in true birthday style this September with music, games and plenty of cake, with as many children as possible, as part of the orchestra’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

On Saturday 22 September at Sage Gateshead, home to the orchestra, there will be a special children’s classical concert which will include excerpts from Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Haydn’s Symphony No 6 ‘Le Matin’ and will be conducted by RNS’ Music Director Lars Vogt and presented by composer / conductor Tim Steiner.

Prior to the concert there will be a treasure hunt and crafts as well as the opportunity for children to try out orchestral instruments before a fun children’s party on Sage Gateshead’s Concourse after the concert.

The format of the event will be like the music venue’s regular Classics 4 Kids series which takes place throughout the year, offering a great family-friendly introduction to classical music with plenty of interaction between the orchestra and the audience. The series has proved hugely popular with young audiences.
Jessica Lee, Royal Northern Sinfonia’s clarinettist: “RNS’ Classics 4 Kids concerts are such lovely events where our core repertoire is presented in a fun and informative way. There is a strong interactive element where the children can feel really involved. It’s so important to engage with our youngest (and hopefully future) audience and we hope lots of them join us for our big birthday party!”

The 60th birthday weekend [21st – 23rd September] has been programmed to showcase all the different aspects of the orchestra’s work. The celebrations kickstart on the Friday evening with RNS Rocks, where the orchestra will be joined by some of the North East’s best-known indie-rock artists, Maxïmo Park, Field Music and Du Blonde; on the Saturday afternoon will be the first performance from an ensemble featuring both disabled and non-disabled musicians in RNS Moves; and the Big RNS Birthday Gala will take place on the Sunday, featuring works from Beethoven, Mozart, Prokofiev, Haydn and more. Audience members will also be invited to raise a glass to Royal Northern Sinfonia as the clock strikes midnight, welcoming in the 24th September, the official anniversary day.

The kids’ birthday party day events start from 1.15pm on Saturday 22 September with the concert taking place at 2pm in Sage One. Tickets are £5.50 for children and £11 for adults. The event is suitable for ages 5+ but everyone is welcome.

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Notes to Editors

Royal Northern Sinfonia
Lars Vogt Music Director
Julian Rachlin Principal Guest Conductor
Thomas Zehetmair Conductor Laureate

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 @ the Dock in Hull – the first Prom performed outside of London since 1930. They appear frequently at venues and festivals in Europe, and last season toured in South America, China and South Korea.
RNS has worked with conductors and soloists Christian Tetzlaff, Olli Mustonen, Reinhard Goebel, Katrina Canellakis and Nicholas McGegan; a host of world class singers including Sally Matthews, Karen Cargill and Elizabeth Watts, and collaborated with leading popular voices such as Sting, Ben Folds, John Grant and Mercury Rev.
RNS has commissioned new music and has always been actively involved in local communities and in education. 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.

Tim Steiner is a composer and conductor with a specialty in devised and collaborative performance. He has directed hundreds of creative projects throughout Europe and has worked in virtually every conceivable musical and social context. His work ranges from small-scale devised work to large-scale multi-layered works involving massed groups of professionals, amateurs and beginners.

Previous Classics 4 Kids participants
“A real opportunity for me and the kids to experience the orchestra. We have been to The Snowman but this was something different and we loved it!”
“Loved it. It feels like a door has opened for me and the children into classical music.”
“Amazing experience – booked for the next one already!”

For further information, images, interview requests, competition or review tickets please contact:
Gaynor Ellis, PR & Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
E. T. 0191 443 4690 M. 07826 552945