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Brewin Dolphin Supports Classical Music At Sage Gateshead

Posted on 8 October 2013

Newcastle firm Brewin Dolphin is making its own sound investment by sponsoring Sage Gateshead’s popular Classic FM concert series.

One of the UK’s largest independently-owned private client investment managers, Brewin Dolphin announced its support for the Classic FM series as the new 2013/14 Classical Season opened this week at Sage Gateshead, the first showcasing the newly anointed Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Earlier this year the company also set up a unique bursary for musicians keen to enrol on Sage Gateshead’s Young Musicians Programme.

The Classic FM series forms part of the overall Classical Season at Sage Gateshead, which runs from September through to June. The series centres round a selection of popular, well-heard and much-loved pieces of classical music including plenty from Classic FM’s ‘Hall of Fame’ – the world’s biggest annual survey of classical music tastes.

It provides an ideal channel into classical music, particularly for anyone new or relatively new to classical concert attendance, but is equally enjoyed by classical enthusiasts who just want to experience their favourite pieces live.

Sage Gateshead, a registered charity, said the support from Brewin Dolphin would enable it to develop its work in making world-class music experiences available to all.

The announcement comes soon after Her Majesty the Queen bestowed the title of ‘Royal’ on Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, recognising it internationally as one of the UK’s finest orchestras – the first time any UK orchestra has been so honoured for over twenty years.

John Duns, Business Development and Marketing Director at Brewin Dolphin, said: “Brewin Dolphin is both proud and pleased to sponsor the 2013/4 Classic FM series. The concerts promise to be really special with so many famous composers works showcased by top class artists. As a business with a 250-year-old heritage and a major presence in Newcastle we applaud the significant cultural contribution that Sage Gateshead makes regionally and nationally. Long may it continue!”

Lorraine Armstrong, Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin, said: “I’ve been a great lover and player of classical music all my life, so I am delighted that we, Brewin Dolphin, are supporting the Classic Fm Series 2013/14.”

Anthony Sargent CBE, General Director of Sage Gateshead, said: “We’re delighted to be working so closely with Brewin Dolphin and very grateful for their ongoing support. Our Classic FM series is particularly focused on making classical music as universally accessible and enticing as we possibly can. “We’re very proud that Royal Northern Sinfonia are Classic FM’s orchestra in the North East, and with Brewin Dolphin’s welcome investment in this partnership we’ll be continuing to extend our work engaging new audiences with outstanding musical performances”

The Classic FM series kicks off on Thursday October 3 with the first of the season’s ‘From Player to Podium’ series featuring Julian Rachlin conducting and performing on violin with Royal Northern Sinfonia. There are a further five concerts in the series.

Other highlights of the Classical Season include a celebration of Benjamin Britten, a world premiere by internationally-renowned British composer John Casken and a new programme cycle of Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas.


Photo caption: Pictured in Sage One at Sage Gateshead are (from left to right, back) – Anthony Sargent (General Director at Sage Gateshead), Kyra Humphreys (Co-Leader of Royal Northern Sinfonia) and at the front Lorraine Armstrong (Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin)

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E. T. 0191 443 4567

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More about Sage Gateshead’s Classical Season 2013/14

Among the season’s many guests of Royal Northern Sinfonia are leading instrumentalists who each perform a concerto and then conduct the orchestra for the first time, bringing their unrivalled musicality to the podium. Violinist Julian Rachlin performs Mendelssohn, pianist Lars Vogt takes on Mozart and Beethoven and astounding trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger presents Bach, Haydn and Stravinsky.

The popular Classic FM Series, featuring Principal Conductor Mario Venzago, continues with a selection of the most loved concerti from classical music and many pieces from Classic FM’s ‘Hall of Fame’, whilst the Late Mix series inspires and challenges the mind with music from throughout time.

Chamber music is a unique and integral part of the work of Royal Northern Sinfonia, highlighted in the Sage Two series, which includes works from Brahms to Schoenberg whilst Section Leader Flute, Juliette Bausor, performs a vivid recital as an ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) Rising Star.