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Children of Newcastle's West End Perform A World Premiere with Royal Northern Sinfonia

Posted on 22 February 2016

Children from Newcastle’s Hawthorn Primary School and Royal Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of Sage Gateshead, will together perform the world premiere of the specially commissioned piece ‘Tuba Train’, composed by Stephen Deazley. The performance will take place at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, the theatre of Newcastle’s West End, on Monday 14 March.

Stephen Deazley is a composer and renowned educationalist, widely acknowledged across the UK as a champion of music for children and young people.

The project was commissioned by the BBC Outreach and Corporate Responsibility programme back in 2014. Incorporating beat-boxers and hip-hop beats with kazoos, whistles, singing and voice-overs, it’s not a traditional orchestral score by any means and breaks a few orchestral rules. Movements from the commission were performed at Sage Gateshead as part of their tenth birthday celebrations but this will be the first time the piece has been performed in its entirety.

Stephen Deazley said: “ ‘Tuba Train’ has been a complete delight for me to write, and I’ve been very lucky to be able to be in the school and develop the work with the children. The idea started with a charmingly innocent remark made by one young musician on their first trip to play in London. When asking if they were travelling back to their accommodation on the ‘Tuba Train’, it made me understand just how far their journey with music had taken them. Music had indeed become the centre of their young lives within a very short time.”

‘Tuba Train’ is based around different subjects and themes identified by the young people in the school and the young people have been working with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Stephen Deazley to learn their instruments and the piece.

Lindisfarne’s Ray Laidlaw will compère the show and the Tyne Theatre are really pleased to be supporting the project, giving the young people of Newcastle a performance space in their traditional West End theatre.

Judy Cowgill, Headteacher at Hawthorn Primary School said: “This concert will be a combination of all of the best elements of the In Harmony programme. It is such a joy to see our young musicians sharing a stage with Royal Northern Sinfonia, while the ‘Tuba Train’ composition written especially for and with the children is simply perfect. All this in the beautiful surroundings of the Tyne Theatre and Opera House right in the heart of our community with an audience of family, friends and fans! If you haven’t seen the children play before, now is your chance to be astonished.”

The concert starts at 2pm on Monday 14 March and tickets can be purchased from Sage Gateshead. Tickets are free although there is a suggested donation of £5 or £10 towards the In Harmony project.


Notes to Editors

Hawthorn Primary School The Muppets Theme
Hawthorn Primary School Great Gates of Kiev
Royal Northern Sinfonia
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, Mvt 4 (Storm)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Lark Ascending (extract)
PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony, Mvt 4
Hawthorn Primary School and Royal Northern Sinfonia Tuba Train

For further information or images, or if you’d like to attend the concert, please contact Gaynor Ellis, (0191 443 4630).

Sage Gateshead delivers In Harmony NewcastleGateshead with Hawthorn Primary School as part of a national programme that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in deprived communities within the UK, using the power and disciplines of community-based orchestral music-making.

Twitter: @InHarmonyNE

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