Preview – Orchestra North East – Durham Cathedral – 8-10-16


2016 is a very special year for Orchestra North East, as they’ve now been making music for exactly 30 years. This is something to celebrate, and they’d like as many music-lovers across the region to share in the celebration.

In 1986 Orchestra North East, then known as Durham Sinfonia, gave its first independent concert in Durham Cathedral. The Orchestra had been created some fifteen years earlier and had strong links with Durham University and its Choral Society, but in 1986 it began a new self-sustaining phase, as a charity, and has performed every year in the Cathedral since that time.

In the thirty years, 1986-2016, the Orchestra has given over 120 concerts, performing the works of over 80 composers; they’ve had 33 conductors, 48 soloists and over 25,000 people will have attended their concerts, something of which ONE are justly proud. On occasions ONE have spread their wings to perform in other venues over the years, Sage Gateshead and Gala Theatre Durham perhaps the most notable examples.

To mark their anniversary ONE have announced a concert at Durham Cathedral on 8th October. The concert will include a world première performance of ‘The Land of the Prince Bishops,’ by North East composer Robert Smedley. Filmic in quality, this nonetheless symphonic piece comes from his suite ‘Dunelmia’ and is inspired by his love of County Durham. The music seeks to depict elements and scenes from the region and its history, leading the audience to both visualize and identify with our part of the world.

ONE’s distinguished soloist for the evening is cellist Alexander Baillie (pictured) and he’ll be performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto. This gloriously nostalgic piece of music is deservedly one of the most popular in the repertoire and will be perfectly suited to the sonorities of the Cathedral.

The same can be said of the symphony for the evening, Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, known as ‘The Romantic.’ Bruckner’s orchestral music has an epic quality and he always uses the full forces of the Orchestra to dramatic effect, something most suited to the venue.

The concert will be conducted by the rising young British conductor, Timothy Henty. The stage is set for a wonderful evening, bringing together established friends of the Orchestra, as well as providing an evening of glorious music.

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Laura Ball

Laura Ball

I’m a freelance translator working in German and English, and I’m based in Newcastle upon Tyne. I’m also a passionate musician, and have been playing the violin, viola and piano for over 20 years. In addition to being an active member of Orchestra North East and the Quayside Quartet, I have also played in numerous orchestras and ensembles in both Germany and the UK. I’m now putting this practical experience to professional use by translating texts relating to classical music (CD notes, programme notes, marketing literature) and writing reviews of classical music concerts.
Laura Ball

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