Sunday May 1st 2022 in Sage Gateshead
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
Conductors: David Temple & Mark Anyan
With Newcastle Choral Society & Hertfordshire Chorus
Saturday October 5th 2019 in Durham Cathedral
Richard Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Edward Elgar: Variations on an original theme: ‘Enigma’ Variations
Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3
Conductor: Philippe Bach
We chose a real and unashamed focus on the Orchestra for this concert. Lots of notes, lots of concentration, lots of wonderful music in a marvellous setting, and always a pleasure to welcome back Philippe Bach to conduct us. Philippe is the General Music Director of the prestigious Meiningen Opera, as well as being a regular guest conductor with orchestras in Italy, Spain, the UK and in his native Switzerland. We were very pleased to have found a slot in his busy diary for him to return to Durham.
Saturday October 6th 2018 in Durham Cathedral
Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs
George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.2
Conductor: Aiden Oliver
Soloist: Sarah Fox
At a time when many were contemplating the anniversary of the end of the Great War in 1918, we hoped the reflective mood of the first half of the programme would be particularly appropriate and the Cathedral provided just the right atmosphere for this concert. Butterworth’s links with County Durham added a special significance to the occasion and Sarah Fox’s performance of the evocative and moving Four Last Songs was exquisite. All this was balanced by the Orchestra’s full sonority in that gloriously warm Brahms Symphony.
Performance - Autumn 2017
Orchestra North East’s autumn 2017 concert at the gala Theatre, Durham in October 2017 had a distinctly Spanish flavour- we decided to give it the name – ¡Hola España!
Almost all the music was inspired by Spain and
it was truly an afternoon of evocative and exciting music.
Dvorak: Carnival Overture, opus 92.
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez.
Bizet: Suite no.1 from Carmen.
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, opus 34.
Soloist in the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez, was the exciting young classical guitarist, Manus Noble. One critic wrote recently, “Manus Noble is one of the very best of the new generation of guitarists. His fantastic technique, fluid, intuitive musicianship and warm and engaging on-stage personality make Manus a complete artist.” The intimate atmosphere of the Gala Theatre was most suited to his performance.
Our conductor for the afternoon was James Ham, a young conductor of increasing repute across Europe and beyond. In January this year James stepped in at short notice to cover one rehearsal for our last concert, and we were very pleased to be able to welcome him back for a whole week of music this time!
Saturday March 12th 2022 in Newcastle Cathedral
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G Major
Conductor: Eamonn Dougan
Soloist: Christopher Murray
Sunday March 10th 2019 at the Gala Theatre Durham
Mikhail Glinka: Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla
Pytor Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Alexander Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
Pytor Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Nutcracker
Conductor: Michael Bawtree
Soloist: Anna-Liise Bezrodny
Our ‘Russian Gala’ proved very popular with our Sunday afternoon audience, who were treated, not only to our soloist’s characteristically stunning performance of the Violin Concerto, but to some real contrasts of style between the Glinka and Borodin pieces.
Our conductor for this concert, Michael Bawtree had extensive experience in this musical field, including ballet, and so the popular suite of character dances from the Nutcracker was particularly enjoyable affair. And, in new experience for all concerned, the Orchestra was joined on stage by three pupils from a local ballet school, Durham Dance, for one item from the Nutcracker. Needless to say, they were very well received.
Sunday April 3rd 2018 at the Gala Theatre Durham
Emilie Mayer: Faust Overture
Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No.6
For this concert we were very pleased to welcome the distinguished conductor Monica Buckland, one of several highly talented conductors at last being recognised in this country. Monica’s guidance in selecting our programme led us to performing music we had never before offered to our audiences.
The overture by Emilie Mayer, a prolific but little-known female composer from the German Romantic era, was an especially enjoyable discovery, melodic and dramatic by turns, and very typical of its era, yet rarely performed. Dvorak’s beautifully melodious symphony, again very typical of his music, was another hidden gem. Finally, Rachmaninov’s brilliant and popular Variations on a Theme of Paganini, with our soloist Murray McLachlan, a pianist of great experience and international repute, was particularly well-received by the audience.
Performance - Spring 2017
Thanks to all who came to our concert in January in the Gala Theatre, Durham.
We really enjoyed it with Bradley Creswick with an exciting programme of:-
Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture,
Bradley Creswick - Bruch Violin Concerto,
John Williams: Harry Potter, Schindler's List and Star Wars,
Conductor - Aidan Oliver
Bradley Creswick - Violin
It was an all-round success: audience, players. soloist and conductor all very happy with the outcome. And it generated good reviews! see http://bit.ly/2jLv8Vc
February 2016 at the Gala Theatre
Read about our tour of Europe at our concert in February 2016 in the Gala Theatre, Durham!
Orchestra North East leads its audience on a glittering European tour!
A Selection of Previous Concert Posters
In its 30-year history, Orchestra North East has given 97 concerts, performing over 200 pieces by 76 composers. Browse through our archive of past concerts and you'll get an idea of the range and scale of the works we've done over the years.