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Northern Sinfonia

Northern Sinfonia

Music Director: Thomas Zehetmair

Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of The Sage Gateshead, has built a distinctive reputation as a fresh thinking, versatile orchestra, performing repertoire spanning three centuries and regularly commissioned new work.

“The Sage Gateshead has become one of the world’s most admired centres for music and Northern Sinfonia has raised its game to match.”
Richard Morrison, The Times

The orchestra’s work includes concerts, broadcasts, recordings, national and international touring with its Music Director Thomas Zehetmair, Principal Conductors Simon Halsey, John Wilson and Mario Venzago and guest artists.

Northern Sinfonia regularly appears at leading venues throughout the world and appears at major festivals including a residency at the Hong Kong Festival in 2009.

Projects away from the classical mainstream include working with the Pet Shop Boys at a shipyard in North East England, a concert with Sting performing brand new orchestrations of his hits, and being invited by harpist and singer Joanna Newsom to join her UK tour launching her critically acclaimed album Ys.

CDs recorded by Northern Sinfonia at The Sage Gateshead include Sibelius’ Symphonies 3 & 6 and Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto – “Thomas Zehetmar … brings the work alive marvellously”, The Guardian; Brahms and Schumann – BBC Music magazine’s Disc of the Month, “Zehetmair’s daring success”; and Mozart Piano Concertos with Imogen Cooper - five star reviews in Classic FM magazine and The Sunday Telegraph.

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