Northern Sinfonia orchestra to perform at Sunderland’s Red House Academy

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A SCHOOL will add another musical string to its bow when one of the country’s leading orchestras pays a visit.

The Royal Northern Sinfonia will play classical favourites at Red House Academy on Friday, March 28.

The event has been organised by the Cultural Spring, a £2million arts council-funded project aimed at getting more people involved in the arts in areas of Sunderland and South Tyneside, and Sunderland Music Education Hub.

The Sage Gateshead-based orchestra will play music including pieces by Mozart, Strauss, Handel, Britten and Prokofiev, and tickets cost only £2, a reduction on ticket prices to see the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra.

It has previously worked with in-demand classical artists as well as popular contemporary artists, including Sting and The Pet Shop Boys.

Rebecca Ball, project director for the Cultural Spring, said: “The project aims to bring excellent art and artists to our communities, and we hope having an internationally-renown orchestra performing in Red House will inspire and enthuse anyone who hears them.”

Dr Therese Quincey, principal of the school, added: “There is a strong culture of music in our schools.

“This event will allow our school community and our wider community to experience a renowned orchestra on home ground, and will facilitate an audience that perhaps have never visited the Sage Gateshead.

“We have many talented musicians in the academy and in our primary schools.

“Within a short period of time we have had evening performances of Bugsy Malone, have been involved in The City Sings and are now hosting an orchestra.”