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Sunday 19 May 2024
19/05/2024

The Glasshouse

Orchestral manoeuvres in the North

I defy you not to be thrilled by Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. It is a defining icon of western music, an energetic, graceful and tactile masterpiece threaded through our cultural DNA. And this month you have not just one but three chances to hear it live in North East England: Royal Northern Sinfonia perform it …

Glass books a rare date with the Glasshouse

There was a ‘wow!’ moment from The Glasshouse this week with the announcement that the Philip Glass Ensemble is performing there on September 26, on a rare UK tour. The group were founded in New York in 1968 by Glass himself, the composer who upended classical and film music in the last century with his …

Review: Schumann’s Paradise at The Glasshouse

This has been the stand out concert for me since last August when Dinis Sousa, Royal Northern Sinfonia principal conductor, was picking out some highlights of the orchestra’s forthcoming 2023-24 season for me. They were all highlights, of course. But when looking ahead to the performance of Robert Schumann’s oratorio, Paradise (Paradise and the Peri, …

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the North

Film music plays a leading role among April’s musical highlights in the North East.   Royal Northern Sinfonia will be bringing the Charlie Chaplin silent classic Modern Times to noisy life at The Glasshouse on April 18, before the music of Harry Potter illuminates the vast spaces of Durham Cathedral on May 3. Looking (far) ahead, …

How a folk legend became besotted with brass

Martin Green, Sheffield-born composer and celebrated folk musician, well remembers his brass band “epiphany”… the start of a journey that will bring him back to Tyneside in May. It came after he’d moved to Pathhead, a village south of Edinburgh not far from the National Mining Museum Scotland. “They had a brass festival and I …

Orchestral manoeuvres in the North 

There’s an urban myth about a star solo violinist asked to stand-in at the last minute for an unwell colleague, who only discovers the concerto he is playing is Mendelssohn not Mozart after the lights go down and the orchestra strikes up the opening note. This is a musician’s in-joke based on the fact that, …

Review: Big Bruckner Weekend

Rumour has it that The Glasshouse bosses were nervous nobody would turn up, having programmed an entire weekend of music by a cultish but heavy-going Austrian country boy born 200 years ago. Forget the nerves – the Big Bruckner Weekend pulled in packed houses drawn by the unique opportunity to hear the composer’s final three …

World premiere for Wander

A big night is coming up at The Glasshouse for RNS Moves, the inclusive ensemble for disabled and non-disabled orchestral musicians. Joining them in the smaller of the two concert halls will be much feted rising star Héloïse Werner (Paris-born, London-based) who is both soprano and composer. Recently appointed an associate artist of London’s Wigmore …

All that eco-friendly jazz

Tickets are on sale for two concerts at The Glasshouse in Gateshead which highlight jazz as a broad church and point the way to a more sustainable form of music touring. They also reflect the venue’s full title, The Glasshouse International Centre for Music. The first concert, on May 22, will feature German saxophonist Daniel …

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