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New Commision for Royal Northern Sinfonia

World Premiere of Oot-Ower for the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead 18/9/2021

To mark the opening of the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s new season and to welcom new priincipal conductor Dinis Sousa, Mira Calix has been commissioned to write a new work that’s both reflects on the 18th month lockdown period since the orcherstra last played together in front of a live audioence at the Sage Gateshead. A new film which features the local, by Sarah Turner accompanies the new score.

Oot-Ower is the ancient Northumbrian or we could say ‘Geordie’ term meaning across, beyond or…. on the other side

Mira Calix  Oot-Ower World Premiere, New Commission (10 mins)
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 (28 mins)
Interval
Dvořák’ Symphony No.8 (36 mins)

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a worldwide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences.

The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at major festivals, including the BBC Proms, most recently performing Handel’s Water Music at Stage @theDock in Hull – the first Prom performed outside of London since 1930. They appear frequently at venues and festivals in Europe, including La folle journée in Nantes. In recent seasons they have toured to Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul and Tokyo.

RNS has worked with many international conductors and soloists including Christian Tetzlaff, Sir Roger Norrington, Paul McCreesh, Jess Gillam, Nicholas McGegan, Mahan Esfahani, Viktoria Mullova and Jessica Cottis, and also collaborated with leading popular voices such as Sting, Ben Folds, John Grant, Mercury Rev, Field Music and Maxïmo Park.

RNS has commissioned new music by David Lang, John Casken, Tansy Davies, Errollyn Wallen and James Weeks amongst others, and runs an annual Young Composers Competition.