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Royal Northern Sinfonia: Opening Night

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Royal Northern Sinfonia: Opening Night

Part of Sage Classics Autumn 2021

Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Dinis Sousa conductor
Anastasia Kobekina cello
Royal Northern Sinfonia

Celebrate as we officially welcome Dinis as our new Principal Conductor and mark our return to regular concerts – and we start as we mean to go on with an eclectic and dynamic programme.  We open with a brand-new piece from composer, performer and DJ Mira Calix who has collaborated with film maker Sarah Turner to produce a work that reflects on local people’s experiences of the past 18 months. Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto manages to be spiky yet wistful; renowned as one of the trickiest pieces in the cello repertoire, it’s an edge-of-seat experience for performer and audience alike. We finish with one of Dvořák’s sunniest symphonies, the exuberantly cheerful No.8, a fine way to finish this evening of celebration.

Download the concert programme here.

Useful Information

Concessions are available for:

  • North East First Timers
  • 18-30s
  • 17 & Under and Unemployed (in receipt of benefit)
  • Groups

Find out more about concessions, booking and travel here.

Coaches run from Alnwick, Hexham and Carlisle for this concert. Find out more and book here.


This event is supported by Classical Future's Europe and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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Dinis Sousa, conductor

Dinis Sousa is Founder and Artistic Director of Orquestra XXI, an award-winning orchestra which brings together some of the best young Portuguese musicians from around Europe. Orquestra XXI has already established itself as one of the leading performing groups in Portugal, appearing regularly in its main concert halls. Recent highlights include opening the Gulbenkian Foundation season and appearing at Centro Cultural de Belém’s festival “Dias da Música” for a televised concert with Orquestra XXI and the Gulbenkian Choir, performing Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri.

Dinis has worked closely with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his ensembles — the English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir — culminating in his appointment as the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras’ first-ever Assistant Conductor. He has also assisted Gardiner with other orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich.

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Anastasia Kobekina, cello

Being one of the most promising talents of her generation, Anastasia Kobekina debuted with an orchestra at the age of six. Since that time she has had the opportunity to perform with many renowned orchestras, such as Moscow Virtuosi, Kremerata Baltica, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, and many others – under guidance of Krzysztov Penderecki, Heinrich Schiff, Vladimir Spivakov and Valery Gergiev.

In June 2019 Anastasia won the Bronze medal at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in St. Petersburg. In 2018 she became a New Generation Artist of the BBC 3 Radio Scheme and was also awarded the Prix Thierry Scherz and the Prix André Hoffmann at the Swiss Winter Music Festival “Sommets musicaux de Gstaad”, a reward that comprises a recording with orchestra for the Swiss recording label Claves (released in April 2019).


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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. 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.