In 2009 Orchestra North East emerged from the long-established regional
orchestra, Durham Sinfonia, which was founded in the 1960s by a group of musicians
led by a prominent violinist and teacher, the late Derek Downes. Orchestra
North East is a registered charity, number 1081465 and the name reflects the
regional membership of the Orchestra and we hope its regional reputation.
Largely amateur in membership, the players are drawn from across the North
East, from North Yorkshire, Teesside, Durham
to Northumberland, and they usually come together for three major concerts
per year, usually in Durham,
each preceded by a week of intensive rehearsal.
Our independent status enables
the Orchestra to invite professional conductors, soloists and leaders to play
and thereby sustain its musical profile. In addition, Orchestra North East is
happy to work with local by choral societies.
We have had
invaluable support in recent years from commercial sponsors, and from
generous private individuals, but being self-sustaining, Orchestra North East
is very reliant on its audiences.
†Sunday April 22nd 2018 at 3pm in the Gala Theatre Durham
Eastís Spring 2018 concert programme is one of significant first occasions,
of the music and of our guests. In over thirty concert seasons, the Orchestra
has never before
offered this particular music in our programmes. To lead us through it we are
pleased to welcome the distinguished conductor Monica Buckland.
Emilie Mayer: ††††††††††††Faust Overture, opus 46
Sergei Rachmaninov: Variations
on a Theme of Paganini
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No.6.
Conductor: Monica Buckland
Soloist: Murray McLachlan (piano)
Tickets: Adults: £16,
Concessions: £14, Students: £8, Accompanied 16s and under: £1.
Tickets from Gala Box Office 0300 266600 or www.galadurham.co.uk