On Friday, at Sage Gateshead,  the Chorus of RNS opened the festival with a performance on the Concourse. The programme included:

Stephen Chase Lohengrin
Hollie Harding 5 Landscapes for Voices
Howard Skempton He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

This was followed by a concert with James Weeks conducting players from the Royal Northern Sinfonia featuring music by six of the best and brightest contemporary composers. Music underpinned by the idea of listening afresh to the world around us, environments, places and sounds:

Cassandra Miller O Zomer! (listen on the BBC Radio 3 New Music show here at 4 minutes)
Joanna Bailie Symphony-Street-Souvenir (listen on the BBC Radio 3 New Music show here at 58 minutes)
Oliver Leith Cracquelure
Laurence Crane Estonia
James Weeks Düsseldorf
Egidija Medeksaite Malakosha (listen on the BBC Radio 3 New Music show here at 10 minutes)

On Saturday the New Music Trail was a change of scene for RNS musicians, with four concerts in one day at three different venues around the Ouseburn, before finishing at Sage Gateshead with a performance by RNS Moves. It was something different with an afternoon of new music, and enjoying a pint along the way.

  • RNS @ Cobalt Studios
    Music by James Weeks and Linda Catlin Smith
  • RNS @ The Cluny
    Music by Egidija Medekšaitė and Howard Skempton
  • RNS @ Cumberland Arms
    Music by Laurence Crane and William Marsey
  • RNS Moves @ NRFH, Sage Gateshead
    Our unique inclusive ensemble of disabled and non-disabled musicians, with a new programme including pieces from the CoMA Songbook.

On Sunday the Festival finished with workshops led by James Weeks and Grace Rossiter: The music of Howard Skempton; Between Sounds and Silence; CoMA Open Score and CoMA Partsongs.

James Weeks conducts Lohengrin by Stephen Chase
James Weeks conducts Lohengrin by Stephen Chase


Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead, University of Durham, James Weeks, CoMA North East


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