Soloist joins bid to raise funds

sinfonietta image for gazette' pic of Bradley
sinfonietta image for gazette' pic of Bradley

Northern Sinfonietta Concert, Alnwick Playhouse, Saturday, March 3, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 premier, £9 standard. Call 01665 510785.

A WELL-RENOWNED musician has agreed to join a special fund-raising concert in aid of Alnwick Playhouse.

Violinist Bradley Creswick has teamed up with the Northumbria Sinfonietta for a spring show to raise money for the community venue which last year lost out on a joint funding bid from Arts Council England.

Creswick is well-known as the leader of the Northern Sinfonia at The Sage Gateshead and is recognised as one of the country’s top soloists.

When told of the Playhouse’s plight, he immediately agreed to join the orchestra in a performance of The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams.

Bryan Jackson, director and conductor of the orchestra, said: “Bradley was as shocked as the rest of us when told that the Playhouse was to lose its grant, and agreed to help as soon as he had a free date. I’m very grateful.”

The programme includes the William Tell overture, a brass fanfare and The Capriol Suite for strings, and two of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances.

Northumbria Sinfonietta draws members from both locally and around the region, giving amateurs the chance to play alongside professionals.