Concert in aid of Playhouse

The Royal Northern Sinfonia pictured during their performance at Red House Academy - the only such performance other than at The Sage, gateshead.
The Royal Northern Sinfonia pictured during their performance at Red House Academy - the only such performance other than at The Sage, gateshead.

A concert will take place this weekend to raise funds for the venue in which it is being performed.

Northumbria Sinfonietta will be joined by Bradley Creswick, Iona Brown, principal violinist with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Nick Byrne, the cellist with the Liverpool Quartet and an internationally recognised concert soloist, on Saturday at Alnwick Playhouse in a performance of the Double Concerto by Brahms.

Over the past few years the Northumbria Sinfonietta,based in the Playhouse, has raised over £7,000 towards the theatre’s running costs, and has been supported by several members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, including their leader Bradley Creswick.

Iona Brown performed at The Playhouse with the Sinfonietta in 2014, and particularly asked if she could return with Nick Byrne to play this concerto with the orchestra.

Bryan Jackson, conductor and organiser of the Northumbria Sinfonietta said: “I have always been grateful to the Northern Sinfonia players, who have been incredibly supportive of what our orchestra is trying to do for The Playhouse.

“Iona specifically asked if she could come back to Alnwick to play this challenging concerto with us.

“The players too, deserve thanks. They are prepared to come from as far afield as North Yorks, Cumbria and the Borders and join with our own local instrumentalists to support the theatre, at their own expense.”

The excellent work done by Alnwick Playhouse in supporting the community is recognised by various grants, but nevertheless it still needs over £50,000 per annum to pay for its running costs.

This concert will help to raise more funds to go towards those costs.