Varied programme of classical greats

Northern Sinfonia with Christian Vasquez, Alnwick Playhouse, Sunday, May 6. 7.30pm. Tickets £5.

NORTH Northumberland classical musical fans have a chance to catch this live performance in their own backyard.

This Northern Sinfonia performance, with Christian Vasquez conducting, will be streamed live from the Sage Gateshead to the Playhouse.

The programme opens with Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony before forays into Shostakovich (Piano Concerto no.1) and Rachmaninov (Vocalise).

The evening, which should last 80 minutes with an interval, will end with Bizet’s Symphony no.1 in C, the piece that changed the composer’s reputation forever when it was discovered in a dusty attic in 1935.

According to the Sage: “Contained within these long-forgotten pages was an endless flow of singable melodies and a stream of joyous and impulsive rhythms all orchestrated with unmatched charm.

“In its elegance, Bizet’s Symphony is the perfect foil to the gags and japes of Shostakovich’s riotous Concerto.”