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Classical Subscription Series 2009/10

Welcome In December this year we celebrate the fifth birthday of The Sage Gateshead and this is the fifth Classical Subscription Series which makes it a particularly appropriate opportunity to say thank you to all those of you that have continually supported our Series and helped to shape it into the prestigious cycle of concerts that it has become. These are challenging times for all of us in a variety of ways but perhaps that also means that now, more than ever, we need the profound experiences that classical music offers us. I am confident that we have created another Series with twentynine concerts rich in all sorts of magical experiences. At the heart of the Series is Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of The Sage Gateshead, with its Music Director Thomas Zehetmair. Through the orchestra we continue our celebrations of Haydn’s work, in this the 200th anniversary of his death, with three of his last symphonies. Thomas Zehetmair, renowned for his Schubert performances, brings the monumental Symphony no.9 as well as the lesser known, but really worth knowing, Symphony no.6. He will be joined by his great friend and colleague, Heinz Holliger, the distinguished oboist, to perform Elliott Carter’s Oboe Concerto. Carter, a giant of classical music in the twentieth century is now a hundred years old and still composing. There is also glorious programming in the months running up to Christmas that includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no.1 ‘Winter Daydreams’ and Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Mario Venzago returns and opens the Series for us with Brahms’s Double Concerto. We welcome back Frans Brüggen too for a programme celebrating the moment in 2

history when Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven were all alive and composing at the same time. It is two hundred years since the birth of Schumann, so we celebrate his life with his three exquisite concertos for piano, cello and violin. Two of Handel’s operas, 250 years after his death, ‘Theodora’ and ‘Acis and Galatea’, bring colour to the programme and Bernard Labadie comes back to us with Handel’s ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’, and ‘Zadok the priest’, as a part of a programme on the theme of royalty. There is a special moment for J.S. Bach, as we will perform all six Brandenburg concerti alongside all six solo Cello Suites over two concerts with cellist Adrian Brendel. Large scale symphonic works will be provided by a glittering array of visiting orchestras including the Bergen Philharmonic, of which The Guardian recently said “Andrew Litton’s Bergen Philharmonic is sounding like Karajan has been working on it”. The Hallé with Sir Mark Elder performs Strauss - ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’, the CBSO plays Rachmaninov – ‘Symphonic Dances’ with Andris Nelsons, the Philharmonia and Salonen bring Janá˘cek’s Sinfonietta, and Yannick Nézet–Séguin and the London Philharmonic, making their first visit to The Sage Gateshead, perform Debussy - ‘La mer’. Watch out for works by Ravel this season: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, ‘Daphnis et Chloé’, ‘Schéhérazade’ and the most beautiful arrangement by Percy Grainger of ‘La vallée des cloches’. There are so many good things to choose from I am sure you will enjoy reading this brochure and finding concerts to come to that will uplift you. Looking forward to sharing this season with you. Simon Clugston Performance Programme Director

Subscribe and save up to 35% When you subscribe to a series of classical concerts at The Sage Gateshead, you save money on ticket prices. In this booklet you will find details of the concerts that you can choose from to make up your own Hall One concert season. Choose from a total of 29 concerts to create a personal package of 12, 19, 24 or buy all 29 concerts. You will then benefit from between 20% and 35% discount off the full price of the tickets. Subscription discounts are also available in conjunction with discounts for seniors and for under 19s. Subscriptions are available in advance of tickets for individual concerts going on sale to the general public, so you can enjoy first choice of your preferred seating areas as well as your preferred concerts. You can also pay over a six month period and no handling charges apply to tickets booked as part of a subscription.

This year, we are delighted to offer the additional Subscriber benefit of priority notice for other concerts. We will send Subscribers details of other classical concerts in the 2009/10 season – recitals, orchestral and chamber music – during the summer, giving you a chance to plan ahead and book the best seats before the majority of our customers hear about the concerts. We also run buses from Hexham (via Corbridge) and Alnwick (via Felton and Morpeth) to all of these Subscription concerts. You can book a space on the bus for £6.50 return per concert. Please book your bus tickets when you book your concert tickets. Now, enjoy looking through this booklet and choosing which concerts you will come to and refer to the booking information to calculate just how much you will save. We hope you will find yourself spoilt for choice.

In addition, you can exchange tickets for any concert you are unable to attend for another concert in the Subscription Series free of charge. Please give us fortyeight hours notice. Photo: Northern Sinfonia © Mark Savage


Friday 18th September 2009 Mario Venzago: Conductor Baiba Skride: Violin Sol Gabetta: Cello Northern Sinfonia Mendelssohn

The Hebrides Sibelius Lemminkäinen Suite Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island The Swan of Tuonela Lemminkäinen’s Return Haydn Symphony no.94 ‘The Surprise’ Brahms Double Concerto Friday 25th September 2009 Esa-Pekka Salonen: Conductor Tamara Stefanovich: Piano Philharmonia Orchestra Janᢠcek Sinfonietta Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand Stravinsky The Firebird (complete ballet music, arr. Salonen)

Friday 9th October 2009 Thomas Zehetmair: Music Director Jane Irwin: Mezzo-soprano Northern Sinfonia Haydn Symphony no.101 ‘The Clock’ Mahler Rückert-Lieder Brahms Symphony no.3 Sunday 18th October 2009 Stéphane Denève: Conductor Ilya Gringolts: Violin Royal Scottish National Orchestra Mahler Blumine Berg Violin Concerto Dvo˘rák Symphony no.7 Thursday 29th October 2009, 7pm Nicholas Kraemer: Conductor Carolyn Sampson: Theodora Susan Bickley: Irene James Gilchrist: Septimius Robin Blaze: Didymus Paul Whelan: Valens Northern Sinfonia Northern Sinfonia Chorus Handel Theodora

Photos: Sol Gabetta © Marco Borggreve, Imogen Cooper © Sussie Ahlburg, Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda


Tuesday 10th November 2009 Imogen Cooper: Director/Piano Bradley Creswick: Director Northern Sinfonia Britten Simple Symphony Mozart Piano Concerto no.18 in B flat ‘Paradies’ Bach Suite no.3 Mozart Piano Concerto no.22 in E flat

Friday 27th November 2009 Sir Mark Elder: Conductor Polina Leschenko: Piano Hallé Elgar Overture: ‘In the South (Alassio)’ Liszt Piano Concerto no.1 Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Thursday 19th November 2009 Thomas Zehetmair: Music Director Heinz Holliger: Oboe Northern Sinfonia Haydn Symphony no.99 Elliott Carter Oboe Concerto Schubert Symphony no.6

Thursday 3rd December 2009 Thomas Zehetmair: Music Director Dénes Várjon: Piano Northern Sinfonia Rossini Overture: ‘William Tell’ Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor Sibelius Valse triste Tchaikovsky Symphony no.1 ‘Winter Daydreams’

All concerts are in Hall One and begin at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated and there are pre-concert talks at 6.30pm (for 7.30pm concerts) and 6pm (for 7pm concerts) before every concert. The details of these will be published in our Events Diary for the relevant period.


Friday 18th December 2009 Simon Halsey: Conductor James Oxley: Tenor Dame Evelyn Glennie: Percussion Northern Sinfonia Northern Sinfonia Chorus John Tavener The Lamb James MacMillan Veni, Veni, Emmanuel Britten Saint Nicolas Thursday 14th January 2010 Thomas Zehetmair: Music Director Northern Sinfonia Haydn Symphony no.100 ‘Military’ Schubert Symphony no.9 ‘Great’ Friday 29th January 2010 Nicholas McGegan: Conductor Ya-Fei Chuang: Piano Northern Sinfonia Mendelssohn Overture: ‘Ruy Blas’ Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor Beethoven Symphony no.6 ‘Pastoral’

Friday 5th February 2010 Garry Walker: Conductor Guy Johnston: Cello Northern Sinfonia Sibelius Pélleas and Mélisande Schumann Cello Concerto Mozart Symphony no.41 ‘Jupiter’ Sunday 14th February 2010 Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Conductor Ronald Brautigam: Piano Melvyn Tan: Piano London Philharmonic Orchestra Ravel ‘Daphnis et Chloé:’ Suite no.2 Poulenc Concerto for two pianos Ravel Valses nobles et sentimentales Debussy Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune Debussy

La mer

Photos: Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Marco Borggreve, Elizabeth Watts © Mike Owen, H.K. Gruber


Sunday 21st February 2010 H.K. Gruber: Conductor Jeremy Huw Williams: Baritone Northern Sinfonia Stravinsky Ragtime Mark-Anthony Turnage The Torn Fields Stravinsky Concertino John Adams The Wound-Dresser Stravinsky Suite from ‘Pulcinella’ Friday 26th February 2010

Mario Venzago: Conductor Sayaka Shoji: Violin Elizabeth Watts: Soprano Stephan Genz: Baritone Northern Sinfonia Northern Sinfonia Chorus Schumann Violin Concerto Brahms A German Requiem

Saturday 13th March 2010 Frans Brüggen: Conductor Finghin Collins: Piano Northern Sinfonia Haydn Symphony no.92 ‘Oxford’ Beethoven Piano Concerto no.2 Mozart Symphony no.40 Wednesday 17th March 2010 Heinz Holliger: Conductor/Oboe Northern Sinfonia Webern Five Movements Strauss Oboe Concerto Schumann Concertstück for 4 horns Mendelssohn Symphony no.4 ‘Italian’ (2nd version) Monday 22nd March 2010 Andrew Litton: Conductor Freddy Kempf: Piano Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Grieg Bell Ringing Prokofiev Piano Concerto no.3 Shostakovich Symphony no.5


Tuesday 23rd March 2010 Andrew Litton: Conductor Julian Rachlin: Violin Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Grieg ‘Peer Gynt’: Suite no.1 Shostakovich Violin Concerto no.1 Prokofiev Symphony no.5 Saturday 3rd April 2010 Bramwell Tovey: Conductor Susan Gritton: Soprano John Graham-Hall: Tenor William Dazeley: Baritone Orchestra of Opera North Huddersfield Choral Society Ravel (arr. Grainger) La vallée des cloches Ravel Shéhérazade Orff Carmina Burana

Friday 9th April 2010 Diego Masson: Conductor Carolin Widmann: Violin Northern Sinfonia Bartók Hungarian Sketches Ligeti Concert Românesc John Woolrich Concerto for Violin Ravel Mother Goose Saturday 24th April 2010 Simon Halsey: Conductor Sophie Bevan: Soprano Madeleine Shaw: Mezzo-soprano Benjamin Hullett: Tenor Neal Davies: Baritone Northern Sinfonia Northern Sinfonia Chorus Vivaldi Concerto no.1 from ‘L’estro armonico’ Howard Goodall Eternal Light: A Requiem Vivaldi Concerto no.4 from ‘L’estro armonico’ Duruflé Requiem

Photos: Bernard Labadie, Ed Lyon © RDP Photography, Carolin Widmann © Kay-Christian Heine


Saturday 1st May 2010 Philip Pickett: Conductor Ed Lyon: Acis Joanne Lunn: Galatea Michael George: Polyphemus New London Consort Handel Acis and Galatea Friday 14th May 2010 Andris Nelsons: Conductor Lars Vogt: Piano City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain Beethoven Piano Concerto no.4 Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances Saturday 22nd May 2010 Bernard Labadie: Conductor Northern Sinfonia Northern Sinfonia Chorus Purcell Chacony in F from ‘King Arthur’ Delalande Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy (excerpts) Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks Purcell Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary Handel Coronation Anthems: Zadok the priest My heart is inditing The king shall rejoice

Friday 28th May 2010, 7pm Laurence Cummings: Director/ Harpsichord Adrian Brendel: Cello Northern Sinfonia Bach Cello Suite no.1 Brandenburg Concerto no.6 Cello Suite no.4 Brandenburg Concerto no.1 Cello Suite no.2 Brandenburg Concerto no.2 Sunday 30th May 2010, 7pm Laurence Cummings: Director/ Harpsichord Adrian Brendel: Cello Northern Sinfonia Bach Cello Suite no.3 Brandenburg Concerto no.4 Cello Suite no.6 Brandenburg Concerto no.3 Cello Suite no.5 Brandenburg Concerto no.5 Friday 4th June 2010 Thomas Zehetmair: Music Director/Violin Jane Irwin: Mezzo-soprano Northern Sinfonia Bach Violin Concerto in D minor B.W.V.1052a Simon Bainbridge Concerto for Chamber Orchestra (world premiere) Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Schumann Symphony no.4 (original version 1841)


Support Northern Sinfonia by becoming a Principal Partner Northern Sinfonia brings enormous pleasure to thousands of people each year through its numerous concerts presented at The Sage Gateshead and further afield. Many of the musicians in the orchestra are also involved in coaching the next generation of outstanding classical musicians including Young Sinfonia and members of The Sage Gateshead’s other regional youth ensembles. Many also give one to one tuition to the gifted and talented musicians who train at The Sage Gateshead’s Weekend School.

Support the orchestra by leaving a lasting legacy Following the success of Northern Sinfonia’s 50th Anniversary Season, we all look forward to another fifty years of thrilling performances from the orchestra of The Sage Gateshead. Underpinned by a charitable trust, the orchestra needs your support to continue its work. Choosing to leave a legacy gift to our endowment fund will ensure that Northern Sinfonia flourishes in perpetuity and it can be an effective way for you to reduce Inheritance Tax. Whether large or small, every legacy gift makes an enormous difference.

Our valued Principal Partners support the breadth of the orchestra’s work and enjoy direct association with a single Northern Sinfonia ‘Chair’. Principal Partner support is credited each time the orchestra is listed in a concert programme and our group of Partners have the opportunity to meet the orchestra and their ‘Chair’ of choice throughout the classical season. We have several Principal Partnerships available, including the Music Director and Leader.

In recognition of your pledge we would be delighted to welcome you into our new Legacy Circle, through which we can thank you during your lifetime for your gift. In addition, you will enjoy a special association with the orchestra and our classical programme, have the opportunity to access social events and receive updates about our work.

To find out more about becoming a Principal Partner please contact Alexandra Heley, Development Manager on 0191 443 4641 or by email at alexandra.heley@

Founding Patrons The Sage Group plc The Barbour Trust Northern Rock Foundation The Garfield Weston Foundation Joan and Margaret Halbert 10

For further information, please tick the relevant box on your subscription form or contact Alison Marley, Development Manager on 0191 443 5038 or by email at

How to book First of all fill in the personal details section on the booking form. Now decide how many concerts you wish to attend – you can choose 12, 19, 24 or 29 over the season. Tick your choices on the concert choice list on page 14. Then fill in the details of the Subscription package(s) you require, telling us the number of concerts in your chosen package, your preferred price area (see seating plan overleaf and please note that we have added an additional 150 seats in price band B at the front of the stalls), and the price of your package (see page12). Then tell us the number of people your choice applies to and calculate the total price. Please also tick the box to indicate whether you wish to sit on Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3. Please indicate whether you wish to take advantage of our bus service and calculate the total cost of those tickets, e.g. 12 return journeys to The Sage Gateshead @ £6.50 per return ticket = £78. Now calculate your total payment and fill in the payment section of the form making it clear whether you wish to pay over six months or in one go. You can then call our Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 to make your booking or return your forms by post, along with your payment, to: Ticket Office, The Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. If you prefer to book by post please ensure you mark your envelope “Subscription”.

Priority booking for existing Subscribers opens on Tuesday 12th May and tickets will be posted out from 19th May. Subscriptions go on general sale on Tuesday 2nd June 2009 and tickets for individual concerts in the subscription series go on sale on 16th June. See over for single ticket prices, including Area E tickets at £7. Seats will be allocated on a strictly first come first served basis: we can’t guarantee your chosen seats, and your seats may vary for some concerts, but we will do our best. We are sorry that we are unable to offer subscriptions in Area E. If you are aged 60 years or over you will receive a discount of £2 per ticket and then your percentage discount for your Subscription. Other concessionary prices apply to full time students, unemployed people and under 19s, who all receive 50% discount off the price of a full Subscription. The table overleaf calculates these variables for you. If you are a Subscriber with any physical difficulties, regardless of whether you use a wheelchair or not, it helps us to provide better customer service if you complete the section of the form on page 13 telling us of your specific requirements. If you have an essential carer they can come to concerts with you free of charge. Please make this clear on your booking form. Please also tell us if you bring a guide dog to concerts with you. If you wear a hearing aid, we advise you take advantage of our Sennheiser listening system which provides excellent audio quality. If you would like to use the system please tell us so we can reserve a headset for you. 11

Level Three Level Two

Level One Stalls





















NB: a further 5 rows of seats have been designated as Price B at the front of the stalls






£ 29.50

£ 25.00

£ 20.50

£ 14.00

Ticket prices for individual concerts Full

12 concerts - save 20% Full Subscriber Senior Subscriber Other concessions Subscriber

283.20 264.00 141.60

240.00 220.80 120.00

196.80 177.60 98.40

134.40 115.20 67.20

19 concerts - save 25% Full Subscriber Senior Subscriber Other concessions Subscriber

420.47 391.97 210.14

356.25 327.75 178.22

292.22 263.72 146.11

199.50 171.00 99.75

24 concerts - save 30% Full Subscriber Senior Subscriber Other concessions Subscriber

495.60 462.00 247.92

420.48 386.40 210.00

344.40 310.80 172.32

235.20 201.60 117.60

29 concerts - save 35% Full Subscriber Senior Subscriber Other concessions Subscriber

556.22 518.52 278.11

471.25 433.55 235.77

386.57 348.87 193.43

263.90 226.20 131.95


Booking Form Title

Please return as detailed on page 11





Telephone (Please fill in your telephone number in case we need to contact you about your booking)


Subscriptions Subscription type

No. of concerts

Price area (A-D)

ie. 12, 19, 24, 29

Subscription price (see p.12)

No. of people

Total £

Full Senior Other concessions Subscription total £

Preferred seating level (please tick)

Level 1

Bus tickets @ £6.50 per return ticket £

Level 2

Level 3

Total to pay £

Special requirements* (e.g. wheelchair user, guide dog, hearing loop)

*Please note any special access requirements you may have. We will do our very best to meet your requests.

Payment I enclose a cheque payable to The Sage Gateshead for £ Please write your card number on the back of your cheque. I wish to pay by Mastercard Card number



Issue No. (Switch/Maestro) Expiry date


Signature Staggered payments

If you are paying by credit or debit card, and wish to spread your payment over 6 months, please tick here. Payments will be deducted on the 15th of the month from June-November 2009. 13

Concert choice – 12, 19, 24 or 29 concerts

Please tick the subscription concerts you wish to attend: * denotes 7pm start 18th September

14th January

3rd April

25th September

29th January

9th April

9th October

5th February

24th April

18th October

14th February

1st May

29th October*

21st February

14th May

10th November

26th February

22nd May

19th November

13th March

28th May*

27th November

17th March

30th May*

3rd December

22nd March

4th June

18th December

23rd March

Please tell us how you first heard about subscriptions (e.g. already on mailing list, saw an advert in BBC Music Magazine):

If you are an existing customer, please enter your customer ID number here (it will be on the letter accompanying this brochure if you received it by post) If your customer ID number is not known to you please tick If you are a new customer, we will telephone you to ensure we understand your preferences and requirements.

Leaving a legacy gift is a personal and tax-effective way of remembering Northern Sinfonia in your will, ensuring the orchestra will be enjoyed by generations to come. If you would like to receive information about leaving a legacy to support Northern Sinfonia, please tick here If you have already included Northern Sinfonia or The Sage Gateshead in your will and would like to join our Legacy Circle, please tick here 14

They say that being proud is a bad thing. But we’re not so sure. At Classic FM, we’re proud to be part of the North East’s musical life. We’re proud that Northern Sinfonia is one of our partner orchestras. And we’re proud that more people across the UK hear the music of Northern Sinfonia on Classic FM than anywhere else. Photo: Mark Savage

The Sage Gateshead St Mary’s Square Gateshead Quays Gateshead NE8 2JR Chairman: Lord Puttnam of Queensgate Visit for information on all our projects at The Sage Gateshead, around the region and nationwide. Ticket Office: 0191 443 4661 Administration: 0191 443 4666

The details contained in this brochure are available in large print. Call 0191 443 4661. A note on text: for composers and repertoire, we use spellings from Grove Music Online. There are occasional exceptions where we’ve opted for the most commonly used title or name for ease of recognition. The information in this brochure is correct at the time of going to print: we reserve the right to make changes which circumstances may necessitate. North Music Trust is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee, number 4044936 and as a charity, number 1087445 Cover photo: Northern Sinfonia by Dan Brady

The Sage Gateshead 09/10 Classical Subscription Series  
The Sage Gateshead 09/10 Classical Subscription Series  

The Sage Gateshead 2009/10 Classical Subscription Series