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2019-20

middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk


Welcome to your Town Hall – the beating heart of Middlesbrough for the past 130 years. Our mission is simple: to bring authentic experiences to all who visit us, providing inspiring spaces for people to explore, participate and enjoy together. Classical music has been at the heart of the Town Hall programme from our opening night on the 23rd January 1889. We are delighted to offer some of Europe’s most celebrated and exciting orchestras performing powerful symphonies and beautiful concertos. Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) get things started this season with a matinee performance featuring conductor Kyra Humphreys, followed by the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra later in October.

Our orchestral concerts are accompanied by a programme of chamber concerts in our beautiful restored Courtroom. The wonderful acoustic of this stunning room will feature ensembles comprising players from RNS, performing works by the likes of Britten, Mozart and Brahms. Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the Beethoven Symphony Cycle comes to the Town Hall in 2020. Each cycle includes a performance of two Beethoven symphonies and a brand new commission from young and emerging composers. We are proud to bring you the very best classical programme whilst making this wonderful genre as accessible as possible. This season we have a range of special offers available for local people and regular ticket buyers: Buy 3 concerts in the season and receive 15% off all tickets.

The series continues with performances from Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Siberian Symphony Orchestra and St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the latter showcasing pieces by Sibelius and Tchaikovsky with a violin concerto by Jennifer Pike. 2


Conductor: Karin Hendrickson Violin: Kyra Humphreys Date: Sunday 6th October 2019 Venue: Main Hall Time: 4pm Tickets: £21/£26 + booking fee Copland Appalachian Spring Suite Barber Adagio For Strings Barber Capricorn Concerto Glass Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘The American Four Seasons’

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a worldwide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences. The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at major festivals, including the BBC Proms, with recent seasons touring countries such as Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul and Tokyo. This afternoon, Karin Hendrickson directs a performance including Copland and Barber pieces followed by Kyra Humphreys showcasing Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘The American Four Seasons’ by Glass.

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Thursday 17th October, 7.30pm The Courtroom

Royal Northern Sinfonia is the UK’s only full time chamber orchestra. Join us for a special series of chamber concerts in the stunning surroundings of our beautiful Courtroom.

Stamitz Oboe Quartet Britten String Quartet No.3 Elgar Andante and Allegro for Oboe and String Trio Mozart String Quartet

Sunday 12th January, 2pm The Courtroom Wolf Italian Serenade Boccherini Sextet, op.23 Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence

Thursday 21st May, 7.30pm The Courtroom Beethoven Op.18 No 5 Schnittke Quartet No 3 Brahms Clarinet Quintet

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Director: Yuri Botnari Soloist: Natalia Lomeiko Date: Monday 14th October 2019 Venue: Main Hall Time: 7:30pm Tickets: £21/£26 + booking fee Tchaikovsky Marche Slave Prokofiev Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Khachaturian Gayne

We welcome one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Moscow Philharmonic to the Town Hall. The concert starts with Tchaikovsky’s orchestrian tone poem, Marche Slave followed by Natalia Lomeiko’s interpretation of Prokofiev’s great masterpiece, his Violin Concerto. A performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake makes this a highlight of the season.

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Conductor: Ilya Maskevich Soloist: Milos Karadaglic Date: Tuesday 29th October 2019 Venue: Main Hall Time: 7:30pm Tickets: £21/£26 + booking fee Rossini Barber of Seville Overture Rodrigo Guitar Concerto Aranjuez Villa Lobos 3 Preludes for Solo Guitar Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Belgium’s leading orchestra will perform pieces by Rossini, Rodrigo, Villa Lobos and Beethoven’s symphony in four movements, Symphony No. 7. Global superstar guitarist Miloš Karadaglić performs the Guitar Concerto Aranjuez by Rossini, a miraculous composition of the 20th century. He is the first ever classical guitarist to have performed in solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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Conductor: John Forsyth MBE Soloists: Keri Fuge (soprano) Victoria Simmonds (mezzo-soprano) Nick Pritchard (tenor) Henry Waddington (bass) Orchestra: The Mowbray Orchestra Date: Sunday 8 December 2019 Time: 7pm Tickets: £5 - £18 + booking fee

The 100-strong Cleveland Philharmonic Choir, an excellent orchestra and distinguished soloists bring you a traditional start to the Christmas season. Enjoy a lively and expressive performance of Handel’s magnificent and much-loved work.

Handel Messiah

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Director: Dmitri Vasiliev Soloist: Freddy Kempf Date: Tuesday 21st April 2020 Venue: Main Hall Time: 7:30pm Tickets: £21/£26 + booking fee Glinka Ruslan and Ludmila Overture Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

“The Siberian Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Dmitry Vasiliev, play as if their lives depend on it” says critic Norman Lebrecht. British-born pianist Freddy Kempf, joins the Siberian Symphony Orchestra under the fine Russian conductor for one of the iconic showpieces in the piano repertoire. Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto is music on a grand scale, requiring old-school thunderous virtuosity, a work that pushes pianists to the very limits of their abilities. Yearning, melancholy and ending in a blaze of ecstatic glory, it’s also music that reaches deep into the Russian soul.

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Director: Ilya Maskevich Soloist: Jennifer Pike Date: Thursday 28th May 2020 Venue: Main Hall Time: 7:30pm Tickets: £21/£26 + booking fee Sibelius Finlandia Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - Jennifer Pike Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6

Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra formally known as the Imperial Music Choir will be conducted by celebrated musician Ilya Mashkevich. We welcome back Jennifer Pike, one of today’s most exciting artists, who will be performing the virtuosically challenging Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This orchestra will open their concert with Sibelius’ patriotic hymn to his homeland, Finlandia, and the evening will end with Tchaikovsky’s anguished, heart-rending Symphony No.6, the Pathetique. 9


Beethoven 250: The Next Generation In 2020 Royal Northern Sinfonia will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with performances of a Beethoven Symphony Cycle in RNS’ two key regional locations: Middlesbrough and Carlisle. Each cycle will include a performance of two Beethoven symphonies and a brand new Beethoven-themed commission. The project will work with young, emerging conductors from across the globe and will ask the next generation of conductors and composers why Beethoven is still relevant today.

Thursday 4 June 2020 Beethoven Symphony No.4 RNS Young Composers’ Competition prize-winning piece Beethoven Symphony No.6 ‘Pastoral’

Thursday 23 January 2020 Beethoven Symphony No.1 RNS Young Composers’ Competition prize-winning piece Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’

Thursday 19 March 2020 Beethoven Symphony No.2 RNS Young Composers’ Competition prize-winning piece Beethoven Symphony No.5 10


Classical Café Date: October - December 2019 Venue: The Crypt Time: Doors Open 2:15pm, Concert 3pm - 4pm Tickets: £3.50 (booking fee included) Our Classical Café afternoons present an opportunity to enjoy classical music in an informal and relaxed atmosphere, with coffee and cake while you listen! Sunday 13 October Opera Nova Kicking off the season with a selection of arias, duets and ensembles. Widely regarded as both

great fun and high quality, Opera Nova perform a wealth of repertoire from Mozart to Verdi across the region. Sunday 10 November Alice Dix (Soprano) and Ben Noble (Baritone) An afternoon journey through classical Mozart duets, English song, Austrian waltzes and 20th Century theatre classics. Sunday 22 December Erimus Singers High Quality choral music performed by this sixteen solo voice chamber choir based in the Tees Valley. 11


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£26 + booking fee

Wheelchair seats

£21 + booking fee

Personal Assistant seats

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Parking

Access information

Middlesbrough Town Hall has no on-site parking, however parking is available throughout the town centre.

Personal Assistant tickets

Council car parks All council car parks are free after 6pm. Those close to the Town Hall include mima, on-street at Corporation Road, on-street at Albert Road, on-street at Baker and Bedford Streets, France Street (white bays), Buxton Street, and Gurney Street. Cleveland Centre Visitors to the Town Hall during the evening can park at the nearby Cleveland Centre car park for just £1.50 between 6pm and midnight. Disabled (Blue Badge) parking Blue Badge holders can park free of charge in any bay in Council operated car parks (apart from the designated electric vehicle-only bays in Zetland and Captain Cook Square multi-storey car parks). Legislation also allows Blue Badge holders to park free of charge and without time limit in any on-street pay and display or limited waiting parking bays. This is clearly stated in the guidance issued to all blue badge holders when they receive or renew their badges.

Any customer who requires a Personal Assistant to be present in order for them to access the venue and evacuate it in an emergency, is entitled to a free ticket for their assistant. Qualifying documentation must be shown as proof of this: • A letter from the local authority confirming receipt of disability allowance • Local authority disability pass – this does not include blue badges • Local authority visual impairment card • Disability rail card • Doctor’s note (valid for 6 months) Once you’ve presented your proof to the Box Office, you won’t need to show it again for 12 months from that date in order to be entitled to Personal Assistant tickets. Please note, Personal Assistant tickets can only be purchased in person or by phone.

For more information please go to: www.middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk/accessibility or email: venueaccess@middlesbrough.gov.uk 13


We can provide this brochure in a range of accessible formats. Please contact the Box Office. Information in the guide is accurate at time of print.

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Tuesday:

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Middlesbrough Town Hall Albert Road Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ

Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00 Thursday:

10.00 – 18.00

Friday:

10.00 – 18.00

Saturday:

10.00 – 18.00

Sunday: Closed The Box Office is open until 9pm on show evenings

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