Violinist Rachel Podger to visit Middlesbrough

AN ACCLAIMED violinist is heading to Teesside for a concert featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Royal Northern Sinfonia return to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Sunday, April 24 will feature violinist Rachel Podger.

Everyone’s got their own favourite bit of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: the birdsong of Spring, the downpours of Summer, the celebrations of Autumn or the icy shiver of Winter.

Three centuries after they were composed, they’re as fresh and tuneful as ever – and there’s still nothing to beat the sensation of hearing these four brilliant concertos performed live in concert.

Rachel Podger – described as ‘the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin’ – is an expert on baroque music, as well as a dazzling violinist. She takes the spotlight in this concert and shares three more baroque gems by Telemann and Corelli: expect wit, drama and pure sonic splendour.

She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018, and the Ambassador for REMA’s Early Music Day 2020.

The Northern Echo: Acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger.Acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger.

A creative programmer, Rachel is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque.

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 and they appear frequently at venues in Europe, including La Folle Journée in Nantes.

In recent seasons they have toured to Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul and Tokyo.

  • Royal Northern Sinfonia play Middlesbrough Town Hall on Sunday, April 24 at 4pm. Bars open 3pm, Doors to Main Hall open 3.30pm

Tickets priced £25 (£12.50 concessions) are available from or the Town Hall Box Office on 01642 729 729

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