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Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Mon 1 January 0001 - Sat 19 January 2019
Leeds Town Hall (Victoria Hall)

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Royal Northern Sinfonia
Jessica Cottis - conductor
Jess Gillam - saxophone

Debussy - Danse sacrée et profane Listen
Milhaud - Scaramouche Listen
Stravinsky - Dances concertantes Listen
RNS Young Composer Competition Winner - New piece tbc
Debussy - Sarabande Listen
Villa Lobos - Fantasia for soprano saxophone Listen
Milhaud - Le boeuf sur le toit Listen

Please note, this concert begins at 7pm.

Free pre-concert talk at 6.15pm by George Kennaway.

The concert will be finished by approximately 8.50pm.

A mixed programme featuring a glorious feast of dance and jazz-inspired music. Darius Milhaud, although French, was infatuated by the music of Brazil and his Scaramouche for soprano saxophone and orchestra and hilarious Le boeuf sur le toit (The bull on the roof) are laced with the rhythms and tunes of that country. Villa-Lobos contributes to the evening with his Fantasia, a ‘swinging little piece’ for soprano saxophone, while two pieces from Debussy bring a sensuous mood and Stravinsky breaks open a paint-box of orchestral colours.

In a night of uplifting music, the Royal Northern Sinfonia will be joined by rising-star Jess Gillam. Recently seen stealing the show at this year’s Last Night of the Proms, Jess became the first saxophonist to be signed to Decca Classics after catching the public’s eye during the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition. An amazingly dynamic artist.


A £38.16, B £36.04, C £31.80, D £24.91,          
E £18.55, O £14.31 
Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off
(including booking fees)

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