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Northern Sinfonia - Folk Pioneers

Northern SinfoniaBBC Folk Musician of the Year, Kathryn Tickell peforms with the Northern Sinfonia on Sunday February 3rd at the Southbank Centre in London,

Tickell and the Gateshead based orchestra will explore the phenomenon of how folk music inspired many composers in the early 20th century. Taking us on a musical journey through the UK, passing through Spain, Australia, America and Armenia with the music of Falla, Grainger, Ives, Komitas and others.

Northern Sinfonia is one of the UK’s most exciting orchestras who have performed all over Europe. For this special gig they collaborate with Kathryn Tickell -  the foremost champion of the Northumbrian pipes. Also a composer, performer and successful recording artist Tickell’s work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria.

Kathryn also works collaboratively across many genres, making her work contemporary and exciting. She first took up the Northumbrian smallpipes at the age of nine, learning in the traditional way from shepherd musicians in outlying hill farms near her home. All the elements of landscape, weather and stories of the people that lived and worked there were part of her childhood. Kathryn’s personal evocation of this is heard through the traditional tunes and songs that she brings to audiences all over the world. She has released 14 of her own albums to date and has also recorded and performed with Sting, The Chieftains, The Penguin Café Orchestra, Evelyn Glennie, Andy Sheppard and many others.

As the Artistic Director of Folkworks, the folk development agency for the north east, Kathryn provides artistic leadership and inspiration for Folkworks programmes and is also the founder and Director of Folkestra, the north east’s dynamic young folk ensemble.  Full details and tickets at the link below.


Northern Sinfonia and Kathyrn Tickell - Folk Pioneers

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