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Bridges at RNS LIVE! Primary

RNS LIVE! Primary is a concert created specifically for primary school groups, giving young people the chance to hear Royal Northern Sinfonia perform live in the brilliant surroundings of Sage Gateshead.

Presented by experienced music educator Rachel Leach, the concert will feature water themed music from the orchestral repertoire.

There will also be a special screening of the film Bridges with live orchestra. We would love for your school to join us!

What is Bridges?

Sage Gateshead presents Bridges – a brand new animated, musical adventure by Ed Carter and Katie Simmons, featuring animation by NOVAK and music recorded with Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Bridges is a magical tale following the journey of a man, a dog, and their small fishing boat, overcoming a series of challenges as they navigate the River Tyne to an incident at Dunston Staithes, the largest timber structure in Europe.

This animation introduces the bridges as colourful characters of the River Tyne.

Bridges was originally commissioned for the Great Exhibition of the North and we are thrilled to be performing it once again as part of RNS LIVE! Primary.

About Ed Carter

Ed Carter creates musical compositions and interdisciplinary projects, using patterns and associations to create structures for (often site-specific) work

He has created work for London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games and Flow as part of the Cultural Olympiad. He created Barographic, a site-specific project, creating graphic scores from the architecture and atmospheric pressure of Sage Gateshead in 2013, as part of the Festival of the North East.

About Katie Simmons

Katie has been involved in the creation and production of “Go Jetters”, “ Yakka Dee”, “Show Me Show Me”, and “Mr Bloom’s Nursery” on CBeebies, and written scripts for shows including Andy’s Adventures, Gigglebiz and Digby Dragon.


NOVAK are a creative studio, based in Newcastle, producing innovative and ambitious art and design projects. Their work has featured alongside many critically acclaimed musicians at some of the world’s leading music events; including Glastonbury (UK), Coachella (USA), Fuji Rock (Japan) and Roskilde (Denmark).

Find out more about RNS LIVE! Primary here.