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Travel through time this half term at Royal Northern Sinfonia family concert

For parents keen to encourage their children’s interest in music, Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Classics 4 Kids concerts at Sage Gateshead are a great family-friendly introduction to the classical genre.

At 45-minutes long, the interactive concerts are the perfect length for little ones’ shorter attention spans, giving children aged 5+ the unique opportunity to hear bite-sized sections of classical music in the right environment for them as well as experience a world-class orchestra live in action.

The next concert in the series, Classics 4 Kids: All About the Violin takes place on Saturday 17 February at 2pm in Sage One. Conducted by Clemens Schuldt and presented by Ruth Rosales, Royal Northern Sinfonia invites families to join them as they travel through time, stopping off in different musical periods and exploring the role of the violin in orchestral music.

For those wanting to listen and familiarise their children with the music prior to the concert, expect to hear excerpts from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons performed by Bradley Creswick, Purcell’s Rondo from Abdelazer, one of the works from the BBC Ten Pieces project, Arvo Pärt’s contemporary Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte and many more.

As well as the main concert, there will be free fun activities from 1.15pm on the Concourse before the concert starts, with craft tables for kids to make their own time-travel devices and the chance to have a go on an orchestral instrument with members of Royal Northern Sinfonia, as well as live music and dance lead by Royal Northern Sinfonia leader Bradley Creswick after the concert.

Tickets are £5.50 for children and £11 for adults and can be booked online here or by calling Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661.

For those wanting to book ahead, Classics 4 Kids returns with Musical Inspiration on Saturday 21 April, a discovery of the stories behind some well-known pieces of classical music that is certain to inspire young listeners!

For more information about our Classics 4 Kids series or Sage Gateshead’s other classical concerts, visit

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