"According to a survey in the Times, the Northern Sinfonia is currently the third-best orchestra in the country. It's not clear on what criteria these rankings are based, but if the issue were adaptability then it would have to come out top.” The Guardian
Based in the Norman Foster designed The Sage, Gateshead, The Northern Sinfonia is one of Europe’s most exciting orchestras. Under its Music Director, Thomas Zehetmair, Northern Sinfonia’s repertoire covers the full range of Western classical music from early baroque, through the classical and romantic periods to specially commissioned new work.
The Northern Sinfonia is noted for its dynamic approach to programmes and performances, ranging from small-scale ensembles in intimate locations to the full orchestra in the major concert halls of Europe including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Albion Media worked with the orchestra from the start of the 2010/11 season to raise its national profile. The main theme of the 2012/13 season was the ‘Romantic Symphony,’ in which Thomas Zehetmair presented the complete symphonies of Brahms and Schumann in parallel.