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Durham University



Dr Katherine Hambridge in two short films for Royal Northern Sinfonia

(20 May 2020)

Dr Katherine Hambridge has been working with the Royal Northern Sinfonia to introduce their repertoire to audiences in the North East. The Royal Northern Sinfonia, based at the Sage in Gateshead, has developed a new platform for learning about the chamber orchestra and its music: visit RNS Inside Story to take a look.

Dr Hambridge’s job as a music historian was to link musical developments to the history of the North East: in one short film she connected Mozart’s music to the culture of sociability and conversation that also prompted the founding of Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society in the 1790s; in another, on Romantic music, she showed how industrialisation across Europe in the nineteenth century led people to use music as an escape from ‘real life’.

The Classical Period, Music as a Conversation

The Romantic Period, Music as Escapism