Royal Northern Sinfonia is hitting the road again this autumn, bringing more music to local churches.

This week it will be performing the giants of French music – Ravel and Saint-Saëns – in Ponteland and Hexham. The concert will also feature a new arrangement of Debussy’s La Mer, created specially for the tour.

The first concert will be at St Mary the Virgin in Ponteland tonight at 7.30pm. And tomorrow, Royal Northern Sinfonia will perform at Hexham Abbey at 7.30pm.

The full programme is as follows: Prélude a l’après mini d’un faune by Debussy; Wind Quintet No.1 by Françaix; Introduction and Allegro by Ravel; Fantaisie for Violin and Harp by Saint-Saëns and La Mer (arr. Farrington) by Debussy.

In December the orchestra will be returning to Hexham with its popular Baroque Christmas by Candlelight concert.

The sinfonia is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a world-wide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making. The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms. Visit www.sagegateshead.com