Royal Northern Sinfonia is taking to the road again this summer and performing at the region’s beautiful churches.

As part of its mission to bring the very best in classical music to as wide an audience as possible, the orchestra is leaving its home of Sage Gateshead to perform works by Dvořák and others in Hexham and Ponteland, as well as Darlington, Carlisle, Cullercoats, Kendal, Alnwick, and Rothbury.

The tour runs from Friday, July 19 to Thursday, July 25.

Tomorrow, the musicians will be playing at St Mary the Virgin, Ponteland, where they will perform Martinů’s Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, the Barber String Quartet in B minor, Mvt.2 ‘Molto Adagio’, the Pavel Haas Wind Quintet, Op.10, the Barber Summer Music for Wind Quintet, Op.31and Dvořák’s String Quartet No.12 in F major ‘American’.

On Saturday, Royal Northern Sinfonia comes to Hexham Abbey.

The orchestra will play Copland’s Hoe-Down, Dvořák’s Two Waltzes, Martinů’s Nonet and Dvořák’s Symphony No.9, ‘From the New World’. The concerts start at 7.30pm and tickets cost £15 or £5 for 18s and under.

The tour is part of Royal Northern Sinfonia’s 60th anniversary season.

By the end of the season Sage Gateshead is aiming to raise £60,000 to help support the social and community work carried out by the orchestra. Tickets are available from the churches, but online booking is recommended at or by telephone on (0191) 443 4661.