Classical Café is an opportunity to experience classical music in a more relaxed, informal setting.
The space is set up café style, with small round tables, and we serve drinks and cake prior to the performance, which you can enjoy while you listen.
In support of local classical musicians and groups, this is an opportunity to see what the Tees Valley classical music scene has to offer.
If you haven’t been to a classical concert before, this is the perfect occasion to ‘dip your toe in’. We particularly welcome families with younger children to these concerts.
Sarah Paterson, Harp
Sarah graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2012, studying with Eira Lynn Jones.
While at the RNCM, Sarah was selected for the BBC Philharmonic Professional Experience Scheme, as Principle Harpist in the RNCM Sinfonia – resident orchestra at the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, Montepulciano – and to perform at Wigmore Hall. As a member of the dynamic RNCM Harp Ensemble she has performed at the Natural History Museum and the Baltic Art Gallery, and in 2008 she was honoured to be part of HRH Prince Charles’ 60th birthday celebrations at the Royal Opera House.
As a soloist, Sarah has performed Mozart Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra (Richmondshire Orchestra 2010), Britten A Ceremony of Carols (Swale Singers 2012), and in 2011 became the first harpist to win the Dianne Bolton Prize for Salon Music at the RNCM.
Sarah now enjoys an eclectic freelance career, working mainly across the North of England.
In this afternoons concert, Sarah will perform Tournier’s virtuosic "Au Matin" and Hindemith’s powerful Sonata, which show the pedal harp at its best, while stirring folk music and toe-tapping jazz illustrate the versatility of the lever harp. Some aspects of the programme reflect upon the pandemic which has impacted our lives, and the healing which must follow.