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‘Your Chair is waiting…in one of Europe’s most exciting orchestras.’

Principal Partners, past and present, talk in very fond terms of their association with Royal Northern Sinfonia. Here are just a few examples of what they say:

“Being Principal Partners has been an absolute pleasure for us. It has given us an opportunity for a unique insight into one of the UK’s best orchestras and a relationship with a wonderful musician. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in music.”
Michael & Ann Marie Robinson, Principal Partners to Section Leader Flute

“The North East affords us many pleasures. One that ranks is the Royal Northern Sinfonia, a constant delight. Being a principal partner has enormously enhanced that. We are particularly fortunate in currently supporting Louisa Tuck, its principal cellist; and an unexpected pleasure meeting up with her at the Wigmore Hall when she was playing with the Nash Ensemble. She has become a new friend that we treasure, one of quite a number arising from your Principal Partner Programme. In short, a total joy.”
Alan & Ros Share, Principal Partners to Section Leader Cello

“As a regular member of the audience, and as one closely involved with the Royal Northern Sinfonia for many years, I remain a committed supporter. Being a Principal Partner helps me to keep in touch with these outstanding musicians and to add a little extra to the broad community base which is vital for the future.”
Howard Layfield, Principal Partner to Section Leader Viola

“My late wife Rosemary, was a very keen supporter of the Orchestra for over 50 years and enjoyed the concerts particularly in Middlesbrough: the family felt it appropriate and are pleased to support the second violin chair in her memory”
Colin Hinton, Principal Partner to Section Leader 2nd Violin

“The invitation to sponsor the Principal Clarinettist had a double appeal for us. Susan’s late sister, Janet Ramsaran, studied the clarinet under Georgina Dobrée, Yona Ettlinger and Piet Honig before pursuing a professional career in the Netherlands for ten years. Having the Chair named after her seemed an excellent way to remember her. The partnership with our Principal has made us feel that the Royal Northern Sinfonia is really our orchestra and has encouraged us to attend more concerts, especially when he is playing. This has introduced us to some music that we might otherwise not have travelled to hear – and we have all benefited!”
Michael and Susan Cooper, Principal Partners to Section Leader Clarinet

“I’ve gone from watching to really being part of the family of Royal Northern Sinfonia and Sage Gateshead. I am very proud to support them. We are very lucky to have such a fabulous orchestra in the North East.”
Alan Johnson, Principal Partner to Section Leader Trumpet

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