Sun­der­land wel­comes the sit­ting-room string quar­tet

BBC Music Magazine - - The Full Score -

If the most you’ve ever won in a raf­fle is a bot­tle of al­co­hol-free wine or a box of choco­lates well past their sell-by date, look away now. David and Elaine Han­ning­ton re­cently struck ex­tra-lucky when their tick­ets for a prize draw earned them a per­for­mance by four play­ers from the Royal North­ern Sin­fo­nia in their own home. With din­ing ta­ble and so­fas pre­sum­ably stashed else­where, the Han­ning­tons, reg­u­lar Royal North­ern Sin­fo­nia con­cert-go­ers who had been en­tered for the draw by con­tribut­ing to the orches­tra’s 60th An­niver­sary Ap­peal, found room in their Sun­der­land house not just for their quar­tet of per­form­ing guests but also a handful of ad­mir­ing friends as well. ‘It was a won­der­ful, mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence to hear such beau­ti­ful mu­sic close up in our own home,’ says David. ‘I can hon­estly say it will be a life-long mem­ory.’.

House mu­sic:The Royal North­ern Sin­fo­nia pop round for a play date

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