In a new initiative, Darlington Hippodrome and Orchestras Live are co-producing a concert series bringing the best of Britain’s professional orchestras to the town.

The London Mozart Players (pictured) appear on Monday 14th October 2019, with the Hallé performing on Thursday 9th January 2020.

The visits will include events and concerts for all ages that aim to ignite a passion for the wonderful sound of a live orchestra. There will be creative projects for local young musicians and tailored performances/events for young children.

Since 2017, the collaboration between the Hippodrome and Orchestras Live has attracted over 1,500 people to attend a performance and engaged 42 young people helping to create and perform three new pieces of orchestral music.

In this the third season, the London Mozart Players and the Hallé programmes will include unique pieces co-created and performed with the visiting orchestra and young musicians from Darlington schools. The season of events is being supported by Durham Music Service and Creative Darlington.

Orchestral music has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Darlington Hippodrome. Until the late 1940s the venue even had its own resident orchestra, The Hippodrome Grand Orchestra, which would play overture and interval music as well as supporting various visiting performers.