New Tyneside Orchestra gives UK premiere in Newcastle concert celebrating the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

On Saturday 18 November at St Nicholas Cathedral, New Tyneside Orchestra will be presenting a musical celebration of the life and achievements of Dr Martin Luther King Jr as part of Freedom City 2017 a city-wide programme marking the 50th anniversary of Dr King receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

New Tyneside Orchestra (NTO) is made up of over 70 musicians and is one of the leading amateur symphony orchestras in the North East.  It has been bringing a wide range of music to audiences and players since it was founded in 1970, and has an ethos of presenting well-known musical works alongside neglected music that deserves to be heard more often.  New Tyneside’s Freedom City concert will be no exception, with music by orchestral composer Aaron Copland (Fanfare for the Common Man) alongside lesser-known works, including the UK premiere of Fanfare on Amazing Grace and Three Spirituals by eminent American composer and educator, Adolphus Hailstork.

The orchestra will also be performing Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah, and the third movement of Duke Ellington’s last major work Three Black Kings, dedicated to Dr King.

William Grant Still’s Symphony No.1 “The Afro-American” concludes this exciting programme, directed by NTO’s conductor Monica Buckland and led by violinist Dawn Allen.

Tickets are available on the door or from, priced at £11 / £8 / £4.  For more information about NTO find us on Facebook, Twitter (@NewTyneside) or go to the orchestra’s website