Brundibár Arts Festival: Events 2017

Mon, 30th January 2017
at 7:00pm
Concert kindly supported by Cavatina for under 26s
Festival Opening Recital
Kings Hall, Newcastle University
Pre-concert address by Hanni Begg. Returning from school one day in 1943, she learnt that the Gestapo had taken her brother and sister away to Auschwitz. Hanni, whilst herself being taken to Auschwitz, made a miraculous escape, returned to Berlin, was hidden and survived.
Katya Apekisheva, Simon Wallfisch
and members of Royal Northern Sinfonia
M.Weinberg .... Piano Sonata No.2
E.Schulhoff ..... Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass
V.Ullmann ...... Drei Lieder (Baritone and Piano)
M.Weinberg .... 12 Miniatures for Flute & Piano
H.Krása ......... Passacaglia and Fugue for String Trio


30th January to
7th February 2017
Festival Masterclasses
Sage Gateshead and
Newcastle University
Our guest performers will be giving Masterclasses to students from Sage Gateshead and Newcastle University throughout the Festival.


Tue, 31st January 2017
at 7:30pm
A Walk Through The End Of Time
A play by Jessica Duchen
Based on fictional events surrounding Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time", it pays tribute to the enduring power of art, love and the human spirit.
Followed by a complete performance of the Quartet.
Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library
Joy Sanders and Phil Harrison
Kyra Humphreys, Jessica Lee,
Liubov Ulybysheva, Yoshie Kawamura


Sun, 5th February 2017

Arch 16 Cafe: 10:30am
Lit and Phil: 11:30am
Sage, Gateshead: 1:00pm
Newcastle City 
Klezmer Pop-up Day
Artists: HorovoD
Klezmer is toe-tapping Jewish folk music; perfect for families!
Free to all - No Ticket needed


Mon, 6th February 2017
at 7:30pm
Righteous Among The Nations
Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
Brundibár Arts Festival presents a unique exhibition and documentary screening about Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat, often named the "Japanese Schindler" who saved over 2,000 Jews during the Holocaust earning him the title "Righteous Among the Nations".
   The photo gallery shows a series of photos specially selected for Brundibár Arts Festival by Madoka Sugihara, Chiune Sugihara's grand-daughter. She is a Vice Chairman of NPO Sugihara Visas For Life based in Tokyo. These photos will take us through Chiune's background and his achievements which will be accompanied with written commentary by Madoka Sugihara herself.
   This event features the European Premiere of a short documentary film "Sugihara Survivors: Jewish and Japanese, Past and Future" directed by Junichi Kajioka. This uplifting film focuses on the subsequent lives of survivors after their escape from the Holocaust; including interviews by survivors about their experiences and their personal memories of Chiune Sugihara.
   The showing will be preceded by a performance of Rocking Mirror Daybreak by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, in honour of Sugihara.
Artists: Iona Brown, Alexandra Raikhlina
            Junichi Kajioka
Brundibár Arts Festival is grateful to the Sugihara family, NPO Sugihara Visas for Life, Tokyo and Alphabetti Theatre for their support of this event.


Interactive Schools' Workshops
Musical workshop series in partnership with
Culture Bridge North East and The Compass Trust.
Royal Northern Sinfonia members,


Tue, 7th February 2017
at 7:30pm
Concert kindly supported by Cavatina for under 26s
Festival Closing Recital
Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle
Natalie Clein, Jack Liebeck,
Krzysztof Chorzelski
and members of Royal Northern Sinfonia
J.Brahms ............ String Sextet
E.Schulhoff ......... String Sextet
A.Schoenberg ..... Verklärte Nacht

World Premier of
Brundibár Arts Festival New Commission
for string sextet by emerging composer Frederick Viner, winner of Sage Gateshead Mozarts of Tomorrow Composers Competition.