The BBC Proms moved away from its traditional London base with a special performance in the North East.

Conductor Dinis Sousa and the Royal Northern Sinfonia collaborated with a new youth choir, Voices of the River’s Edge, and the folk ensemble Spell Songs, as the world’s biggest classical music festival made its northern debut at the Sage, Gateshead.

Voices of the River’s Edge, a new choir formed by 100 young people, performed the world premiere of a new work by Judith Weir, based on Julia Darling’s Indelible Miraculous.

They were joined by Karine Polwart, Rachel Newton and Jim Molyneux from Spell Songs, and Me Lost Me (Jayne Dent), in a performance described as, “bridging centuries and continents, with the shared joy of grassroots music-making.”

The world premiere of Indelible Miraculous, a poem by Julia Darling set to music by the Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir.

Darling is widely admired, particularly in the North East, which she made her home for many years.

Indelible Miraculous is said to play on the tension between celebration and pathos.

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The BBC Proms spans eight weeks and more than 80 concerts from leading orchestras, conductors, and soloists from the UK and around the world.

It aims to offer a summer of music bringing something for a wide range of tastes.

The 127th edition, running from July 15 to September 10, has seen the Proms expanding out of London, continuing founder Henry Wood’s original ambition of bringing the best classical music to the widest possible audience.

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