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welcome Courses, Classes and Workshops If you’re looking to get involved in music making at any level: beginner, experienced, or advanced – whether learning an instrument, joining a band, or taking part in a singing group, there’s something for everyone here. Sing, Play and Dance sessions for babies and young children with their families; a Saturday School for young musicians; and Adult and Silver programmes where you can learn with our inspiring musicians in a relaxed, friendly and supportive group of like-minded people. Enrol now, meet other budding musicians and begin your musical journey, whatever your chosen instrument or style! Our very welcoming and relaxed venue offers the perfect place for you to meet with fellow participants for coffee and cake before or after your class making your regular visit to us not just about music learning but much more than that. Often you’ll find there are music performances taking place in the cafe, sometimes even by peers from other groups and if you still haven’t had enough music then you could continue your time with us by attending a concert in Sage One or Sage Two – there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy.

To book your class you can either contact our Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 or visit There are no transactional fees for our courses, classes and workshops but a card fee does apply.

CONTENTS EARLY YEARS and family CLASSES (ages 0-8)


classes for young people (ages 4+)



6 - 17 7










Music theory


Partnership classes


folkworks tuesday

accessible music for adults (ages 18+) SILVER PROGRAMME (ages 50+)

10 10 - 12

14 - 17


19 - 25 19 - 20

rock and pop bands




21 - 22


22 - 23


23 - 25

20 21


EARLY YEARS and family classes Join our friendly specialist musicians in our welcoming, accessible Greggs Children’s Room. Children are born ready and eager to learn, socialise and interact with their families, friends and surroundings. Start your under 5 early on a journey which will support their development through music, movement and activities which can be used at home with the whole family.

Babies, Babble and Play (under 12 months) Mondays & Thursdays: 1.30pm, Wednesdays: 11am

Under 5 Sing, Play & Dance (0 - 4 year olds)

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 9.45am & 11am Tuesdays 9.45am, 11am & 1.30pm Wednesdays 9.45am & 1.30pm Autumn Term starts: Spring Term starts: Summer Term starts: See our website for the full list of dates.

5 September 2016 9 January 2017 24 April 2017

Tickets: £3.50 per person (second children’s ticket half price). Special deals for whole term bookings: book for a whole term and get each full price ticket for £3.

Family Ukulele Band (Aged 5–8 year olds) Saturday 10 September 2016 Saturday 8 October 2016 Saturday 5 November 2016

1pm 1pm 1pm

With no previous experience needed, our friendly and skilled musicians will take you through the ukulele basics, introducing new chords, strumming patterns; techniques and songs; developing and learning something new every month! Activities will be aimed at 5-8 year olds. Ukuleles and percussion instruments will be provided but you’re very welcome to bring your own instruments along. Tickets: £4 Concessions: £3.50 Family & Friends Ticket: £12 (4 people, at least 1 to be a child)

we have lots of family performance and participatory events throughout the year. find out more at


classes for young people Young Musicians Programme Musical Foundations

Saturdays 11.15am from january A 45 minute class for reception-aged children to develop their musicality in a fun and relaxed environment. In the second term they are introduced to string instruments in preparation for Foundation Strings. £66 per term

Foundation Strings

Saturday mornings (various timetables) A great way for children aged 5 and 6 to start their musical journey through a complete programme that pulls together string instrument lessons with musicianship and ensemble playing, with opportunities to perform at Sage Gateshead at the end of Autumn and Summer terms. From £220 per term

Step Up

Saturday mornings (various timetables) For children from the age of 8, who already have some instrumental experience (either via Foundation Strings or through individual learning) who want to develop their skills via individual lessons, music theory and orchestral playing. from £340 per term

Jazz Attack

Saturdays 2 – 3.30pm

A non-auditioned ensemble for those aged 11–16. Jazz Attack is the place for young musicians to experience spontaneous music making and to be creative, learn new ideas and approaches to improvisation, develop the ability to play by ear, and gain invaluable ensemble skills. £75 per term

Folkworks Saturdays

Saturdays 2 – 3.30pm

A non-auditioned ensemble for those aged 10–16. This is a fun, folk ensemble for young musicians at all levels and experience of folk and traditional music who want to develop their ability to play by ear and read music amongst other musical skills. £75 per term

our extensive programme includes auditioned programmes for more advanced musicians and means-tested bursaries. find out more at

PARTNERSHIP CLASS Swing Bridge Singers

Fridays 5 - 6.30pm

A non-auditioned a cappella choir for 13–18 year olds. Presented by Swing Bridge Singers This young choir sings in gorgeous close harmony under the direction of Andrew Scott. They sing a wide range of music, including hits from Adele and Zulu tribal greetings. For more information contact


ADULT LEARNING PROGRAMME Enrol now on one of our termly courses or one-off workshops, and learn from our inspiring musicians in an inclusive, supportive environment, alongside like-minded learners. Develop your skill on a range of instruments including guitar, ukulele, brass instruments, flute, saxophone, steel pans, singing and clog classes. Autumn Term starts: Spring Term starts: Summer Term starts:

19 September 2016 16 January 2017 24 April 2017

All terms are 10 weeks long and include a half term break, unless otherwise stated. All classes will take place at Sage Gateshead unless otherwise stated.

Prices Full price per term Concession price per term

£70 £52.50

Full price per year (Book for all three terms and save £20) Concession price per year (Book for all three terms and save £20)

£190 £137.50

Double-up Deal Enrol onto one class and get any other Adult Learning class at the concessionary rate (termly classes only).

Ability key AB



absolute beginner musician

beginner musician

beginner musician and UPWARDS


intermediate musician


confident musician

COME AND TRY DAYS Saturday 3 September 2016 10am & 1pm Saturday 7 January 2017 10am & 1pm Saturday 8 April 2017 10am & 1pm Come and try your hand at the ukulele, steel pans, fiddle or singing in these short taster sessions. Spend some time with our experienced leaders getting to grips with the basics and see what you enjoy. Cost per session: £8


Saxophone & Wind Instruments AB







Absolute Beginner Saxophone

Thursday 6 - 7pm

This introductory course will teach you how to play sax from scratch even how to put the instrument together!

Beginner Saxophone

Thursday 7 - 8.15pm

This course will develop your skills and give you the experience of playing with others.

Sax in the City

Monday 10 - 11.30am or Thursday 8.15 - 9.30pm

In this group you study jazz, funk and soul, experience playing in parts, and delve further into music theory.

Classic Winds Monday 6.30 - 8pm Join this wind band to play a range of genres including classical, folk and traditional music, songs from musicals and films plus well known classics. Intermediate Saxophone

Thursday 7 - 8.15pm

This course is ideal for those who have covered the basics of saxophone playing, feel reasonably confident and want to develop their skills further.

The Jam Room - Steps Into Jazz

Tuesday 7.30 - 8.30pm

This will allow you a chance to further advance your saxophone playing skills and technique.


Thursday 8.15 - 9.30pm

This exciting ensemble provides a fantastic opportunity to play sax with others.








Absolute Beginner Guitar

Wednesday 6.30 - 7.30pm

This class will enable you to learn the basic chords and strumming techniques which will equip you with the skills to play your favourite songs.

Beginner Guitar

Monday or Tuesday 6.30 - 8pm

You will develop your skills and learn how to play in a group.

Beginner Bass Guitar

Thursday 6 - 7.30pm

Learn the fundamentals of bass guitar from an inspiring tutor.

Electric Guitars

Monday 6 - 7.30pm

This class is for those interested in learning electric guitar techniques like riffing, soloing and playing in an ensemble. Learn famous rock songs in a clear step-by-step format, while expanding your repertoire through experimenting with a wide mix of genres.

Intermediate Guitar

MOnday 8 - 9.30pm or thursday 8 - 9.30pm

You will look at songs with and without barre chords and a light introduction to soloing ideas.




Intermediate Guitar: Next Steps

Wednesday 7.30 - 8.30pm

You will work on songs with riffs and soloing ideas using the minor pentatonic scales. You will also develop rhythm and picking techniques.

All About That Bass

Thursday 7.45 - 9.15pm

Ideal for those with a basic skill who want to broaden their horizons with some popular classics.

Guitar Stars

Thursday 8 - 9.30pm

In this group you will combine chords with riffing and soloing within a progression.


ukulele AB







Absolute Beginner Ukulele

Wednesday 6.30 - 7.30pm

In this class you will learn the basic chords and techniques enabling you to play songs on the ukulele with confidence.

Beginner Ukulele

Wednesday 7.30 - 8.30pm

You will learn new repertoire, develop your technique and grow in confidence.

Intermediate Ukulele

Wednesday 6.30 - 7.30pm

Improve your chord knowledge and learn crucial shortcuts to accelerate your playing.

Intermediate Ukulele Next Steps

Monday 8 - 9pm

For confident players, this is the next step in the ukulele journey.

Themed Ukes

Wednesday 7.30 - 9pm

Each term will explore a different theme. Previous themes have included Buddy Holly and songs from Back to the Future.

Uke Folk

Monday 6.30 - 8pm

This group will play folk songs predominantly from the Folk Revival, Celtic and Americana backgrounds.

Uke Troupe

Wednesday 7.30 - 9pm

A fun and informal ukulele group which explores familiar favourites and less familiar contemporary repertoire. Players will work on developing skills, technique and musicianship.



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Beginner Steel Pans

Monday 6.30 - 8pm or 8 - 9.30pm

Learn to play steel pan as part of an ensemble in a fun environment. A wide range of repertoire is covered and the sessions are relaxed and friendly.

Intermediate Steel Pans

Thursday 6.30 - 8pm

This is the ideal next step for you to broaden your repertoire.

Don’t Panic: Steel Pan band

Thursday 8 - 9.30pm

Playing a wide variety of repertoire, this energetic and exciting ensemble brings the sounds of the Caribbean to the North East.

singing AB



Find Your Voice

Wednesday 7 - 8.30pm

This is a group singing lesson which focuses on developing good technique from the start - singing simple harmonies, learning about your range and explaining sheet music in an informal, supportive and fun way.

Step into Singing

Thursday 6.30 - 8pm

In this group you will develop good technique, tips for vocal health and develop listening skills in an enjoyable atmosphere.

Singing Stellas

Saturday 11am - 1pm

Develop your vocal skills and harmony singing in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere, singing a wide variety of musical styles. Payable weekly in advance or on the door. Please note this group is for women only.

11 B+






In the Groove

Monday 7 - 9pm

In this animated group you will learn fun and funky arrangements of well known pop, rock and chart classics. With regular performance opportunities with a live band.


Wednesday 7 - 9pm

Participants will learn a repertoire of different musical genres including gospel, reggae, pop and folk from around the world.

Join the Dots

Wednesday 6 - 7pm

If you love singing but wish you could read music, then come and discover how to find your way around notation.

Femme Chorale

Tuesday 6 - 8pm

For women with a love for classical choral singing, this choir will work from a wide range of classical repertoire. Develop your harmony singing, improve technique and sight reading skills. Please note this group is for women only.

Philharmonic Voices

Monday 7.30 - 9.30pm

Gain an understanding of classical choral singing, develop your harmony singing, improve technique and sight reading skills with the opportunity to perform. To join please contact

Sage Gateshead Chamber Choir

Monday 7 - 9pm

This lively group rehearses and performs a broad and exciting repertoire in the building and around the region. You will need to be able to read music and hold a line in harmony. All applicants are invited for an informal audition. Please contact



Project: Singing

Wednesday 7 - 9pm

This a cappella ensemble focuses on a particular theme or composer from the classical tradition each term. For an informal audition please contact

Mood Indigo SingersThursday 7.30 - 9.30pm This audition-based choir will learn and perform sophisticated arrangements of great jazz, pop and gospel music. Please contact for an informal audition.





Blue Jazz Voices 

Monday 7 - 9pm

This group works on improvisation, repertoire, vocal technique and performance, working specifically with jazz and blues repertoire to develop a practical approach to solo singing and performance.

Sing Together Rehearsals from Wednesday 21 September 7.15 - 9.15pm Autumn term 21 september, spring term 21 january Len Young takes you through an exploration of a classical choral work, culminating in a performance (Saturday 3 December, St. Nicholas Cathedral) for family and friends. 

There is no half term break

cost: £62 per term


concession price: £50 per term

Inspiration Choir Conducted by Gary Griffiths, Inspiration is the largest community choir in the North East with the opportunity to perform with Royal Northern Sinfonia in Sage One. (11 December, 26 March, 9 July) Visit for more information and to register your interest. cost: £99 per term

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Come along and learn the techniques of brass ensemble playing across a variety of repertoire in this monthly session. Playing standard is Grade 5 minimum and orchestral brass instruments are used. Please note this is a monthly session. See for dates. Tickets to be bought in advance or on the evening. Cost per session: £5

music theory AB

Music Theory Saturday 10am – 12noon Saturday 17 Sept, 26 Nov, 14 Jan, 18 March, 20 May & 15 July These six sessions will cover the essentials of music theory, including how to read music, how chords and harmony work, understanding rhythms, time signatures and more. Each session will include elements of performance and composition in a hands-on approach to music theory. Attendance at all sessions isn’t essential, although it is encouraged. Tickets: £15

Concessions: £12

Buy two tickets and get the third half price


partnership classes These Adult Learning classes all take place at Sage Gateshead and are delivered by our partners.

Streetwise Opera  Tuesday 1 - 3pm These sessions are particularly for those who have experienced homelessness or who would benefit from a boost in confidence and the chance to meet new people through the means of singing. You can have fun singing a different opera each term in a friendly, relaxed and creative atmosphere. The sessions focus on having fun, performance skills, learning by ear and working together. For more information contact Fiona Fitzpatrick on 07598 327 573 or visit Caedmon Choir 

Tuesday 8 - 9.30pm

Join this community choir whose repertoire include traditional and contemporary songs including songs from other countries and cultures, in a wide range of styles. For more information, cost and to enquire about joining please visit

Cobweb Orchestra

Wednesday 1 - 3pm

A friendly and welcoming group open to players of all standards. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or have been playing for years, you will find something of interest in the varied repertoire. For more information and cost call 07880 346145, email or visit

Bede Wind 

Friday 7 - 9pm

A community wind band that plays a wide range of music and perform regular concerts in the North East with occasional tours abroad. New players of around Grade 5 standard are welcome. For more information please contact Elaine Middleton at or 0191 483 8031.

PLAY JAZZ! WORKSHOP Held on the first Saturday of each month except for August and January, 2 - 6PM (Monthly) Guided by experienced jazz musicians you will learn to improvise in a supportive environment. Each four-hour workshop includes a little bit of theory and lots of playing and listening. Suitable for musicians who are new to jazz, want to learn to improvise, refresh their skills and who want to meet and play with other jazz musicians. For more information visit



folkworkS tuesdays First session: 7 – 8.15pm Come and join the thriving folk and traditional music scene at Sage Gateshead. Classes are led by vibrant musicians, who will introduce you to the world of this genre and nurture your skills so that you can join in sessions with confidence. Northumbrian pipes in G and clogs are available to hire.


Absolute Beginner Fiddle


Absolute Beginner Northumbrian Pipes


Absolute Beginner Clog

These classes nurture your instrumental abilities on your choice of instrument.

These classes nurture your instrumental abilities on your choice of instrument.

The perfect platform to learn how to clog dance.


Beginner Fiddle


Beginner Clog Dancing


Beginner Northumbrian Pipes


Beginner / Intermediate Flute & Whistle

A great place to improve instrumental technique through repertoire picked specifically to maximise enjoyment and progression.

For those who have an understanding of the basics and are ready for the next step with repertoire picked specifically to increase technical ability.

A great place to improve instrumental technique through repertoire picked specifically to maximise enjoyment and progression.

Increase your repertoire whilst pushing your technical ability, meaning that you are confident to join in with bands. Please note that Flute & Whistle is mixed beginner/intermediate.




Folk Choir Your chance to sing folk and traditional music in 3 and 4 part-harmonies.

Band with Song Whether you’re new to folk or confident in the genre, if you like singing with instruments then this is the group for you. You can sing, play or do both.


Intermediate Band


Band by Ear


Folk Rock Band


Advanced Band


Advanced Ceilidh Band

For people who feel reasonably confident on their instrument and are ready for a step up into a performing band.

The aim of the ensemble is to develop aural and ‘learning by ear’ skills whilst learning tunes and arranging music in a band setting.

Play music from your favourite folk rock bands and become your own! This band will have access to a drum kit and amplifiers.

Fast tunes, emotive and evocative arrangements, and lots of fun. Some learning is done aurally and some with notation.

Whether you’re a choral or melody player you’ll have a great time exploring what makes a great ceilidh band, how to provide lift and groove and to work for each dance specifically.



folkworkS tuesdays SECOND session: 8.15 - 9.30PM



Band for Beginners This group is perfect for people who have little or no experience of playing in a group with other musicians.

Harmony Band The group will use instrumentation as well as vocals to create harmony filled arrangements of folk songs.


Intermediate Fiddle


Intermediate Band


Intermediate / Advanced Flute & Whistle


Intermediate / Advanced Fretted Strings


Intermediate / Advanced Clog Dancing

Classes are specifically designed to increase your repertoire whilst pushing your technical ability, meaning that you are confident to join in with bands.

For people who feel reasonably confident on their instrument and are ready for a step up into a performing band. Suitable for transposing instruments.

You’ll work to improve your understanding of style across a number of different areas and will aim to be confident to play in sessions and performances.

You’ll work to improve your understanding of style across a number of different areas and will aim to be confident to play in sessions and performances.

Classes specifically designed to increase your repertoire whilst pushing your technical ability meaning that you are confident in performance with opportunities to develop percussive dance.




Intermediate / Advanced Northumbrian Pipes This class aims to extend repertoire and improve your technique, with tunes selected to focus on more challenging and unusual fingering patterns. The class plays in “Pipers’ F” pitch.

The Northumbrian Ensemble You’ll work as an ensemble looking at melody, style and ensemble playing, leading to you being confident to join in sessions but also to fit into playing in folk bands.




Advanced Fiddle

Explore all aspects of percussion within traditional music including, but not limited to, Bodhran, Cajon and hand percussion.

You’ll work to improve your understanding of style across a number of different areas and will aim to be confident to play in sessions and performances.

Pass It On – The Tradition In Your Hands (Heritage Lottery Fund award) As part of Pass It On – The Tradition in Your Hands (a 12-month project exploring our folk heritage) Alistair Anderson and others will give specialist lectures on our Folkworks Tuesday programme. Each class will receive one session on the subject of regional heritage using archives and historic collections, brought to life through performance and learning.


accessible music for adults In our accessible building, we offer weekly singing groups for adults with additional needs as well as music therapy sessions.

Accessible Learning 1:1 One to one music making sessions designed for people of all ages with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The sessions last half an hour. Please contact for more information. £17.50 per session

Magenta Singers

Monday 1.30 - 3pm

The Magenta Singers are a group for people of any age who are living with acquired aphasia, run in association with the NETA Aphasia Support Centre. This supportive group sing accompanied repertoire from a wide range of musical genres with the aim of developing skills and working towards performances. No experience necessary. Payable weekly, in advance or on the door. £4.50 per session.

Sounds Good to Me

Wednesday 3.30 - 5pm

A group for adults with learning disabilities who have a love of singing. Carers and support workers are welcome at no extra cost. There are occasional performance and recording opportunities. Payable weekly, in advance or on the door. £3.50 per session.

Music Therapy 1:1 Music therapy is a specialist use of music to help people. For some it has physical benefits, for others emotional or social ones. Our qualified Music Therapists are experienced in helping people with a range of challenges including autism, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury, depression and lifethreatening or terminal illness. Music Therapy 1:1 sessions can be provided for people of any age. Sessions last half an hour. Please contact for more information. £30 per session


silver programme The Silver Programme provides a wide variety of daytime musical activities for people over 50, within a relaxed, informal, sociable and supportive environment. There’s something for everyone, from absolute beginners to experienced musicians. Autumn Term starts: Spring Term starts: Summer Term starts:

19 September 2016 16 January 2017 24 April 2017

All terms are 10 weeks long and include a half term break, unless otherwise stated. All classes will take place at Sage Gateshead unless otherwise stated.

Prices Group prices

£45 per term (£22.50 per half term).

Peer led group prices

£22.50 per term (£11.25 per half term)

Silver Singers Stanley please pay per session at the venue. Multibuy Discount If you book onto more than one class you will receive a discount of £5 (full term) or £2.50 (half term) for each different class booked. (This does not apply to half terms for the same class). Discounted rates are only available on sessions which cost £45 per term or £22.50 per half term. Once you’ve booked, you will need to retain your ticket and bring it along to your first session.

rock and pop bands For singers of all abilities and intermediate to advanced instrumentalists.

Silver Rock ‘n’ Roll Band

Wednesday 1 - 2.30pm Learn to play and sing all the classics - for those who love to ‘Twist and Shout!’

Roots Rock 

Thursday 4 - 5.30pm

A rock band line-up covering the folk and country side of rock.

Solid Rock Friday 11am - 12.30pm A large band focusing on more modern rock classics from the 80s, 90s and 00s


silver programme

Silver Sensations 

Thursday 2.15 - 3.45pm

This group plays all the rock and pop classics from across the eras. There are limited spaces available for confident, experienced players and places are allocated prior to the course starting. Please contact if you would like to join and to discuss if this is the right group for you before the start of term.

Silver Skiffle Band 

Friday 3 - 4.30pm

Traditional skiffle band featuring guitar, mandolin, washboard, singing, and teachest bass, playing 20s and 30s blues, American and English folk songs.

stringed instruments Silver Beginner Guitar

Friday 1 - 2.30pm

Learn the basic chords and techniques enabling you to play well-known tunes.

Silver Improver Guitar 

Thursday 10.30am - 12noon

This is the next step once you have learnt the basics to allow you to develop skills and gain confidence within a smaller group.

Sing ‘n’ Strum 

Thursday 12.30 - 2pm

This class is for those interested in singing and playing the guitar.

Pick ‘n’ Mix 

Thursday 1 - 2.30pm

For those who want to learn advanced techniques including finger picking, soloing and slide playing.

Silver Mandolin Orchestra 

Thursday 10.30am - 12noon

Improve and develop your mandolin skills in a friendly group.

Silver Bluegrass Band 

Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm

For singers and instrumentalists who are keen to learn Appalachian and American roots music. Guitar, ukulele, banjo and mandolin players all welcome.


ukulele Silver Beginner Ukulele 

Thursday 11am - 12noon

Learn the basic chords and techniques enabling you to play well-known tunes.

Silver Improver Ukulele

Monday 11am - 12.30pm

This is the next step once you have learnt the basics to allow you to develop skills and gain confidence within a smaller group.

Silver Ukulele Band

Thursday 2.30 - 4pm

A friendly, fun and relaxed group with a varied repertoire.

Silver Ukulele Ensemble

Thursday 12.45 - 2.15pm

Develop skills within a friendly group learning repertoire ranging from the roaring 20s through to the swinging 60s.

Silver Rock & Pop Ukulele

Monday 3.30 - 5pm

A ukulele band with a rock edge where you can learn to play arrangements of classic rock and pop hits.

percussion Silver Sambanistas 

Wednesday 11am - 12.30pm

This energetic samba band plays traditional and original pieces using Brazilian drums and hand percussion.

Tambours d’Afrique 

Wednesday 1 - 2.30pm

Explore African rhythms using traditional instruments including djembes and bells.

Silver Chimes 

Monday 2 - 4pm

Harmonised arrangements of folk, classical and popular music using bellplates (a modern alternative to hand bells). Peer led.

Silver Percussion Ensemble 

Wednesday 3 - 4.30pm

This exciting percussion ensemble plays complex and intricate pieces on a range of percussion instruments.


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Silver Beginner Pans 

Monday 3 - 4.30pm

Steel Pan group for beginners.

We have seven Steel Pan Bands within the Silver Programme and each group plays its own set of popular repertoire. You can progress from the Silver beginners group or from another steel pan group. Each group learns a different repertoire so you may need to catch up with old repertoire as well as learning new tunes. Please contact the Silver Programme to find out more about which group would be best for you

Pink Panthers (Steel Pans)  Steel Magnolia (Steel Pans)  Steel Stars (Steel Pans)  Steel Sapphires (Steel Pans)

Monday 4.30 - 6pm Thursday 12 - 1.30pm Thursday 1.30 - 3pm Friday 9.30 - 11am

Steel Gems (Steel Pans)

Friday 11am - 12.30pm

Blue Steel (Steel Pans)

Friday 1 - 2.30pm

Pandemonium (Steel Pans)

Friday 2.30 - 4pm

WIND INSTRUMENTS Silver Beginner Recorder 

Friday 2.30 - 4pm

Get to grips with the recorder, open to all abilities whether you can read music or not. Peer led.

Silver Improver Recorder 

Friday 11am - 12.30pm

For players who are ready to move on from the beginner group. Peer led.

Silver Recorder Ensemble 

Thursday 3 - 4.30pm

Learn a wide variety of repertoire from medieval dance music to The Beatles. Peer led.


Silver Wind Band 

Tuesday 10.30 - 12.30pm

For brass and woodwind instruments covering a broad range of repertoire.

Silver Sax 

Monday 3.30 - 4.45pm

Improve and develop your saxophone skills whilst covering a broad range of exciting repertoire.

Silver Recorder Consort 

Thursday 3 - 5pm

An informal group of competent players who play mainly 5-8 part music written for early instruments. Peer led.

singing Silver Rock Singers

Monday 1.30 - 3pm

This singing group looks at harmony arrangements of classic and contemporary rock songs.


Friday 1.45 - 3.15pm

Sing arrangements of classic pop songs, accompanied by a small band.

Silver Soul

Friday 3.30 - 5pm

Sing popular soul repertoire from both sides of the Atlantic.


Wednesday 11am - 12.30pm

Blues, jazz & gospel choir.

Silver Shantymen

Wednesday 1 - 2.30pm

For men interested in singing sea shanties. Peer led. There are limited spaces available and places are allocated prior to the course starting. Please contact before the start of term if you would like to join and to discuss if this is the right group for you.


silver programme

Silver Divas 

Wednesday 1 - 2.30pm

Sing everything from popular songs to Broadway classics.

Silver Plainsong

Tuesday 1.30 - 3pm

Single, unaccompanied melodic lines of chant learnt by ear. This is religious music, but people of any faith / no faith are welcome. Peer led.

Silver Singers Gateshead

Thursday 11am - 12.30pm

This is a good starting point if you’re not sure which singing style is for you. No experience necessary.

Opera d’argento

Wednesday 3 - 4.30pm

The chance to sing songs from operas, operettas, opera choruses and arias with occasional classical and sacred pieces and traditional folk songs. Suitable for anyone who can follow a part.

Shades of Silver

Wednesday 11am - 12.30pm

Sing a mixed repertoire, including popular classical, pop, music from the shows and more. Suitable for anyone who can follow a part.

Silver Breves

Monday 11am - 12.30pm

A classical choir with more complicated and challenging sacred and secular work. Experience in part-singing and ability to follow written music required.

Silver Madrigals

Tuesday 11am - 12.30pm

Many voice parts are woven together in these songs from the Elizabethan era. Experience in part-singing and ability to follow written music required.

Silver Chorus

Monday 1.30 - 3pm

Three-part singing with some solo work within choral arrangements both accompanied and a capella. Experience in part-singing and ability to follow written music required.


silver singers around the region Singing groups in venues near you. Welcoming, sociable groups singing a wideranging mix of repertoire in parts to suit any level led by musicians from Sage Gateshead in venues around the region. No experience necessary.


Monday 11am - 12.30pm

St Columba’s United Reformed Church Hall, 30 Northumberland Square, North Shields, NE30 1PW £45 per term (£22.50 per half term)


Wednesday 10.45am - 12.15pm

St Hilda’s Church, Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1BH £45 per term (£22.50 per half term)


Monday 10.30am - 12noon

Stanley Masonic Hall, Scott Street, Stanley, DH9 8AD (Pay per session). This group is delivered in partnership with Leisureworks. For more information call Leisureworks on 01207 218020.

In addition to our weekly silver groups and classes, we present special performances and amazing one-off activities throughout the year. visit the website, email or phone 0191 443 5034 for information about future events.


booking information To book your class you can either contact our Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 or visit There is no transaction fee for our courses, classes and workshops. However, a fee will be applied if paying by debit or credit card. Terms and conditions apply. See website for details.

additional information If you enrol for one of our activities and decide that it isn’t right for you, we will offer you a full refund as long as you let us know within your first three weeks of attending. All information in this brochure is correct at the time of going to print, however, we reserve the right to withdraw or change activities and class dates. For up to date information please visit We reserve the right to refuse or terminate enrolment and/or to eject a person from a class or building. We strive to ensure the correct placement of participants within musical levels and have the right to make adjustments where necessary, according to the code of conduct.

A large print version of this brochure is available on request.

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Thank You

Sage Gateshead values its partnerships with individuals, trusts and foundations, companies and its core revenue supporters Arts Council England, North East and Gateshead Council. As a registered charity this support is vital to allow us to continue and develop our work. Trust and Foundation Supporters The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation The John S Cohen Foundation The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust The Foyle Foundation The Garfield Weston Foundation Gillian Dickinson Charitable Trust The Hadrian Trust The Kavli Trust The Monument Trust Netherton Park Trust PRS for Music Foundation The Shears Foundation The Sir James Knott Trust The Squires Foundation The Vardy Foundation The WA Handley Charitable Trust Youth Music Project Supporters Newcastle City Council, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Darlington Borough Council, DCSF Music Manifesto and Music and Dance Scheme

Founding Patrons The Sage Group plc The Barbour Foundation Northern Rock Foundation The Garfield Weston Foundation Joan and Margaret Halbert

public funding

Platinum corporate Partners

Gold corporate Partners

Silver corporate Partners

Bronze Partners

O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions, Sanderson Weatherall, Solution Group, Northern Elevator Limited, Switch Gas & Electric

Stuart Halbert Foundation Anne Reece Clore Duffield Foundation Mr & Mrs M Howard Bowland Charitable Trust Ms W Oloman The Sir James Knott Trust founding Endowment and Greggs plc 10th Birthday endowment Donors The David Boardman Trust The Shears Foundation Roland Cookson Fund The David Goldman Programme 1989 Willan Trust The Go-Ahead Group plc 400 Club Northern Arts Board Christopher Beadle and Colin Ferguson Fenwick Ltd Cunard Northumbrian Water Christopher French The Barbour Foundation Mr J Cuthbert The Vardy Foundation Gillian Dickinson Charitable Trust

John Bell Charitable Trust John and Florence Adamson Charitable Trust Northern Arts Board Mr Anthony Sargent CBE The Squires Foundation Lord Falconer of Thoroton Legacy Bequests Stuart Ayre Vivien Mary Moor

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