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Events Diary: March-May 2013

A what’s on guide to everything we do including: Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Fiddles on Fire, Hexham Gathering, Beth Nielsen Chapman concert and masterclasses and more


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Welcome from our General Director Welcome to our Spring diary – a feast of every conceivable kind of music anchored around five major festivals. This year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival is our ninth, again offering jazz-lovers a richly varied, packed weekend menu; Fiddles on Fire (our biennial violin feast) fills another vivid May weekend; we’re delighted to welcome back the warmhearted Northern Chords festival; Everyone Deserves Music is a hugely varied week of Community Music; and at the end of May once again we take over Hexham and its environs with England’s only folk festival created for young people – the Hexham Gathering. As ever, our whole programme celebrates young talent - in this diary welcoming back our partners the National Youth Orchestra in a great Europe/New York/Hollywood programme; Europe’s emerging artists in the ECHO Rising Stars series, another teeming Young Musicians Programme Presents day, tomorrow’s folk stars showcased in Future Traditions, Gateshead schools’ Dance Festival and many other celebrations of young talent, while our own regional Quay Voices choirs visit Tees Valley to sing in the magnificent Wynyard Hall.

We’re delighted to welcome back wonderful musicians like Richard Thompson and Gretchen Peters, Loudon Wainwright III and Beth Nielsen Chapman (doing a songwriting masterclass as well as her concert), and Northern Sinfonia’s hugely varied three months ranges from eighteenth century wind music to contemporary Americana taking in projects with the excitingly eclectic Australian composer Brett Dean, the peerless Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, the emerging Latvian conductor Ainars Rubikis and returning friends Thierry Fischer and Nicholas Collon – plus further projects picking up this quarter’s American theme. These three months are also rich in special events, from audio-visual pioneers The Light Surgeons to the latest leg in our wonderful collaboration between master guitarist Martin Simpson and the Pakistani singer and guitarist Arieb Azhar. Our expanding programming in Gateshead’s fine Old Town Hall includes workshops ranging from vocal improvisation to jazz guitar and samba drumming, also offering Needles & Notes (for lovers of knitting and singing!); another Folkworks Absolute Beginners Day, and Zumba Live (fitness classes), with much more to come in the months ahead. And finally, our much loved Shop has now entered the online world – choose from an even wider range of gifts now from the comfort of your kitchen! Whatever in this cornucopia of treats and discoveries brings you to The Sage Gateshead, I hope you have an enjoyable and rewarding visit.

Anthony Sargent General Director

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Front cover: Johanna Juhola - Sunday 21st April “Humour, surprises, sensitivity, originality... Johanna’s music is golden-rimmed and sunny.” Trad Mag

Americana

Sunday 3rd Mar Saturday 16th Mar Tuesday 16th Apr Sunday 19th May

Gretchen Peters plus support Ben Glover Hear My Song with Beth Nielsen Chapman plus very special guests Johnny Winter plus support Mitch Laddie The Handsome Family plus support

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BRASS

Sunday 21st Apr Massed Brass Bands: A Night at the Opera

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popular and contemporary Friday 1st Mar Friday 1st Mar Tuesday 5th Mar Thursday 7th Mar Friday 8th Mar Saturday 9th Mar Saturday 9th Mar Tuesday 12th Mar Wednesday 13th Mar Friday 15th Mar Sunday 17th Mar Monday 18th Mar Saturday 23rd Mar Friday 29th Mar Friday 12th Apr Monday 15th Apr Monday 22nd Apr Tuesday 23rd Apr Friday 26th Apr Sunday 28th Apr Monday 29th Apr Thursday 2nd May Wednesday 8th May Friday 10th May Wednesday 15th May Friday 17th May Sunday 19th May Sunday 19th May Friday 24th May

Sad Café plus support Rumours of Fleetwood Mac: 35th Anniversary ‘Rumours’ Tour Beth Hart plus support Pete Molinari Amy Macdonald plus special guests Tommy Emmanuel with Special Guest Martin Taylor Anton and Erin ‘Go to Hollywood’ Willy Mason Light Surgeons: SuperEverything Duke Special plus support Lisa O’Neill The Solid Silver 60s Show Heather Peace Gabrielle Aplin plus support The Hollies Classic Clapton The Lindsay Tin EP launch plus The Union Choir Pere Ubu: Lady from Shanghai Tour 2013 plus support Variety Lights The Feeling Ricky Ross - Untold Stories Low plus support 10cc’s Graham Gouldman with Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens presents Heart Full of Songs Robben Ford Tom Paxton Loudon Wainwright III plus support Electronic Voice Phenomena Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited II (no support) The Zombies Fish Curtis Stigers: Up Close and Personal Bonobo

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classical Sunday 3rd Mar Thursday 7th Mar Sunday 10th Mar Monday 11th Mar Thursday 14th Mar Sunday 17th Mar Wednesday 20th Mar Saturday 23rd Mar Sunday 24th Mar Sunday 24th Mar Friday 29th Mar Saturday 30th Mar Sunday 31st Mar Thursday 4th Apr Thursday 11th Apr Thursday 11th Apr Friday 12th Apr Sunday 14th Apr Sunday 14th Apr Wednesday 17th Apr Wednesday 17th Apr Wednesday 17th Apr Friday 19th Apr Saturday 20th Apr Saturday 20th Apr Saturday 27th Apr Sunday 28th Apr Friday 3rd May Thursday 9th May Sunday 12th May Friday 17th May Saturday 18th May Sunday 19th May From Monday 20th May Sunday 26th May Thursday 30th May

Young Classical Artists Trust: Bartosz Woroch Northern Sinfonia: ‘Harmoniemusik’ John Wilson and Northern Sinfonia: Can’t Help Singing Jill Crossland Piano Recital Northern Sinfonia: Fischer’s Beethoven Inspiration Presents ‘And The Winner Is...’ Newcastle International Chamber Music Series: The Fine Arts Quartet Sing Together: Fauré’s Requiem (Performance) BBC Sunday Morning: Jennifer Johnston Serious Cabaret: Leaving Berlin Northern Sinfonia: Distant Light Northern Sinfonia: Petite Symphonie ECHO Rising Stars: Daniela Koch Northern Sinfonia: Grieg Piano Concerto National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain: Europeans in New York and Hollywood British Red Cross presents Janina Fialkowska Northern Sinfonia: Contemporary America ECHO Rising Stars: Igor Levit Young Musicians Programme presents: NYOS Junior Orchestra and Stringendo Samling Masterclass Newcastle International Chamber Music Series: The Atrium Quartet Ludovico Einaudi Northern Sinfonia: Angela Hewitt Samling Concert Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir, Newcastle University and Samling Scholars Cobweb Orchestra Intermediate Orchestra Day ECHO Rising Stars: Isabelle Druett Northern Sinfonia: Fiddle Fantasia Northern Sinfonia: Dean’s Beethoven Northern Sinfonia: Epitaphs Northern Sinfonia: Seven Last Words Prom Praise North East Concert Ensemble 7Bridges Presents ‘Channel Hopping’ Northern Chords Festival Northern Sinfonia: ‘Two of Us’: The Lennon and McCartney Songbook Northern Sinfonia: Danses Concertantes

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Sunday 24th Mar Amaan Ali Khan Friday 19th Apr Arieb Azhar and Martin Simpson Sunday 21st Apr Making Tracks: Johanna Juhola

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jazz and blues Monday 11th Mar Robert Cray Band From Friday 22nd Mar Jazz Café From Friday 5th Apr Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 Saturday 27th Apr Quercus: Iain Ballamy, Huw Warren & June Tabor Sunday 28th Apr The J Word presents: Trilok Gurtu/Paulo Fresu/Omar Sosa Fraser Fifield and Graeme Stephen

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folk and traditional Sunday 3rd Mar Richard Thompson: The Electric Tour plus support Sunday 10th Mar Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight Wednesday 13th Mar Clannad Thursday 14th Mar Megson Friday 15th Mar Folk Rising: Lizzie Nunnery, Melissa Whitehead & Andy Watt and Maia Saturday 16th Mar Robb Johnson Thursday 28th Mar The Furnace: Morris Offspring & Faustus Sunday 14th Apr Mike Harding: Me, a Guitar and Some More Daft Stuff Thursday 18th Apr Lau Tuesday 30th Apr Future Traditions Wednesday 1st May Chris Wood From Friday 3rd May Fiddles on Fire From Thursday 23rd May Hexham Gathering From Tuesday 28th May Future Traditions: Folk Degree Final Recitals Tuesday 28th May Alasdair Roberts & Lady Maisery Wednesday 29th May Allan Taylor and Rab Noakes Friday 31st May Future Traditions: Final Year Celebration Concert

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youth and community Friday 8th Mar NU: Talent 2013 Saturday 9th Mar Students @ The Sage Gateshead: Experience Durham Tuesday 12th Mar Gateshead Schools Dance Festival Friday 15th Mar Shiney Row Rocks! Sunday 17th Mar Quay Choirs Friday 22nd Mar Barnardo’s Young Supporters’ Concert Tuesday 2nd Apr & Students @ The Sage Gateshead: Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music Wednesday 3rd Apr Friday 5th Apr Quay Voices in Barnard Castle Sunday 14th Apr Young Musicians Programme Presents: Sinfonic Winds Sunday 14th Apr Young Musicians Programme From Sunday 21st Apr Young Musicians Programme Presents: Weekend School Live Monday 29th Apr Durham Music Service Showcase - Extravaganza From Saturday 11th May Everyone Deserves Music: A festival of Community Music

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non-musical/spoken word From Tuesday 5th Mar Exploring Music: A weekly series of Introduction to Music talks From Wed 6th Mar Barographic - A Mechanical Composition Installation by Ed Carter From Thursday 7th Mar Introduction to Jazz Tuesday 12th Mar The LitPop Book Club: A book club for music lovers - ‘Telegraph Avenue’ by Michael Chabon From Monday 18th Mar Quiz Night at The Sage Gateshead Tuesday 9th Apr The LitPop Book Club: A book club for music lovers – ‘Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain’ by Oliver Sacks Tuesday 14th May The LitPop Book Club: A book club for music lovers – ‘I’ll Never Get out of this World Alive’ by Steve Earle

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family From Saturday 2nd Mar Under 5s Music-Making (0-4 year olds) From Saturday 2nd Mar Planet Music (5-7 years) From Sunday 3rd Mar Sunday Lunchtime Performances From Monday 4th Mar Babies Babble, Play and Move (0-12 months) Thursday 14th Mar Megson: ‘When I was a Lad’ Family Concert Thursday 21st Mar Things That Go Bump In The Night From Saturday 30th Mar Family Fun Days Saturday 6th Apr Big Family Jazz Bash From Thursday 18th Apr Musical Bumps Saturday 25th May Songs Before You Were Born

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participation Contact us for dates Live Recording Experience Saturday 2nd Mar Vocal Development Day Sunday 3rd Mar Feel the Spirit Friday 15th Mar Beth Nielsen Chapman Songwriting Lecture/Workshop Friday 15th Mar Beth Nielsen Chapman - Songwriting Masterclass (Invite Only) Saturday 6th Apr An Introduction to Vocal Improvisation Saturday 6th Apr An Introduction to Jazz Guitar Saturday 13th Apr Folkworks Spring Absolute Beginners Day From Monday 15th Apr Folkworks Mondays: Absolute Beginners (various instruments) From Monday 15th Apr Themed Ukuleles From Wed 17th Apr Zumba Live From Wed 17th Apr Needles & Notes From Wed 17th Apr Project: Singing From Thursday 18th Apr Samba Drumming Saturday 18th May Come And Try (various instruments and songwriting)

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GATESHEAD OLD TOWN HALL: We are delighted to announce an exciting new

partnership with Gateshead Council to bring new life to the historic and much loved Gateshead Old Town Hall. In the coming months we will develop a vibrant and broad-based programme of musicmaking, learning and performance, welcoming people of all ages.

GATESHEAD OLD TOWN HALL WORKSHOPS Saturday 6th April

Saturday 13th April

Gateshead International Jazz Festival

Folkworks Spring Absolute Beginners Day

An Introduction to Vocal Improvisation Gateshead Old Town Hall, G1, Millennium Hall, 11am In this two hour workshop we explore ways into vocal improvisation - from ‘scat’ singing around American Songbook standards to wordless musical expression. Think Bobby McFerrin meets Louis Armstrong! Tickets: £10

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Saturday 6th April Gateshead International Jazz Festival

An Introduction to Jazz Guitar Gateshead Old Town Hall, G26, Council Chambers, 11am An introduction to jazz harmony and improvisation for guitarists who have established a reasonable level of facility (i.e. understanding of basic chord progressions, major and minor scales and arpeggios). Tickets: £10

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Gateshead Old Town Hall, Various spaces, 10am-4.30pm Choose from fiddle, tin whistle, folk guitar or Northumbrian pipes in a friendly and fun taster day. Pipes will be provided but for all other instruments please bring your own. Tickets: £35

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Every Monday from 15th April - 1st July (excluding 3rd june)

Folkworks Mondays: Absolute Beginners Northumbrian Pipes, Penny Whistle, Fiddle, Folk Guitar

Every Monday from 15th April - 8th July (excluding 6th may, 27th may)

Themed Ukuleles Gateshead Old Town Hall, G26, Council Chambers 6.30pm For ukulele players who are keen to try something new. This term we will be looking at bluegrass. Tickets: £66 for the course

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Every Wednesday from 17th April - 26th June (excluding 5th june)

Gateshead Old Town Hall, Various spaces, 7pm

Zumba Live

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Tickets: £66 for the full course

Gateshead Old Town Hall

This ten week course of fitness classes will end on a high with music from a live samba band. Tickets: £35 for the ten week course

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Every Wednesday from 17th April - 3rd July (excluding 5th June)

Every Wednesday from 17th April to 3rd July (excluding 29th May, 5th June)

Project: Singing

Needles & Notes Gateshead Old Town Hall, G24, 6.30pm If you love knitting and enjoy singing then this is the group for you. Bring your own knitting! Tickets: £66 for the course

An a cappella ensemble focusing on a particular classical composer or theme each term - see website for full details. To book your voice test, please email: adultprogramme@thesagegateshead.org. Tickets: £66 for the course

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Every Thursday from 18th April - 4th July (excluding 6th June)

Samba Drumming

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Saturday 18th May

Saturday 18th May

Come and Try: Songwriting

Come and Try: Guitar, Ukulele or Gamelan

Gateshead Old Town Hall, G24, 11am

Gateshead Old Town Hall, G1, Millennium Hall, 6.30pm Delve into the world of samba percussion with this new addition to our adult learning offer - a great way to let off steam. Tickets: £66 for the course

Gateshead Old Town Hall, G26, Council Chambers, 6.30pm

Songwriting workshop for all abilities. Work from a blank sheet with creative support to create an exciting piece of original music. Part of Adult Learners Week. Tickets: £10

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GATESHEAD OLD TOWN HALL PERFORMANCES

Gateshead Old Town Hall, Various spaces, 11am & 2pm Choose to learn either the Gamelan (provided), ukulele (can be provided) or guitar (you’ll need to bring your own) in these taster sessions for adult beginners. Part of Adult Learners Week. Tickets: £5 per workshop

Saturday 9th March

Tuesday 12th March

Sunday 19th May

Willy Mason

Light Surgeons: SuperEverything

The Handsome Family plus support

Gateshead Old Town Hall, G1, Millennium Hall, 8pm

Gateshead Old Town Hall, G1, Millennium Hall, 8pm

Presented by Portions For Foxes.

A live, cinematic performance created by the UK’s leading audio-visual artists. This is a kaleidoscopic portrait of the diverse cultural landscape of Malaysia.

One of America’s finest songwriting partnerships hailed by Greil Marcus as “the Beatles of the folk world” – this dark twisted brand of Americana has cult status.

Tickets: £12.50

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Gateshead Old Town Hall, G1, Millennium Hall, 8.30pm Elements of dub and reggae infuse themselves seamlessly with guitar, low strings, and Mason’s inimitable gravel deep vocal.

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Every Thursday from thursday TO april

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Musical Bumps

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The Greggs Children’s Room, 6pm Sing to your bump, learn lullabies to help soothe the baby when it arrives, and enjoy gentle exercise with an ‘active birth’ focus in this six week course of two-hour classes for pregnant women. Subsidised by Gateshead Adult Learning. Tickets: £21.60 for the course. mondays and Thursdays from Monday thursday TO march march

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Babies Babble, Play and Move (0-12 months) The Greggs Children’s Room, 1.30pm (sessions do not run on Bank Holidays) Start a musical journey with your baby in these magical interactive music-making sessions. The activities support your baby’s development through music and movement, and can easily be used at home. Tickets: £3 per person (second child half price). Special deals for whole term bookings.

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saturday TO march

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monday TO april

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friday may

Under 5s Music-Making (0-4 year olds) The Greggs Children’s Room, Mondays-Saturdays: 9.45 and 11am; Tuesdays and Wednesdays additional sessions: 1.30pm (sessions do not run on Bank Holidays) Fun singing, movement and music-making, designed to support your child develop musical and social skills. Plus lots of new ideas for songs to sing and games to play at home. Tickets: £3 per person (second child half price). Special deals for whole term bookings. Please note sessions will not run on Bank Holidays. Come and join in with our free Concourse activities instead!

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Planet Music (5-7 years)

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The Greggs Children’s Room, 1pm Blast off on an exciting adventure of musical discovery! These classes promote the development of musical skills such as singing, pitch awareness, rhythm and movement in an engaging, fun and playful way. Tickets: £3 per person (second child half price).

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thursday march

thursday march

Megson: ‘When I was a Lad’ Family Concert

Things That Go Bump In The Night

Hall Two, 1.30pm

Hall One, 7pm

Award winning folk duo Megson bend their infectious mix of heavenly vocals and lush harmonies into a gentle, entertaining concert for pre-school children and their parents and carers.

Join Northern Sinfonia, Quay Lads (our regional youth choir for boys) and children from local primary schools as they embrace their inner monsters to present this fun and ghoulish family performance.

Tickets: £3.50 per person (Family layout)

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saturday april

Gateshead International Jazz Festival

Big Family Jazz Bash The Barbour Room, 11am & 1.30pm A large helping of fun, song and movement for the whole family! Including improvisation and moves especially chosen for families to get involved, plus some jazz classics. Suitable for ages 2-7. Tickets: £2.50 per person

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Songs Before You Were Born Hall Two, 2pm Saturday night disco – family style! Jam-packed with hits from the 60s-90s, dance routines and singalongs, this interactive concert will delight all the family and introduce children to great music from the past. Tickets: £5.50 per person. (Family layout) Suitable for under 7s.

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Family Fun Days Concourse, 10am-4pm Free, fun bank holiday family activities! Come along and get creative with arts and crafts, have your face painted or listen to the storytelling. Over the Easter Bank Holidays you can also try Easter bonnet making or explore the building on an egg-citing Easter Egg Trail. Suitable for ages 3-8. Free Photography © Sally Baitch, Mark Savage

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Exploring Music A weekly series of Introduction to Music talks covering a wide range of musical themes.

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tuesday march

World of Music From the sounds of the Indian sitar to the African drums of war, discover a world of music with Nanette de Jong, lecturer in music at Newcastle University.

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tuesday march

Four Seasons Introduction to Spring Music Denis McCaldin, conductor and former Professor of Music at Lancaster University, explores composers including Haydn, Vivaldi, Respighi and Stravinsky who celebrate Spring in their music.

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tuesday april

Introduction to the Piano Concerto

Music and Nationalism

From the early concertos of Mozart and Beethoven to the emotional spectrum of works by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Grieg, the piano concerto is an inspiring genre of music. Classical pianist Stephen Waller explores.

Many composers reflect national identity in their music, through the use of folk tunes, harmonies and historical events. Sean McMenamin of Newcastle University examines the close bond between the composer and their country.

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tuesday march

Who was Bartók? Join retired Performance Programme Director at The Sage Gateshead, Simon Clugston, to explore the life and music of Béla Bartók, regarded as one of Hungary’s (and the 20th century’s) most influential composers.

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tuesday april

The Fiddle and Dance as Sexual Symbols in Traditional Song As we gear up for Fiddles on Fire (see page 42), retired director of Newcastle University’s Folk Degree, Vic Gammon, explores traditional songs featuring explicit symbols in a musically illustrated session. Age: 14+ only.

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Each talk is held in the Squires Seminar Room at 7pm and led by a specialist in the chosen area. Using audio and visual examples, they guide audiences through the history of the subject, its connections with today’s culture and influence on other art forms.

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tuesday april

Introduction to Religious Music

Jazz - Sounds of the 20th Century

To mark Easter, join Jeremy Dibble, Professor of Music at Durham University, as he introduces the spiritual relationship between music and religion.

Before the Gateshead International Jazz Festival kicks off (see page 30), jazz musician and lecturer James Birkett explores the exciting and vibrant world of jazz, from its African origins to free jazz.

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tuesday may

Who was Beethoven? Discover Beethoven, the composer whose music transcended both the classical and romantic periods, with classical music enthusiast Stephen Waller.

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tuesday may

The Music of Shostakovich Simon Clugston, retired Performance Programme Director at The Sage Gateshead, introduces the Russian composer who lived his life and wrote his music under the ever watchful eye of the Soviet government.

Tickets for each Exploring Music session: £7

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Young Prodigies Ahead of the National Youth Orchestra’s appearance at The Sage Gateshead (see page 31), Chorus Master of Northern Sinfonia, Alan Fearon, introduces some other young prodigies: Mozart, Paganini, Britten and Yehudi Menuhin.

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Who was Stravinsky? Chorus Master of Northern Sinfonia, Alan Fearon, explores the life and music of Igor Stravinsky on the 100th anniversary of the infamous premiere of ‘The Rite Of Spring’.

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Friday march

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac: 35th Anniversary ‘Rumours’ Tour Hall One, 7.30pm

Friday march

Presented with CMP. Tickets: £22.50

Sad Café plus support Hall Two, 8pm Manchester pop-rock band Sad Café, originally led by Paul Young, had a run of chart success in the 70s and 80s with hits like ‘Everyday Hurts’, and ‘Strange Little Girl’. This is their first major tour in 27 years.

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Perfectly replicating the power, hypnotic subtlety and blissful emotion of Fleetwood Mac at their best.

Presented with Venues All. Tickets: £17-£20

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Sunday Lunchtime Performances Concourse, various times Come and listen to a range of music on our Concourse for free! Full line up and timings will be announced on our website: www.thesagegateshead.org/concourse © Mark Savage

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march Inspirational Michael Harper Weekend With roots in the African-American tradition, Michael is a concert and opera singer and choral director. He has worked with Sing Up and Youth Music as a consultant and trainer and is a leading light of the Natural Voice Network.

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Vocal Development Day

Feel the Spirit The Barbour Room, 10.30am-4.30pm

The Barbour Room, 10.30am-4.30pm A great opportunity for all singers who wish to improve their understanding of the voice and singing technique. This fun and exciting day will include physical and vocal warm-ups to connect the breath to the voice then to singing and expression with uplifting songs to learn.

saturday march

In a day reflecting his Southern roots in Virginia, Michael leads this workshop of traditional spirituals and gospel with great gusto. With accompaniment at the keyboard from versatile native New Yorker Abraham Hampton, you are assured of a truly unforgettable experience. Open to all singers. michael harper

Tickets £28. Book for both days: £50

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Presented by 20,000 Voices in partnership with The Sage Gateshead

sunday march

Young Classical Artists Trust at The Sage Gateshead Hall Two, 11am Bartosz Woroch: Violin Simone Van der Giessen: Viola Philip Higham: Cello Robert Thompson: Piano Schumann Papillons Schubert Quintet in A, ‘The Trout’ Several of YCAT’s rising stars join forces in this second concert of the series. Tickets: £16

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Richard Thompson: The Electric Tour plus support Hall One, 7.30pm One of our greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy. “A perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist”. Rolling Stone Presented with Serious and Asgard.

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sunday march

Gretchen Peters plus support Ben Glover Hall Two, 8pm Hailed by many as one of Nashville’s best contemporary songwriter, GRAMMYnominated Gretchen Peters performs from her acclaimed latest album, ‘Hello Cruel World’.

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Beth Hart plus support Pete Molinari Hall One, Doors 7pm Songs from the depths of the soul, sung with one of the most evocative, authentic American voices of our time. Hits include ‘L.A. Song’ and ‘Leave the Light On’. Presented by DHP Concerts. Tickets: £18.50-£22.50 (Standing available)

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Festival of the North East

Barographic - A Mechanical Composition Installation by Ed Carter Concourse, all day during building opening hours See the barograph installation chart changes in atmospheric pressure within The Sage Gateshead during the transition from Winter to Spring. These will be used as graphic scores for a brand new piece of music, to be performed live in June as part of Festival of the North East. Free

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Amy Macdonald plus special guests

thursday march

Hall One, Doors 7pm Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald is back on tour with her honest songs and rootsy folk-rock where real tales of real lives became stomping singalongs. Presented by SJM Concerts.

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Tickets: £19.50-£29.50. Under 14s must be accompanied.

thursday march

The Late Mix

Northern Sinfonia: ‘Harmoniemusik’ Hall Two, 9pm Northern Sinfonia perform one of Mozart’s most weird and wonderful creations – ‘Harmoniemusik’ from ‘Il Seraglio’. Tickets: £16 (In the Round)

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friday march

NU: Talent 2013

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Hall Two, 6.45pm

Introduction to Jazz

Showcasing different genres of musical talent; covers and original material from some of the area’s most promising musicians.

Squires Seminar Room, 7pm

Presented by Northumbria University.

Cost: £30 for the four week course

Tickets: £10

thursday March

Come along to hear tunes from the turn of the 20th century, meet the key musicians and discover how the genre has continued to evolve in this exciting course led by jazz enthusiast James Birkett.

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friday march

Tommy Emmanuel with Special Guest Martin Taylor Hall One, 7.30pm An unmissable show for guitar fans, featuring the legendary Australian steel-string virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel and UK fingerstyle jazz master Martin Taylor – with solo sets and selections from their new album together. Tickets: £20

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saturday march

Students @ The Sage Gateshead

Experience Durham Hall Two, 7pm Durham University showcase a selection of their finest music ensembles. Tickets: £7.50 c (Cabaret layout)

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saturday march

Anton and Erin ‘Go to Hollywood’ Hall One, 3pm & 7.30pm A salute to the golden years of the MGM musicals. The UK’s favourite dancing duo are back with a dazzling new show featuring superb singing, stunning dancers and a sensational show band. Tickets £16-£42.50

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sunday march

John Wilson and Northern Sinfonia: Can’t Help Singing Hall One, 7pm John Wilson is back, with favourite guest vocalist Kim Criswell, to sing the songs of some of Hollywood’s greatest stars. Hear great numbers from ‘Funny Girl’, ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘The Music Man’ and many more.

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sunday march

Folkworks

Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight Hall Two, 8pm The son and daughter of folk legend Lal Waterson move decisively into new territory vivid characters come to life in songs which fly high and far, with forays into ragtime, music hall and traditional folk. Tickets: £12.50

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Robert Cray Band Hall One, 7.30pm For thirty-plus years Robert Cray has laid down track after track of good-time, uptown, low-down blues. Promoting his new album ‘Nothin’ But Love’, Robert Cray is one of the most popular artists in blues and soul music. Presented with CMP Entertainment. Tickets: £29.50-£39.50

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Jill Crossland Piano Recital Hall Two, 8pm Bach Toccata in C minor Fantasia in C minor Selections from the Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 (no.4, 21, 23) Selections from the Well Tempered Clavier Book 2 (no.1, 2, 6, 24) Beethoven Piano Sonata no.14 in C sharp minor ‘Moonlight’ Chopin Fantasie-Impromptu op.66 Nocturnes, op.9 (no.1, 2) Nocturnes, op.27 (no.1, 2)

Tickets: £15

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Gateshead Schools Dance Festival

Jill Crossland combines the Bach interpretations for which she is celebrated, with night-themed Romantic music. Presented by Jill Crossland.

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Hall One, 10am, 1.30pm and 6.30pm Pupils from Gateshead Schools will showcase their work in dance, performing routines linked to the theme ‘Musical Theatre and Film’, voted for by pupils and teachers alike earlier in the year. Presented by Gateshead School Sport Partnership. Tickets: £6

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tuesday march

The LitPop Book Club: A book club for music lovers

‘Telegraph Avenue’ by Michael Chabon MEC, 7pm The LitPop Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Please bring your own copy of the book. Free but ticketed

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wednesday march

In a career spanning four decades, Clannad have made music that entwines the traditional and the modern. With their haunting songs, mesmerising vocals, and captivating sound the group has sold over 15 million records worldwide. Tickets: £26.50 & £29.50

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wednesday march

Duke Special plus support Lisa O’Neill Hall Two, 8pm Belfast-based Peter Wilson, AKA Duke Special, is a unique performer and songwriter with a knack for beautifully crafted melodic and idiosyncratic pop. He is known for songs such as ‘Freewheel’ and ‘Last Night I Nearly Died.’ Tickets: £13-£15

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thursday march

Northern Sinfonia: Fischer’s Beethoven Hall One, 7.30pm Thierry Fischer: Conductor Baiba Skride: Violin Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste Martin Violin Concerto Beethoven Symphony no.8 in F Thierry Fischer joins exciting young violinist Baiba Skride in a performance of Frank Martin’s concerto, following their celebrated recording, before bringing us Beethoven’s beautiful Eighth Symphony.

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Shiney Row Rocks!

Hall Two, 8pm

Hall Two, 7.15pm

Husband and wife duo Megson bring their unique brand of folk music to Hall Two. With blissful voices and driving rhythmic guitars and mandolas, they are “A force in the folk revival.” The Observer

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Shiney Row Rocks! promises to be the most ambitious yet. Sunderland College music students will deliver an unforgettable night of music with even more special guests and the biggest surprises yet.

Tickets: £12

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The Solid Silver 60s Show Hall One, 7.30pm

friday march

Classic hits from the original hit-makers. Starring Mike Pender (the original voice of The Searchers), featuring Dave Berry and Wayne Fontana, backed by New Amen Corner. With very special guests The Merseybeats. Presented with Flying Entertainment. Tickets: £24 & £26.50

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Folk Rising: Lizzie Nunnery, Melissa Whitehead & Andy Watt and Maia

friday march

Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 7.45pm Lizzie Nunnery is a singer-songwriter and captivating new voice in British folk. Melissa Whitehead and Andy Watt from the Scottish highlands are gathering acclaim for their original and traditional tunes. Maia are upbeat and multiinstrumental, making feet tap and heads turn. Tickets: £8

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Folkworks

Robb Johnson Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 7.45pm Full of wit, political fire and well-aimed satire, Robb Johnson’s songs have earned him acclaim from diverse quarters and a devoted following. “One of Britain’s most challenging songwriters.” The Daily Telegraph Tickets: £10

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Beth Nielsen Chapman Songwriting Lecture/Workshop Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 10am Beth Nielsen Chapman presents an open workshop on unleashing creativity and honing songwriting skills. Tickets: £10

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Beth Nielsen Chapman Songwriting Masterclass (Invite Only)

Hear My Song with Beth Nielsen Chapman plus very special guests

Music Education Centre, 1-6pm

Hall Two, 8pm

Singer-songwriters attending the morning workshop can apply to attend a free invitation only masterclass, focused on song critique and performance. Register your interest by 22nd February when purchasing a workshop ticket. See website for more details.

A unique opportunity to hear the Nashville based smash-hit songwriter in an exclusive one-off intimate acoustic concert performing her own material, including new material from ‘The Mighty Sky’. Beth will also be joined by the massed voices of the Emmanuel College Choir.

Free

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Heather Peace

Quay Choirs Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley, 7pm Quay Voices Quay Lasses Quay Lads Enjoy an evening in the splendour of this country house whilst listening to the wonderful sounds of The Sage Gateshead’s regional youth choirs. Tickets: £9.50 c (includes f s b refreshments served in the Statue Gallery up to an hour prior to the performance)

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sunday march

Hall Two, 8pm With her trademark soaring vocals and honest lyrics, Heather returns to the road to support her latest album ‘Fairytales.’ Her stories of relationships, friendships and finding your way are set against jazz soaked piano melodies and pop guitar riffs. Presented by Kaleidoscope Records Ltd. Tickets: £18.50

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sunday march

Inspiration Presents ‘And The Winner Is...’

monday march

Hall One, 6pm Gary Griffiths: Music Director Inspiration Choir Northern Sinfonia The massed voices of Inspiration Choir present the first of their year-long journey through the greatest musical theatre hits, featuring songs from award-winning musicals including ‘The Lion King’, ‘Cats’, ‘Les Misérables’, and ‘South Pacific’.

Gabrielle Aplin plus support Hall Two, 8pm

This performance is sign language interpreted by Cliff Lee.

Following her successful number one debut single, the hauntingly beautiful cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘The Power Of Love’, used in the Christmas John Lewis advert, Gabrielle Aplin has announced her seventh UK tour.

Tickets: £7-£16.50

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Quiz Night at The Sage Gateshead Concourse, 8pm

Test your mental worth with a mix of music and general knowledge rounds in our monthly Monday Quiz Night. Free

Newcastle International Chamber Music Series: The Fine Arts Quartet

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Hall Two, 7.30pm Mozart String Quartet in D, K.575 Shostakovich String Quartet no.1 in C, op.49 Glazounov Novellette op.15: Waltz and Orientale Verdi String Quartet in E minor This leading American ensemble brings a varied programme of mature Mozart, unusually relaxed Shostakovich, exotic Glazounov, and ebullient Verdi, whose only quartet, like his operas, is full of heart-stopping melodies. Presented by Newcastle Chamber Music Society. Tickets: £12-£19

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friday march

Barnardo’s Young Supporters’ Concert Hall One, 7.30pm Enjoy a celebration of talent as 400 children from local schools sing their hearts out to help raise money for children less advantaged than themselves. Presented by Barnardo’s. Tickets: £6-£10

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Jazz Café

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Concourse, 8pm Enjoy a relaxing evening of jazz with performances on the Concourse on the fourth Friday of the month. Full line up and details will be announced on our website: www.thesagegateshead.org/concourse

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saturday march

Sing Together: Fauré’s Requiem (Performance) Hall Two, 7pm Conductor: Len Young Our latest Sing Together choir perform two exciting and very different choral favourites, Fauré’s Requiem and ‘Zadok the Priest’. The first half of the concert features a performance by The Sage Gateshead’s new classical choir, Project: Singing, which is led by Simon Fidler.

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The Hollies Hall One, 7.30pm All the hits, including ‘The Air That I Breathe’, ‘Look Through Any Window’, ‘I’m Alive’, ‘Stay’, ‘Sorry Suzanne’, ‘Bus Stop’, ‘I Can’t Let Go’, ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, and many more.

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Tickets: £24 & £28.50

sunday march

BBC Sunday Morning: Jennifer Johnston Hall Two, 11am BBC Radio 3 kicks of its series of ‘New Generation Artist’ showcases with the remarkable British mezzosoprano Jennifer Johnston. With pianist Alisdair Hogarth, Jennifer performs a beautiful selection of English ‘Songs for a Sunday Morning’, including music by Elgar, Britten, Warlock and Vaughan Williams. Tickets: £15

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Amaan Ali Khan Hall Two, 8pm

Amaan Ali Khan, son of the maestro Amjad Ali Khan, is one of the foremost modern proponents of the Sarod. Accompanied by Raj Kumar Mishra (tabla). Presented with GemArts Tickets: £15

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Serious Cabaret: Leaving Berlin Hall One, 7pm Mary Carewe: Vocals Philip Mayers: Piano Join highly acclaimed singer Mary Carewe as she journeys into the world of Berlin cabaret from the 1930s and beyond. Featuring songs by Eisler, Gershwin, Weill, Porter and Britten including ‘Mack the Knife’, ‘Falling in Love Again’ and, of course, ‘Cabaret’. Tickets: £10 & £15

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Folkworks

The Furnace: Morris Offspring & Faustus

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Hall Two, 8pm An explosive mix of rich vocal harmony, cracking tunes, speed, sticks and bounce with the unstoppable machinery of Morris Offspring and the mighty sound of folk powerhouse Faustus. With Benji Kirkpatrick and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead) and Saul Rose (WarHorse). Tickets: £13 & £15

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Northern Sinfonia: Distant Light Hall One, 7.30pm Bradley Creswick: Director/violin Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances Peteris Vasks Violin Concerto ‘Distant Light’ Prokofiev (arr. Barshai) Visions Fugitives Bartok Divertimento Bradley Creswick directs a string programme full of the passion and light of Eastern Europe. Hang around for a post-concert performance where Northern Sinfonia join forces with dancers from Dance City to bring new interpretation to one of tonight’s works. Tickets: £10-£32

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Northern Sinfonia: Petite Symphonie Hall Two, 8pm Gounod Petite Symphonie Janácek Mládi Ibert Trois Pieces Breve Enescu Dectet The Northern Sinfonia wind players take centre stage for a concert of lively wind chamber music from Europe.

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Tickets: £16 friday march

Classic Clapton Hall Two, 8pm A two-hour journey through the music of Eric Clapton, performed by After Midnight, including all the hits – ‘Wonderful Tonight’, ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, ‘Lay Down Sally’, ‘Crossroads’, ‘Tears in Heaven’, ‘Layla’ and even an unplugged segment. Tickets: £12.50

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ECHO Rising Stars

Daniela Koch Hall Two, 11am Mozart Sonata in G minor for Flute and Piano, K301 Schubert Introduction and Variations in E minor for Flute and Piano Georges Enesco Cantabile and Presto for Flute and Piano Paul Taffanel Fantasy on Weber ‘der Freischutz’ for Flute and Piano Daniela Koch has already cemented her place as an exciting young flautist. In this recital, we really hear the variety in how composers have used the flute.

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Tickets: £16

wednesday april

Students @ The Sage Gateshead:

Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music Hall Two, 7pm A range of inspiring performances across two nights by some of the top student musicians in the region – all studying on the BMus (Hons) Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music degree delivered at The Sage Gateshead in partnership with University of Sunderland. Tickets: £7.50

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Special offer: buy a ticket for both concerts for £10 thursday april

Classical FM Concert Series

Northern Sinfonia: Grieg Piano Concerto Hall One, 7.30pm Rory Macdonald: Conductor Denis Kozhukhin: Piano Beethoven Overture to Leonora no.3 Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor Mendelssohn Symphony no.4 in A ‘Italian’ The famed vibrant opening, and the romantic poignancy of Grieg’s best known work, sits alongside the southern warmth of Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’.

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Quay Voices in Barnard Castle St Mary’s Church, Barnard Castle, 8pm Matthew Beckingham: Conductor Enjoy our vibrant regional mixed voice youth choir, Quay Voices, in the delightful surroundings of this restored church in Barnard Castle. Tickets: £5

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The LitPop Book Club: A book club for music lovers

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thursday april

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain: Europeans in New York and Hollywood

‘Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain’ by Oliver Sacks

Hall One, 7.30pm

MEC, 7pm

Schoenberg Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (after Handel’s Concerto Grosso, op.6 no.7)

The LitPop Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Please bring your own copy of the book. Free but ticketed

Simone Young: Conductor Navarra String Quartet Korngold Captain Blood Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances Imagine the swashbuckling, derring-do filled world of Errol Flynn and you’re in the right vibe for this concert, exploring the music of European composers living in Hollywood and New York in the 30s and 40s. Tickets: £14-£20. Under 25s: £5

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British Red Cross presents Janina Fialkowska Hall Two, 7.30pm Works by Grieg, Schubert and Chopin Internationally renowned concert pianist Fialkowska has triumphantly performed all over the world since undergoing treatment for a rare cancer in 2002, and hearing the words “You may never play again.” In aid of the British Red Cross.

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Tickets: £20

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friday april

The Lindsay Tin EP Launch plus The Union Choir Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 8.15pm Fast-rising North East band The Lindsay Tin launch their new EP alongside titans of the local scene The Union Choir. Full line-up announced on our website soon.

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friday april

The Late Mix

Northern Sinfonia: Contemporary America Hall Two, 9pm Steve Reich Violin Phase Carter Piano Quintet Cage Fourteen David Lang These Broken Wings Our Composer-in-Association David Lang curates this concert, including his own propulsive and playful ‘These Broken Wings’ plus music from the provocative to the hypnotic. Tickets: £16

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ECHO Rising Stars

Igor Levit Hall Two, 11am Igor Levit: Piano Beethoven Diabelli Variations Igor Levit is an incredibly versatile musician, working with top orchestras as well as great chamber musicians. In this recital he tackles Beethoven’s hugely exciting set of variations on Diabelli’s simple waltz. Tickets: £16

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sunday april

Young Musicians Programme Concourse, 2.30pm A mix of young musicians from our open access ensembles performing in advance of the National Youth Orchestra concert in Hall One at 4pm. Free

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sunday april

Young Musicians Programme presents:

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland Junior Orchestra and Stringendo Hall One, 4pm Roland Kieft: Conductor Britten Soirees Musicales Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto Gareth Glyn EGAD Borodin Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)

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sunday april Young Musicians Programme Presents:

Sinfonic Winds

The NYOS Junior Orchestra joins forces with our own young string players from our regional youth ensemble Stringendo and Foundation Studio. Northern Sinfonia’s Principal Trumpeter Richard Martin joins the orchestra. Tickets: £7.50

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Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 12noon & 1pm 12noon: Sinfonic Winds 1pm: Stringendo ‘Minors’ Two short lunchtime performances by two of our auditioned regional youth ensembles for outstanding young musicians. Free but ticketed

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Folkworks

Mike Harding: Me, a Guitar and Some More Daft Stuff Hall Two, 8pm Join Mike for an evening of daft stories, silly songs and the odd comic monologue. With a guitar and a back catalogue of more than forty years of material to draw on, Mike is hard to beat if you like laughing.

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Tickets: £14.50-£16.50

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Pere Ubu: Lady from Shanghai Tour 2013 plus support Variety Lights Hall Two, 8pm Pere Ubu make a music that is a disorienting mix of midwestern groove rock, ‘found’ sound, analogue synthesizers, falling-apart song structures and careening vocals. It is a mix that has mesmerised critics, musicians and fans for decades. Tickets: £15

Johnny Winter plus support Mitch Laddie Hall Two, 7.30pm

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The electrified Texas bluesman’s many albums, including collaborations with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan and his brother Edgar, speak not only of a career, but an entire life singing the Blues. Presented by The Gig Cartel. Tickets: £22.50 (in advance), £24.50 (on the door) (Club layout) johnny winter

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Ludovico Einaudi Hall One, 7.30pm Italian pianist and neo-classical musician, Einaudi’s music has often been described as minimalist, ambient, contemporary and deeply touching - the welcome sound of stillness in a hectic world. Presented with Serious.

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wednesday april

Newcastle International Chamber Music Series: The Atrium Quartet Hall Two, 7.30pm Britten String Quartet no.1 in D, op.25 Brahms String Quartet no.3 in Bb, op.67 Tchaikovsky String Quartet no.1 in D, op.11 Our final concert of three masterpieces promises to be just as thrilling as that given by the Atrium here in 2007, one of the most exciting in the Society’s history. Presented by Newcastle Chamber Music Society. Tickets: £12-£19

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Lau Hall Two, 8pm Inspired arrangements and incredible musicianship from perhaps the most inventive folk band working today. Lau take a groundbreaking yet playful approach that transcends the traditional music they hold dear. Tickets: £13.50-£16.50

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Samling Masterclass Hall Two, 2pm Acclaimed Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager and internationally sought-after pianist Helmut Deutsch coach eight outstanding young musicians in opera and song on stage. An insight for newcomers to classical music, practising musicians and enthusiasts. Presented by Samling. Tickets: £10. Joint ticket with Concert: £22 (not available online)

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Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir, Newcastle University and Samling Scholars

Samling Concert

Hall One, 7.30pm

Presented by Samling.

Eric Cross: Conductor Meeta Raval: Soprano Madeleine Shaw: Mezzo soprano Luis Gomes: Tenor Michel de Souza: Baritone

Tickets: £15. Joint ticket with Masterclass: £22 (not available online)

Hall Two, 4pm Two of the world’s great classical artists, mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager and pianist Helmut Deutsch, lead exceptional performances of opera arias, ensembles and song in this glittering finale to Samling’s prestigious Masterclass week.

Verdi Messa da Requiem Tonight’s performance of one of the best loved choral works in the repertory renews a partnership between the Newcastle Bach Choir, talented young singers and instrumentalists from Newcastle University, and distinguished Samling Scholars. Presented by Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir. Tickets: £10-£24

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Northern Sinfonia: Angela Hewitt Hall One, 7.30pm

Bach Keyboard Concerto no.7 in G minor Mozart Piano Concerto no.9 in E flat ‘Jeunehomme’ Bach Keyboard Concerto no.3 in D Mozart Piano Concerto no.20 in D minor Recognised as one of the world’s leading interpreters of Bach performed on the modern pianoforte, for this performance Hewitt brings another epic programme of keyboard concerti. With a free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm.

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Tickets: £10-£32 Folkworks

Arieb Azhar and Martin Simpson Hall Two, 8pm A unique collaboration between master guitarist Martin Simpson and the Pakistani singer and guitarist Arieb Azhar. Their spellbinding music explores new territory while echoing the past and drawing on their traditional roots. This collaboration is a partnership between the British Council and The Sage Gateshead. Tickets: £11.50-£13.50

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sunday may

Young Musicians Programme Presents:

Weekend School Live Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 1pm 21st April: Weekend School strings 28th April: Weekend School vocalists 19th May: Popular & Contemporary performers Come and spend your lunchtime listening to the outstanding young musicians from our Weekend School. This is a good opportunity to find out more if you’re interested in joining the Weekend School. Free but ticketed

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Massed Brass Bands: A Night at the Opera Hall One, 2pm Musical Director: Ray Farr Vocal soloist: Rachel Orr Reg Vardy Band Fishburn Band NASUWT Riverside Band Ninety top brass and percussion players plus guest soloist Rachel Orr, perform a thrilling programme of overtures, arias and selections from the most popular operas of the 19th century.

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Making Tracks

Johanna Juhola Hall Two, 8pm Charismatic and playful Finnish accordionista Johanna Juhola conjures a unique blend of contemporary tango and inventive electronica, with melancholic nostalgia and uplifting exuberance. Tickets: £12.50

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The Feeling Hall Two, 8pm With hits including ‘Never Be Lonely’, ‘Fill My Little World’ and ‘Set My World On Fire’, The Feeling have become one of the most popular Brit pop bands in recent years. Tickets: £18.50 (Club layout)

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Low plus support Hall Two, 8pm

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Ricky Ross Untold Stories

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Low’s majestic melancholy is in full bloom. Forthcoming album ‘The Invisible Way’ was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and sees the Duluth trio now inhabiting starker, unadorned soundscapes, with haunting layered harmonies.

Hall Two, 7.30pm Leader and songwriter of Glasgow’s Deacon Blue, Ricky Ross enjoyed huge success in the 80s and 90s with huge hits like ‘Real Gone Kid’, and ‘Dignity’. A compelling live performer; this is a perfect opportunity to see one of Scotland’s finest artists. Tickets: £20

Cobweb Orchestra Intermediate Orchestra Day Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 1.30-7pm

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Players who do not consider themselves either beginners or experts can develop their orchestral skills with the open-access Cobweb Orchestra, finishing with an informal performance for family and friends at 6pm. Players aged under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit www.cobweborchestra.co.uk for more information. Tickets: £26.80

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Quercus: Iain Ballamy, Huw Warren and June Tabor Hall Two, 8pm June Tabor’s gripping voice and intense delivery, Iain Ballamy’s gloriously mellifluous melodies and Huw Warren’s lyrical off-kilter musicality create a journey through tales of love, loss and bloody battles in timeless and original songs. Tickets: £15.50 & 17.50

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10cc’s Graham Gouldman with Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens presents Heart Full of Songs Hall Two, 7.30pm Featuring 10cc classics such as ‘I’m Not In Love’ and ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ plus songs from Gouldman’s highly acclaimed new solo album ‘Love And Work’, as well as some surprises. With support Garron Frith.

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ECHO Rising Stars

Isabelle Druet Hall Two, 11am Isabelle Druet: Mezzo soprano Anne Le Bozec: Piano With her sumptuous voice, it’s easy to hear why Isabelle Druet is quickly becoming an in demand singer. In this recital Isabelle looks to Shakespeare as her inspiration, with works from Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Brahms and Ivor Gurney. Tickets: £16

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The J-Word presents Trilok Gurtu/Paolo Fresu/Omar Sosa Fraser Fifield and Graeme Stephen Hall One, 7.30pm Three of the most talented and adventurous performers in world jazz unite for a very special trio project. Trilok Gurtu, Paolo Fresu and Omar Sosa combine traditional and progressive musical elements from their homelands of India, Italy and Cuba. Funded by Creative Scotland. Tickets: £17.50

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Robben Ford Hall Two, 8pm With a string of GRAMMY nominations to his name and voted in the top 100 guitarists of the century, Ford is particularly known for his blues playing, but is equally at home in a wide variety of musical contexts. Presented by The Gig Cartel. Tickets: £25 (in advance), £27 (on the door)

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Durham Music Service Showcase - Extravaganza

Be enthralled by a showcase of exciting performances featuring outstanding musicians taught by Durham Music Service, including performances by massed wind bands, orchestras, choirs and big bands. Numerous ensembles will give a free Concourse performance prior to the evening concert.

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Hall One, 7pm Concourse performances 4-7pm

Presented by Durham Music Service. Tickets: £5 & £9

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Folkworks

Future Traditions Hall two, 8pm A showcase of the work of the Newcastle University Folk and Traditional Music Degree hosted at The Sage Gateshead. Many students go on to become professional musicians – this is a great opportunity to glimpse them before they are famous. Tickets: £8

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F iddles o n F ire Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May

The fifth Fiddles on Fire festival will take over The Sage Gateshead again for a whole weekend as the building fills with fiddle music from a huge variety of styles and traditions. A sizzling selection of concerts combine with a stimulating mass of workshops for all abilities, free music on the Concourse and family fun sessions to make this a weekend not to miss. Headliners include:

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Duncan Chisholm Vamm Ganesh and Kumaresh Tim Kliphuis Casey Driessen Full line up announced on our website soon

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wednesday may

Folkworks

Chris Wood Hall Two, 8pm A perfect offering for May Day. Chris Wood sings humble hymns and sweeping statements. From Alzheimers to William Blake, Wood lovingly takes the pulse of his homeland with woven and intricately crafted songs. Tickets: £14.50-£16.50

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Tom Paxton Hall Two, 8pm

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classic fm concert series

Northern Sinfonia: Fiddle Fantasia

Songwriting legend Tom Paxton wrote some of the best-loved songs of his generation - ‘The Last Thing On My Mind’, ‘Ramblin’ Boy’, and ‘Bottle Of Wine’ being a choice few.

Hall One, 7.30pm

Presented with CMP.

Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Tickets: £21.50-£24.50

Ever versatile and virtuosic, Bradley Creswick directs Northern Sinfonia in this concert of favourites for strings and solo violin, from the stately beauty of Albinoni’s adagio, to the unpredictable excitement of Vivaldi’s famed violin showpiece.

Bradley Creswick: Director/violin Albinoni Adagio for Strings Hubay Herje Kati, op.32 (arranged for strings only) Jay Ungar The Ashokan Farewell Handel Concerto Grosso, op.6 no.1

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Loudon Wainwright III plus support Hall One, 7.30pm Loudon Wainwright III is a true one-off. His songs can be heartwarming, hilarious, intensely personal, lifeaffirming, and just ingenious – sometimes all at once. Tickets: £26.50

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Community Music Symposium

Hall Two, 10am-4pm Talk, listen, share ideas, share resources, and hear from leading experts at our two day national Community Music Symposium aimed at those working in the field, from individual practitioners to community workers to strategic commissioners. Keynote speakers, workshop breakouts and open space networking aimed to inspire and energise. Cost: £205 for the full two days (£175 Early Bird rate – book before Friday 22nd February) tuesday may

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Community Music Performances

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Everyone Deserves Music: A festival of Community Music

Various locations across North East England Third year students from our respected BA (Hons) Community Music course will be creating an eclectic mix of performances throughout the region including some at The Sage Gateshead. Tickets: Various prices

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Music Workshops The Barbour Room, 10am-4pm Two days of inspirational music workshops in a range of disciplines to inspire and energise anyone with an enthusiasm for music. The perfect introduction to music leadership and group facilitation techniques, and an ideal opportunity to top-up your skills with some of the UK’s leading practitioners. Cost: £150 for the full two days

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...and back again! Hall Two, 7pm

Enjoy two evenings of diverse music from a collective of up-and-coming local musicians, from singer-songwriters through to large ensembles, the evening will showcase the talents of students drawn from all levels on the BA (Hons) Community Music degree, based here at The Sage Gateshead and delivered in partnership with the University of Sunderland. Tickets: £7.50 for each concert (Cabaret layout)

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For more information about all of these events including timings, prices and content please visit www.thesagegateshead.org/edm In partnership with University of Sunderland, Sound Sense and Youth Music.

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Northern Sinfonia: Dean’s Beethoven Hall One, 7.30pm

thursday may

Brett Dean: Director Beethoven (arr. Brett Dean) Adagio Molto e Mesto (from the First Razumovsky Quartet) Brett Dean Testament Beethoven Symphony no.3 in E flat ‘Eroica’ As Beethoven became more aware of his increasing hearing problems, he created some of his most powerful and defiant music. Here, that music is paired with Brett Dean’s take on Beethoven’s famed ‘Heiligenstadt Testament’. With a free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm. Tickets: £10-£32

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Northern Sinfonia: Epitaphs

friday may

Electronic Voice Phenomena Hall Two, 8pm A night of sonic innovation inspired by Konstantin Raudive’s 70s experiments into hearing voices in electronic interference. Featuring exclusive commissions from artist and performer Hetain Patel, poets Ross Sutherland, Hannah Silva and SJ Fowler, indie experimenters Outfit and others.

Hall Two, 8pm

sunday may

Shostakovich 2 Pieces for String Octet (Prelude & Scherzo) Brett Dean Epitaphs Strauss Capriccio Mendelssohn Octet Mendelssohn’s first great masterpiece plus extraordinary works from Strauss and Shostakovich, and Brett Dean’s homage to five great figures of our time (including former Northern Sinfonia Musical Director, Richard Hickox) in string quintet form. Tickets: £16

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Presented by Mercy and Penned in the Margins, supported and presented by GemArts. Tickets: £10

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monday may

OMD plus special guests Hall One, Doors 7pm The huge soaring melodies and irresistible lyrical hooks from OMD classics such as ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Souvenir’ and ‘Sailing on the Seven Seas’ seamlessly blended with material from new album ‘English Electric’ in a vibrant live show. Presented by Live Nation. Tickets: £32.50

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tuesday may

The LitPop Book Club: A book club for music lovers

‘I’ll Never Get out of this World Alive’ by Steve Earle MEC, 7pm The LitPop Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Please bring your own copy of the book. Free but ticketed

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wednesday may

Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited II (no support) Hall One, 7.30pm Legendary guitarist, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and former Genesis band member, Steve Hackett recaptures the spirit of this iconic band while showcasing his exciting reinterpretation of Genesis’ widely regarded classics.

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Tickets: £24.50 & £26.50

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friday may

Northern Sinfonia: Seven Last Words Hall One, 7.30pm Nicholas Collon: Conductor Northern Sinfonia Chorus James MacMillan Seven Last Words from the Cross Mahler (arr. Britten) What the Wild Flowers Tell Me Shostakovich Symphony no.9 in E flat James MacMillan’s emotional work is coupled, in extreme contrast, with Shostakovich’s light and quirky Ninth Symphony. With a free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm. Tickets: £10-£32

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The Zombies Hall Two, 8pm

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The 60s UK pop-psych-rock band featuring Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent are back with their big hits and solo material including ‘She’s Not There’, ‘Time Of The Season’, and ‘Hold Your Head Up’. Presented with Venues All. Tickets: £17 & £20

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saturday may

Prom Praise North East Concert Hall One, 3pm and 7.30pm Noël Tredinnick: Conductor All Souls Orchestra Prom Praise North East Choir Choirs of Bede Academy and Emmanuel College (3pm performance only) Archbishop John Sentamu: Guest host and speaker A delightful blend of sacred and concert music and a joyful fusion of performance with worship, combining the spirit of ‘Songs of Praise’ with the world famous ‘Last Night of the Proms’. Presented by Prom Praise. Tickets: £8-£19

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sunday may

Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 7pm Xenakis Anaktoriaw Bryn Harrison New work Grisey Périodes Laurence Crane Come back to the old specimen cabinet Gérard Pesson Nebenstück Gerald Barry New work The launch concert for the North East’s brand new contemporary music group and Durham University’s new ensemble in residence, featuring excitingly original repertoire and electrifying new work. Tickets: £10

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Curtis Stigers: Up Close and Personal Hall One, 7.30pm Platinum-selling singer-songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers has one of the most distinctive voices in music and has pushed the boundaries of contemporary jazz with his original take on classics by the likes of Willie Nelson, Sting and Tom Waits, and recently recorded the title track to hit US television series ‘Sons of Anarchy’.

Tickets: £24.50

Fish Hall Two, 8pm

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The former Marillion frontman’s music defies trends and fashion. With a career spanning over 30 years in the entertainment industry, he is notable for his charismatic stage performances and uncompromising lyrics. Presented by The Gig Cartel. Tickets: £22.50

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Bonobo Hall One, 8pm Bonobo, AKA Simon Green, is a DJ and producer signed to Ninja Tune. Referencing jazz, soul, funk and hip hop elements and armed with a rare compositional nuance and command of live instrumentation, he is one of the UK’s most innovative musicians of any genre. Tickets: £16

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Saint Nicholas at Saint Nicholas

Opening Night St Mary’s Church, Whickham, 7.30pm

St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle, 7.30pm

Brahms Clarinet Trio Op.114 Vaughan-Williams On Wenlock Edge Bridge Fantasy Piano Trio

Britten Saint Nicholas

Featuring The Busch Ensemble, Ben Johnson and Mark Simpson. Tickets: £12

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Northern Chords Lunchtime Concerts

Celebrating Britten’s Centenary, Northern Chords presents a performance of this magnificent Cantata featuring Ben Johnson, Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, Gateshead Youth Orchestra, Newcastle Cathedral Choir and youth choirs from around the region. Conducted by Jonathan Bloxham. Tickets: £5

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Verdi, Wagner and Puccini

Concourse, 12.30pm

St Andrew’s Church, Corbridge, 7.30pm

A series of free lunchtime concerts on the Concourse featuring all the star musicians of Northern Chords.

Wagner Wesendonck Lieder Puccini Crisantemi Verdi String Quartet

Tuesday

A celebration of the bicentenaries of Verdi and Wagner through chamber music, songs and popular arias.

Beethoven at Lunchtime: Sonatas for Cello and Piano

Tickets: £12

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Schubert at Lunchtime: Selection of Schubert Songs and Piano Trio in B flat Thursday

Mozart at Lunchtime: Clarinet Quintet Friday

Schumann at Lunchtime:

Adagio and Allegro, Fantasiestüke and Piano Quartet Presented by Northern Chords Artistic Director: Jonathan Bloxham www.northernchords.com

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Northern Chords Gala Concert Hall Two, 7.30pm

Beethoven Clarinet Trio op.11 Schubert Auf dem Strom Saint-Saens Rondo Capriccioso op.28 Waley-Cohen World Premiere Mendelssohn Piano Trio no.2 in C minor Chopin Polonaise Brilliante Simpson Echoes and Embers Mahler Rückert Lieder Featuring special guest BBC Young Musician of the Year clarinettist Mark Simpson. With a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm – ‘Travels with Music’ with Jonathan Bloxham and Ben Johnson. In association with the Travel Bureau Gosforth. Tickets: £15 Under 16s: free

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Folkworks Hexham Gathering This year’s headline artists include Karine Polwart, Tim Edey and Brendan Power, Blair Dunlop, The Teacups, Kat Davidson and Ben Church. Folkworks Hexham Gathering takes place over four days in Hexham and the surrounding area. It brings together young performers in what we believe is England’s only folk festival specifically for young people. Add some sparking headline artists, and this adds up to a festival that will surprise and delight with concerts, ceilidhs and outdoor music. Young people who play traditional or acoustic music wishing to take part should contact hexhamgathering@thesagegateshead.org Folkworks Hexham Gathering is a partnership with Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham.

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Tickets for all events are available from Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Box Office on 01434 652 477 or online at www.queenshall.co.uk

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Northern Sinfonia: ‘Two of Us’: The Lennon and McCartney Songbook Hall One, 7pm

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Folkworks

Future Traditions: Folk Degree Final Recitals Hall Two, 12noon Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music Degree hosted at The Sage Gateshead is a wellspring of hugely talented musicians, vividly demonstrated in this series of final year recitals.

Award-winning singers Joe Stilgoe, Claire Martin and Mark McGann provide fabulous vocals for all your Beatles favourites, including ‘All You Need Is Love’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’ accompanied by Northern Sinfonia.

Tuesday 28th May 12noon: Dogan Mehmet (fiddle); 1pm: Kari Macleod (fiddle); 2pm: Freya Rae (flute).

Tickets: £10-£32

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Wednesday 29th May 12noon: Melissa Whitehead (fiddle); 1pm: Chloe Jones (fiddle); 2pm: Chloe Merriott (voice and cello). Thursday 30th May 12noon: Lewis Powell-Reid (bouzoukis, accordion, guitar); 1pm: Ben Fitzgerald (acoustic guitar); 2pm: Seth Tinsley (guitar); 3pm: Louis Bingham (guitar, tenor banjo, tenor guitar).

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tuesday may

Folkworks

Alasdair Roberts & Lady Maisery Hall Two, 8pm Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect. Alasdair Roberts has returned to the traditional song of his roots and his own densely worded songwriting to great acclaim. Together these artists present a contemporary take on traditional music. Tickets: £12.50

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wednesday may

Folkworks

Allan Taylor and Rab Noakes Hall Two, 8pm Rab Noakes’ voice of musical and life experience is unparalleled in Scotland’s music community. Allan Taylor is one of the most important songwriters of his generation. A powerful combination. Tickets: £14.50 & £16.50

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Northern Sinfonia: Danses Concertantes Hall One, 7.30pm Ainars Rubikis: Conductor Lise de la Salle: Piano Prokofiev Classical Symphony Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto no.2 in G minor Stravinsky Danses Concertantes Mozart Symphony no.31 in D ‘Paris’ Mozart’s effervescent ‘Paris’ Symphony elegantly performed alongside energetic works by Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky and Prokofiev.

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Folkworks

Future Traditions: Final Year Celebration Concert Hall Two, 8pm The annual showcase of the talents of the Folk Degree programme’s final year students, just before they graduate, in a concert bursting with energy and footstomping music. Tickets: £8

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booking You can book: In person at The Sage Gateshead By phone on 0191 443 4661 Online at www.thesagegateshead.org You can select your seat when you book online.

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Ticket Office hours

Concessions

Ticket Office is open MondaySunday from 10am-6pm on non-performance days. On performance days it is open for thirty minutes after the start of the last performance. On Sundays and Bank Holidays phone booking closes at 6pm.

Concessions for under 16s, students, people over 60 and unemployed are available for many of our performances: ask Ticket Office for details.

Purchasing Tickets Payment can be made by Mastercard, Visa, Debit and Maestro/Switch cards or by cheque. Cheques should be made payable to The Sage Gateshead and please include your card number on the reverse. Where you book a ticket for a show, exhibition, display, event or performance at The Sage Gateshead you agree to our terms and conditions. Booking fees apply - see website for details or ask at Ticket Office. Transactions over the phone or online incur a £2.50 handling fee. There is no handling fee to buy in person from Ticket Office. See website for full details. The information in this Events Diary is correct at the time of printing but is subject to change and it is your responsibility to ascertain whether a performance has been cancelled or rescheduled.

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Children aged 2 and under may sit on your lap and therefore do not require a ticket, unless attending under 5s sessions, Family events, Family performances or workshops. For every performance, one free ticket is available for the carer of those who need assistance to attend the performance. Collecting Tickets When collecting prepaid tickets, please bring the credit card with which you paid and appropriate identification. Refunds and Exchanges Please note we are unable to offer refunds except in the event of a cancelled performance. The Sage Gateshead reserves the right to substitute artists and alter the advertised programme without prior notice. This does not affect your statutory rights. Handling fees will be retained in the event of a refund. Tickets may be exchanged for seats for the same or higher price for a performance of the same production up to 24

hours before the performance. Exchanges are strictly subject to availability. A £2.50 handling fee will be charged per transaction. All original tickets must be produced before an exchange can be processed. Handling fees will be retained in the event of an exchange. TicketPlan Refund Facility Ticket cancellation protection is now available at a cost of £2 per ticket. This will protect you against cancellation resulting from accidents, unexpected illnesses and adverse weather where the Police service or other Government Agency have issued warnings not to travel. For full terms and conditions visit our website www.thesagegateshead. org or call Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661. Please note, this facility is not yet available online. Gift Certificates You can buy gift certificates from Ticket Office: they are available in denominations of £1 and multiples thereof. Gift certificates are now redeemable online, for more information please contact Ticket Office or visit: www.thesagegateshead.org/ ticketoffice. Gift certificates can only be redeemed against tickets.


travel and general info Thanks to the generosity of Nexus, you can travel on the Metro to and from Gateshead free if you are attending a performance at The Sage Gateshead: simply retain your ticket for inspection on the Metro.

e s b c Buses For selected concerts, we also run concert buses from Hexham (via Corbridge) and Alnwick (via Felton, Morpeth and Gosforth). On Sunday 10th March (Northern Sinfonia concert), there is an additional bus service running from Carlisle. Book through our Ticket Office. The QuayLink bus service runs both north and south of the Tyne to St Mary’s Square outside the west door of The Sage Gateshead. The Sage Gateshead is on route Q1. Check www.nexus.org.uk/bus/ guide-buses/quaylink. Parking There is a drop off and pick up point at our west door. We have our own car park with lift access directly behind the building. If you enter and exit within thirty minutes, there is no charge. With entry between 6am to

5pm, charges are per hour with payment made at our ticket machines prior to returning to your vehicle. For entry after 5pm, a fixed charge applies. Full details of our charges are available on our website. Blue Badge Holders There are a number of priority spaces for blue badge holders immediately to the rear of the building and by the lifts in our car park. If you park in The Sage Gateshead’s car park, please take your car park ticket to the Coats Desk, with your car registration number, for an exit ticket. The Sage Gateshead is designed to be as accessible as possible to people with all kinds of disabilities. Please ring 0191 443 4666 for access information or download it from the visitor information section of our website. Please inform Ticket Office of your special requirements. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.

Higher Education at The Sage Gateshead We deliver the following higher education courses here: BMus (Hons) Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music, BA (Hons) in Community Music and Community Music Higher Education Access Programme in partnership with the University of Sunderland and Gateshead College. We also host a Folk and Traditional Music BMus (Hons) in partnership with Newcastle University. See www.thesagegateshead.org for more details.

Tours and Group Bookings Private tours can be arranged for groups of any size to learn more about the building and our organisation. For many of our own promotions, you can book ten full price tickets and claim an eleventh ticket free. We welcome coach parties. Please call 0191 443 4705. Building Opening Hours and Closures The Sage Gateshead is open for an average of fourteen hours every day, seven days a week: 9am-11pm performance days. 9am-10pm non-performance days during term time. 9am-9pm non-performance days during school holidays. The Sage Gateshead reserves the right to fully or partially close the building for conferencing or maintenance purposes. The building will be closed from Monday 8th April to Wednesday 10th April. Ticket Office will open for telephone and online bookings only on these days. © Mark Savage

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You can select your own seat for most Hall One and Hall Two concerts when you book online at www.thesagegateshead.org Hall One The price of the seats in the A*, A/B area of the front stalls varies from concert to concert: for concerts with ‘Standing available’ the floor is lowered for a standing/dancing area. Tickets must be purchased specifically for this area. The areas behind the stage are not always on sale. Please ask Ticket Office. A* tickets: Seats closest to the stage are offered on selected shows. Occasionally these tickets may have ‘added value’ extras (these will be detailed on our website, www.thesagegateshead.org). Hall Two Hall Two is a flexible, ten-sided space, and is set up for each concert according to what will provide the best experience for the audience: there are three levels, and levels 2 and 3 are gallery-style spaces. The main options are: Theatre layout (default): the stage is across one end of the hall: there are rows of seats on the flat floor and some raised seating towards the rear. Seated tickets are numbered, standing tickets are not. Family layout: like Theatre style, but the stage is lower and there are mats at the front where you can sit with your children. Tickets for Level 1 are not numbered: tickets for Levels 2 and 3 are numbered.

Cabaret layout: like Theatre, but the seats on Level 1 are tables and chairs on a flat floor. Seating around tables is not numbered. Club layout: Level 1 is standing, with unnumbered tickets specifying access to the Level. Levels 2 and 3 are numbered seating. Drinks are allowed in on Level 1 only.

In the Round layout: the stage is in the centre of the hall with seats on every side. All tickets are numbered: areas A (Level 1), B (Level 2) and C (Level 3) are seated; areas D (Level 1) and E (Levels 2 and 3) are standing and not always on sale. Halls One and Two In seats on the sides of Levels 2 and 3, you have to lean forwards to obtain a full view of the stage. Please ask our staff for more information.

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Thank You The Sage Gateshead values its partnerships with individuals, trusts and foundations, and 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. Founding Patrons – Endowment Fund* The Sage Group plc The Barbour Trust Northern Rock Foundation The Garfield Weston Foundation Joan and Margaret Halbert Endowment Donors The Shears Foundation The David Goldman Programme The Go-Ahead Group plc Northern Arts Board Fenwick Ltd Northumbrian Water Benfield Charitable Trust The Sir James Knott Trust Greggs plc The David Boardman Trust Roland Cookson Fund 1989 Willan Trust

Public Sector Revenue Supporters Arts Council England North East Gateshead Council Trust and Foundation Supporters Baring Foundation Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Northern Sinfonia Trust J Paul Getty JNR Charitable Trust Paul Hamlyn Foundation The Foyle Foundation The Garfield Weston Foundation The Hadrian Trust The Monument Trust The PRS for Music Foundation The Sir James Knott Trust The Shears Foundation The Vardy Foundation The WA Handley Charitable Trust Youth Music

* The Sage Gateshead has two Endowments. The original Endowment is held on The Sage Gateshead’s behalf by the Community Foundation, and a second Endowment launched in 2012 is held by The Sage Gateshead itself.

For more information about any of the above ways to support, please visit www.thesagegateshead.org/support Email support@thesagegateshead.org or call us on 0191 443 4562

Thank you for choosing to support The Sage Gateshead


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Events Diary: March - May 2013  

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