Sage Gateshead is delighted to host nine fantastic performances next week, including the First Lady of Musical Theatre, a rock legend, fabulous folk music and brilliant brass.
Star of musicals including Evita and Cats, Elaine Paige, will be performing the hits that made her a star, and many more of her favourite tracks.
The Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone brings his eponymous band to the quayside, performing hits from his career spanning nearly 60 years.
Former Bellowhead singer Jon Boden is joined by The Remnant Kings, continuing the Folkworks programme, and we spend the weekend celebrating all things brass with the Brass in Concert Festival.
These are just a few of the eclectic performances on next week at Sage Gateshead.
John Mayall Band plus The Buddy Whittington Band
Tuesday 14 November, 7.30pm, Sage One
For more than 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title ‘The Godfather of British Blues’.
Considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, John’s band, The Bluesbreakers, launched the careers of many true legends including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. 64 albums later, John’s captivating and authentic sound is still as vital today is it ever was.
Special guest and long-term collaborator, Texan guitarist Buddy Whittington makes a welcome return to the UK with The Buddy Whittington Band. After joining The Bluesbreakers in 1993, he energised the band with his unique and fiery live style.
Elaine Paige in Concert
Wednesday 15 November, 7.30pm, Sage One
The First Lady of Musical Theatre, Elaine Paige, has performed live in concert all over the world. As a recording artist, Elaine has released 22 solo albums, including four multi-Platinum and nine Gold, has featured on seven cast recordings and has had major worldwide hits with songs such as Memory and I Know Him So Well.
As a musical theatre performer, Elaine has made a major contribution to the modern musical. She has starred in more smash hit West End and Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation, and continues to present the hugely successful weekly BBC Radio 2 programme Elaine Paige on Sunday, which celebrates the best of Broadway, Hollywood and the West End. She continues to delight audiences of over 2.5 million listeners each week.
This very special date at Sage Gateshead see’s Elaine perform many of the hits that made her a global star, and some of her favourite songs are given the Paige treatment. An unmissable evening!
The Colin Blunstone Band
Wednesday 15 November, 8pm, Sage Two
Colin Blunstone first burst onto the music scene in the 1960s as lead singer of rock band The Zombies. After attracting a large local following in St Albans, the band were offered a recording contract, which resulted in their first single, She’s Not There, becoming a world-wide hit.
After a short break, Colin’s solo career began in earnest with the album One Year, from which the hit single Say You Don’t Mind was taken. Two more albums, Ennismore and Journeyfollowed, which spawned the hits I Don’t Believe In Miracles and How Can We Dare To Be Wrong.
Over a career spanning almost 60 years, Colin Blunstone has released 17 studio albums, five live albums, and 19 compilation albums, both as a solo artist and part of The Zombies.
He has performed live shows around the world, with his latest tour bringing him to venues in the UK and Holland, ahead of the release of his new album in spring 2018.
RNS At Home
Friday 17 November, 7.30pm, Sage One
- Olli Mustonen conductor/piano
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
- Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
- Mozart Piano Concerto No.26 ‘Coronation’
- Borodin (arr. Sargent) Nocturne
- Shostakovich Symphony No.9
Pianist, conductor and composer Olli Mustonen has a very special relationship with Russian music, especially that of Shostakovich.
He will demonstrate this in an almost all-Russian programme, from the raw emotion of Tchaikovsky’s star-crossed lovers, via Borodin, to Shostakovich’s brightest symphony, which contemporary critics compared to Mozart – Shostakovich-style, of course.
Appropriately, Mozart’s ‘Coronation’ concerto completes the programme.
Folkworks: Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings
Friday 17 November, 8pm, Sage Two
Jon Boden, former frontman of progressive folk eleven-piece Bellowhead, will be showcasing his new solo album, Afterglow, in a performance at Sage Gateshead.
Afterglow is Boden’s first studio release since calling an end to Bellowhead, a 12-year project that culminated in a quarter of a million album sales and worldwide sell-out shows including the Royal Albert Hall.
Across his career, Boden has been awarded a record-breaking 12 BBC Folk Awards, earned through his work with Bellowhead and Spiers & Boden.
Brass & Voices ‘At the Movies’ featuring Cory Band and Only Men Aloud
Saturday 18 November, 7pm, Sage One
The defending champion and world’s number one band, Cory, will present this year’s World of Brass in Concert event along with award -winning male vocal ensemble Only Men Aloud.
Only Men Aloud first achieved national prominence in 2008 when they won the top prize on the BBC television programme Last Choir Standing. They have since performed in leading venues throughout the UK, including at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, while they have recorded five albums that have featured highly in the Music Charts, including Band of Brothers, which spent three weeks at number one and was voted Album of the Year at the Classical Brit Awards in 2010.
In association with Yamaha, Banks Group and British Bandsman.
Saturday 18 November, 8pm, Sage Two
Hazel O’Connor and band will play all the hits from albums Breaking Glass, Sons and Lovers and Cover Plus.
Hazel O’Connor became an overnight sensation after her BAFTA nominated portrayal of Kate in the 1980 smash hit film Breaking Glass. During this period, Hazel released three of her most successful albums, which produced a stream of top ten hits, including the iconic Will You, Eighth Day and D’Days.
Hazel will be joined on stage by her brother Neil O’Connor for the first time since their two week residency at Ronnie Scott’s back in 1984. Neil played original guitars on the Sons and Loversand Cover Plus albums and enjoyed his own success as the front man of the punk band The Flys. Hazel is joined on stage with a 5 piece band including Clare Hirst on Sax and Sarah Fisher on Keys.
Brass in Concert Championships 2017
Sunday 19 November, 9am, Sage One
A top quality day of brass band presentation, featuring the finest bands from UK Europe and USA.
Multi-media screens feature the action as it happens with close up images of the players in the heat of determined competition.
Presented in his inimitable style by BBC Radio 2’s Frank Renton, this has become one of the key attractions of the brass band calendar.
Arun Ghosh plus Steve Ojay
Sunday 19 November, 8pm, Sage Two
Arun Ghosh returns to Sage Gateshead to perform music from his newly released fourth album, But Where Are You Really From?
Best known for his IndoJazz style, the clarinettist’s new ensemble sound, immersed in pure melody and hypnotic rhythm, embraces psychedelic textures with an emotional and sonic expansiveness.
The new works are songs without words, at times visceral and cathartic, at other times ambient and introspective. Part of a national tour, this is a must-see performance.