Sage Gateshead welcomes some fantastic performers from the worlds of pop, jazz, folk, country, and classical music.

Pop legend Seal showcases his new album, Standards, as well as his classic hits on 13 February.

Folk collaboration Leveret perform their traditional sound with the National Youth Folk Ensemble on 17 February.

Internet sensation Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukeboxperform their unique blend of contemporary music with jazz and swing sound on 18 February.

Tickets are still available for these shows and more, taking place week commencing 12 February.

Seal – The Standards Tour plus special guests

Tuesday 13 February, 7pm, Sage One

British soul legend Seal has announced UK tour dates for 2018 in support of his tenth studio album, Standards. Backed by a big band, the multi-award winning star will be performing songs from the new album, alongside his classic hits Killer and Kiss from a Rose.

In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million records sales worldwide, and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars.

Standards brings the glamour of Old Hollywood straight to the present. It is a natural successor to his series of soul records, made a decade ago which sold over 5 million copies around the world. Standards hears Seal’s signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra (Luck Be A Lady, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You). Elsewhere, there are lush orchestral moments captured on Charlie Chaplin’s Smile and the Cole Porter gem, Love For Sale.

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Vonda Shepard – Live in Concert

Wednesday 14 February, 2018. 8pm, Sage Two

Following her sell out 2015/16 UK tour, Vonda will be returning to play with her full band.

Vonda first shot to fame through her long running appearances, performances and musical accompaniment on the smash hit US TV show Ally McBeal. The theme song Searching My Soul reached the top 10 in the UK, and Vonda released a series of Ally inspired albums, which went on to sell a staggering 12 million copies worldwide.

Including such favourites as, Tell Him, Hooked On A Feeling, I Only Want To Be With You, Baby Don’t You Break My Heart Slow, Proud Mary, Walk Away Rene and You Belong To Me.

This feel good evening filled with nostalgia is not to be missed.

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More Mendelssohn Please: Symphony No.5

Friday 16 February, 7.30pm, Sage One

  • Clemens Schuldt conductor
  • Alina Ibragimova violin
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • J C Bach Symphony in G minor Op.6 No.6
  • Schumann Violin Concerto in D minor
  • Arvo Pärt Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte…
  • Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 ‘Reformation’

Mendelssohn’s Reformation symphony concludes our More Mendelssohn Please series, while London, Bach’s sixth, Schumann’s enigmatic Violin Concerto and Pärt’s unique If Bach had been a Beekeeper highlight J S Bach’s influence across a multitude of musical layers.

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Jess & The Bandits plus Chloe Chadwick

Friday 16 February, 8pm, Sage Two

Jess and the Bandits are back with a brand new album and UK tour. Following a successful couple of years with the release of their debut album, Here We Go Again, the band have been busy in the studio writing and recording what is set to be their most exciting release to date.

Having wowed the likes of Terry Wogan, Gaby Roslin and Bob Harris with their radio-friendly combination of high-energy pop-country music, they have appeared on TV shows including Lorraine, Aled Jones’ Weekend, The Wright Stuff and Songs of Praise.

Now back with their new record, Smoke & Mirrors, the band are excited to be on the road, touring the UK.

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All About the Violin

Saturday 17 February, 2pm, Sage One

  • Ruth Rosales presenter
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia

Join Sage Gateshead for an afternoon of fun with Royal Northern Sinfonia. You’ll travel through time, stopping off in different musical periods, and exploring the role of the violin in orchestral music.

Expect to hear excerpts from:

  • Purcell Rondo from Abdelazer
  • Vivaldi The Four Seasons (performed by Bradley Creswick)
  • JC Bach Sinfonia in G minor
  • Mozart Symphony No 40
  • Elgar Chanson de Matin
  • Strauss Pizzicato Polka
  • Pärt Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte

The cafe will be open for you to relax with a cuppa while we entertain your little ones with some fun pre- and post-concert activities on the Concourse from 1.15pm.

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Leveret and National Youth Folk Ensemble

Saturday 17 February, 8pm, Sage Two

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and instead they rely on mutual trust, listening and responding. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless.

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything and In The Round, and a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. Now they return with Inventions, a new album of original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.

The National Youth Folk Ensemble launched in October 2016, bringing together talented young folk musicians, aged 14-18 years old, from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music.

Expect modern arrangements of folk tunes from England and beyond, alongside new compositions drawing on traditional music, all created and performed by these rising stars.

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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Sunday 18 February, 7.30pm, Sage One

Starting out as the bedroom project of jazz pianist Scott Bradlee and rapidly growing into a viral and real-world sensation, the US group’s vintage-pop mash ups have racked up more than 811 million YouTube views, and brought their rotating roster of top-class session musicians into the limelight.

Imagine marrying the 21st century party vibe of Miley Cyrus or the minimalist angst of Radiohead with the crackly warmth of a vintage 78 or the plunger-muted barrelhouse howl of a forgotten Kansas City jazzman. Bradlee’s choice of material ranges from the ’80s hard rock of Guns N’ Roses to hits as recent as Taylor Swift’s controversial Look What You Made Me Do.

Since first arriving on UK shores in early 2014, Postmodern Jukebox have consistently deepened their commitment to the UK by adding more shows each time they visit, bringing their unique spin on modern pop hits and retro pop stylings to new cities for the first time, while revisiting favourite haunts. Postmodern Jukebox’s debut album, The Essentials, was released to critical acclaim in 2016.

The performers and set lists are never the same but the experience always is. A refreshingly educational, absolutely irresistible, and most important of all, genuinely entertaining show that is not to be missed.

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