Sage Gateshead welcomes some fantastic performers to delight audiences of all ages.
From dazzling ballroom dancers Anton and Erin, iconic singer-songwriter Judie Tzuke to captivating tales from mountaineer Andy Kirkpatrick through to classical, rock and Haitian roots music, it promises to be another fabulous week at Sage Gateshead.
Andy Kirkpatrick – Psychovertical: A Higher Education Presented with Speakers from the Edge
Monday 19 February, 8pm, Sage Two
Andy Kirkpatrick – Psychovertical: A Higher Education
Presented by Speakers from the Edge
Top British mountaineer, big-wall climber and winter expedition specialist, Andy has soloed the most difficult routes in the world. A leading expert on climbing gear, Andy is also an award-winning writer and film-maker with an ability to captivate any audience with his unique brand of humorous and motivational story-telling.
In his brand new show, Psychovertical: A Higher Education, which will coincide with the release of the film Psychovertical by award-winning director Jen Randell, Andy Kirkpatrick looks back at forty years of climbing and adventures, from the Alps to Patagonia, Yosemite to Greenland, a story all the things that make life amazing.
Please note that this show is likely to contain strong language.
Anton and Erin – From Broadway to Hollywood
Wednesday 21 February, 7.30pm, Sage One
Celebrating a Decade of Dance
Anton du Beke & Erin Boag
Richard Balcombe conductor
Lance Ellington star vocalist
Six world class Ensemble Dancers
Plus the Manchester Concert Orchestra
Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple when they return with an exciting new show for 2018 as they celebrate the golden age of Hollywood. Featuring dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless music.
Judie Tzuke: Songs & Stories
Wednesday 21 February, 8pm, Sage Two
After the sell-out success of the Songs and Stories 2015-2016 tour, which saw Judie perform over 70 concerts around the country, she is back on the road performing these special acoustic concerts.
This promises to be an intimate evening of old favourites, new songs and tales from across her life and career.
Judie Tzuke is one of the UK’s finest Singer/Songwriters and is known all over the world for her timeless song, ‘Stay With Me Till Dawn’, with many top 10 albums, including the revered classic, ‘Welcome to the Cruise’ and her exquisite live shows. Judie will be showing once again what an extraordinary artist she is!
“Much of the audience has been in love with her since Stay With Me Till Dawn echoed around their bedrooms the first time they got their hearts broken” The Independent
Making Tracks: Chouk Bwa Libète
Thursday 22 February, 8pm, Sage Two
Drums, poetry and trance from Haiti’s voodoo heartlands.
Chouk Bwa Libète are a traditional Haitian Mizik Rasin (‘roots music’) ensemble bringing together the essence of Haitian Vodou without unnecessary frills. Their music rises in waves of percussion, vocals and dance, authentically inspired in the moment and communicating nothing but the unique joy of this shared spontaneity.
With deep roots in the religious rites of West African Vodún, their repertoire blends traditional songs with compositions by lead vocalist and poet Jean-Claude ‘Sambaton’ Dorvil. The celebratory power of their sound has already ignited audiences at major festivals around the world, including Roskilde, WOMAD and Amsterdam Roots.
“Enthralling… Sublime.” fRoots
“in the hands of these master drummers rhythms are like lyrics” Savannah Festival
The Classic Rock Show 2018 – Guitar Greats
Friday 23 February, 7.30pm, Sage One
Celebrating the World’s Greatest Guitarists.
As testimony to the ever increasing popularity of Classic Rock music, the critically acclaimed live show ‘The Classic Rock Show’, returns to the UK in January and February 2018 to bring us, ‘Guitar Greats – World Tour 2018’, an amazing new live production, celebrating the world’s greatest guitarists.
‘The classic rock fan’s ultimate live juke box!’
Paying tribute to many of the world’s all time guitar greats, The Classic Rock Show’s world class musicians power through Classic Rock’s finest moments, celebrating legendary performances by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Walter Becker (Steely Dan), Eric Clapton, Angus Young (AC/DC), Brian May (Queen), Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Paul Kossoff (Free), Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) and Pete Townsend (The Who) plus many more.
Performed with note-for-note precision, bringing the original iconic and era defining recordings back to life on stage, with a sound and light show to match.
Anthem after anthem, riff after riff, solo after solo – ‘The Classic Rock Show’ takes you on a musical journey through two and a half hours of foot-stomping fun, culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed.
A gem of a rock show – sore throat guaranteed!
Presented with GemArts
Riverside Ragas: Shreya Devnath (Carnatic Classical Violin)
Friday 23 February, 7.45pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
Shreya’s performance will be a Carnatic Classical Violin Solo concert, bringing forth the elements and values of South Indian classicism in a Bani (style) renowned for its purity and elegance. The concert will be a seamless blend of composed and improvised music, with the pieces drawing from the diverse cultural background that South India is blessed with.
It will be a musical journey of compositions by varied composers from different states of India, with different emotional and musical intensites, all bound by the fabric that is Carnatic music. Interpreted though the violin, the musicality of these compositions will be brought forth, through the simple and pure magic of melody, rhythm and aesthetics.
Shreya will be accompanied in this concert by Prathap Ramachandra on the Mridangam and Abhiram Sahadevan on the Kanjira.
RJ Thompson – Echo Chamber – Live plus Beth Macari and Eve Simpson
Friday 23 February, 8pm, Sage Two
Newcastle singer songwriter RJ Thompson returns to Sage Gateshead in February to perform songs from his new, critically acclaimed, album Echo Chamber.
“A rousing, powerful piece of songwriting” – Clash Magazine
“…one of this year’s finest musical moments” – Subba Cultcha
Joined by his outstanding band, and for one night only, John Waugh of The 1975 on saxophone, the show promises to be unmissable.
With support from Eve Simpson and Beth Macari.
Samling Masterclass and Concert
Saturday 24 February, Masterclass 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Concert 5.15pm – 6pm, Sage Two
Renowned mezzo soprano Ann Murray DBE, award-winning actor Alex Jennings (The Crown, The Lady in the Van) and Royal Opera House vocal coach Caroline Dowdle lead Samling’s prestigious Artist Programme. This public masterclass and concert features eight rising stars of classical music.
Newcastle Bach Choir: Messiah
Saturday 24 February, 7.30pm, Sage One
Although Handel’s most famous work, Messiah, is associated with Christmas, the text of Part Two deals with the Easter story, making it highly appropriate for performance during Lent. This performance is largely based on a version Handel directed in London in 1743 and includes several numbers not usually heard.
The Newcastle Bach Choir and period instruments of Newcastle Baroque are joined by a stellar line-up of Samling soloists and international countertenor Lawrence Zazzo.
Soloists in conjunction with Samling:
Rowan Pierce, Ana Fernandez-Guerra sopranos
Lawrence Zazzo countertenor
Thomas Walker tenor
Dominic Sedgwick baritone
Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir
Eric Cross conductor
Classical Season 2017/18 | Piano Greats
Classic Peter Donohoe
Sunday 25 February, 3pm, Sage One
Peter Donohoe piano
Scriabin Sonata No.2 ‘Sonata-Fantasie’
Mozart Sonata No.1
Schumann Abegg Variations
Schubert Sonata in A major D959
Peter Donohoe came to our rescue last season with an astonishing performance of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto, so we are thrilled to invite him back in his own right with this special anniversary programme. Marking his 65th birthday this season, he traverses a wide repertoire from fantastical Scriabin to Schubert’s grand sonata.