Coming up at Sage Gateshead next week (week beginning 4 June 2018)

TV’s favourite choirmaster Gareth Malone curates an evening of music that matters to him.

Poet and activist Benjamin Zephaniah shares favourite stories and poems from his remarkable life.

American duo Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay showcase their unique storytelling style that has elevated them to cult status.

Tickets are still available for these shows and more, taking place week commencing 4 June.

Gareth Malone

Monday 4 June, 7.30pm, Sage One

Following the resounding success of the 2017 tour, Gareth can’t resist bringing the choral excitement to areas he missed first time round.

TV’s favourite choirmaster is truly in his element as he curates an evening of music that matters to him. Gareth is delighted to welcome back The Swingles, the undisputed rulers of British close harmony, to present songs you know and love in a way you have never heard them before. Feast your ears on their dazzling vocal pyrotechnics.

Gareth will be joined by some exciting guest choirs and singers along the way, he’ll be showcasing new songs written specially for this tour, alongside well-known classics such as Fields of Gold, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Superstition. The evening will include repertoire from his TV series The Choir – songs as sung by the Invictus choir, Military Wives and the Boys Don’t Sing episode.

Gareth Malone Pre-Concert Meet Ups

Part pre-concert talk, part sing along; this is the perfect introduction to the show! http://www.faneproductions.com/product/gareth-malone-meetup

A ticket to the Pre-Concert Meet Up does not act as ticket to the show

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/gareth-malone47350/

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Beethoven’s Ninth

Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm, Sage One

  • Lars Vogt conductor
  • Natalya Romaniw soprano
  • Sophie Harmsen mezzo soprano
  • Edgaras Montvidas tenor
  • James Platt bass
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • Beethoven Symphony No.9

What a way to end the season! Lars Vogt returns to Gateshead for a performance of Beethoven’s mighty Ninth, the ‘symphony to end all symphonies,’ with its glorious life-affirming finale on the text of Schiller’s Ode to Joy.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/rns-at-home-beethovens-ninth/

The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah

Saturday 9 June, 8pm, Sage Two

He befriended Nelson Mandela, fought in the 1980s race riots, and recorded radical and relevant reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band. Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school, but became one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. Now he’s back with his first tour in eight years, to coincide with his remarkable autobiography, The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah.

In a compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life, while sharing a selection of favourite stories and poems. Signed copies of The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah will be available after the show.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/benjamin-zephaniah/

Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay plus Shipcote & Friends

Sunday 10 June, 7.45pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Brennen Leigh is an American songwriter, guitarist, mandolin player and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to cult icon status in Europe, Scandinavia, across the United States, South America and the United Kingdom.

Noel McKay is a songwriter who was raised in Lubbock, Texas and The Texas Hill Country. His songs have taken him across the United States and all over the world. In 1993 he was discovered by songwriting legend Guy Clark while performing his songs at a venue in Kerrville, Texas. These days Noel can be found playing his songs to packed houses of astute listeners both stateside and in Europe.

Recently, Brennen Leigh has become Noel McKay’s song writing and duet partner, and their collaborations have garnered wide acclaim. When not on the road, Noel splits his time between Austin and Nashville.

Shipcote & Friends provide the support, and have a new album out soon called I’m Quite Happy With That.

Book now: http://sagegateshead.com/event/brennen-leigh-and-noel-mckay/