- Globally renowned and award-winning recording artist, Imogen Heap with Guy Sigsworth
- James Ketchell, the only person on the planet to have summitted Everest, rowed the Atlantic and cycled the world
- Ex-Special Forces soldier and star of TV’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton
- Sage Gateshead is alive with the sound of brass as it hosts the world-famous Brass in Concert Championship
Imogen Heap and Guy Sigsworth (Frou Frou)
Monday 11 November, 8pm
Globally renowned and award-winning recording artist, Imogen Heap, recognised for creative works including Hide and Seek and Tiny Human, has announced her first world tour in eight years, which will bring together content creators, fans and the industry in a unique and innovative format.
Comprising of concerts with Guy Sigsworth as the re-formed Frou Frou, talks, workshops and exhibitions, the 40-city tour will be used as a platform to officially launch Mycelia’s Creative Passport – a vision of the future which sees music makers connected through a verified and decentralised ecosystem, promoting artist-led, fair and sustainable operating practices.
Using emergent blockchain technology, the Creative Passport – which is unique to each music maker and which enables creators to link their work – contains personal information, IDs, acknowledgements, works and business partners and incorporates ‘smart contract’ elements, enabling quick and easy direct payments, and simplifying and democratising meaningful commercial partnerships and creative collaborations.
Marillion with Friends from the Orchestra – Live in 2019 plus Harry Pane
Wednesday 13 November, 7pm
Marillion return to the road in the UK and Europewith an extended line up of musicians joining the band.
They will be playing songs spanning their 14 album-career with Steve Hogarth, as 2019 celebrates 30 years of him joining the band, as well as adding in a six-piece band for the entire tour all of whom are brilliant players as well as great friends, so there will be immense chemistry on stage.
The shows will feature the In Praise of Folly string quartet, plus Sam Morris on French horn and Emma Halnan on flute on selected numbers throughout the show.
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Prague Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 14 November, 7.30pm
- Pietari Inkinen conductor
- Ester Pavl? mezzo soprano
- Prague Symphony Orchestra
- Ladies of the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia
- Children’s Chorus
- Mahler Symphony No.3
Gustav Mahler said that ‘a symphony must be like the world,’ but even by his own standards, Mahler’s Third Symphony is extraordinary. Probably the longest symphony that’s regularly performed, it’s a concert in its own right: a huge, teeming musical world in which the composer tried to capture the whole of nature in music.
Distant trumpets, children’s songs, glittering marches and serene mountain-top meditations: Mahler throws them all into the mix before ending with a rapturous hymn to love.
With Pietari Inkinen at the helm of the Prague Symphony Orchestra – an orchestra steeped in Mahlerian tradition – this will be a Sage Gateshead first and should be a major occasion.
Presented by Speakers from the Edge
James Ketchell: Chasing Extremes
Thursday 14 November, 8pm
James Ketchell is the only person on the planet to have summitted Everest, rowed the Atlantic and cycled the world!
Despite a serious motorbike accident in 2007, which left his leg shattered and his active lifestyle in jeopardy, in 2014 British adventurer James became the first person to have completed the Ultimate Triathlon.
James delivers his tales of adventure, endeavour and determination in an evening experience that will undoubtedly leave young and old feeling motivated and inspired with life lessons learned by the adventurer himself.
Mike Peters presents The Alarm – Hurricane of Change Tour 2019
Friday 15 November, 7.30pm
The tour will honour The Alarm’s late 1980s trilogy of iconic albums Eye of the Hurricane, Electric Folklore and Change, and will feature intimate acoustic readings of some of The Alarm’s most famous songs such as Rain In The Summertime, Sold Me Down The River and A New South Wales, alongside a host of Alarm standards as captured on the 1988 live album, Electric Folklore.
Thirty years ago, as Mike Peters undertook a creative song-writing journey through the heart of his home country – Wales. The Berlin Wall fell and Europe itself plunged into a period of enormous and seismic change. Caught in the middle of this political maelstrom, Mike Peters and the Alarm would record the three albums, each of which would, in their own way, capture the essence of these most turbulent times.
The Hurricane of Change tour will be performed solo with a first set dedicated to Eye of the Hurricane followed by a second performance of Change along with a third set featuring songs from The Alarm’s classic live recording Electric Folklore.
Saturday 16 November, 8pm
Ex-Special Forces soldier and star of TV’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton has faced many break points in his life. As one of the first former UK Special Forces members to talk openly to the media and reveal their identity, Ollie has an incredible tale to tell.
Now, join him live in conversation as he shares stories about hardened criminals, high-speed car chases, counter-terrorism and humanitarian heroics. But it’s not all fearlessness and fame: Ollie has faced break points in his personal life too – surviving a freak childhood attack, run-ins with the law as a teenager rebelling against a broken home, his self-destructive battles with alcohol and drug addiction, and his struggles with anxiety and depression. His final redemption as an entrepreneur and mental health charity ambassador have seen him overcome adversity to build a new and better life.
In these rare live events, Ollie will take you through the highs and lows of his military career in what makes for a fascinating, interactive evening. Expect to be shocked, entertained and truly inspired. After all, it’s only when you’re at break point that you find out who you really are.
Hot Club of Cowtown
Sunday 17 November, 8pm
Award-winning Texas-based Hot Club of Cowtown may be the world’s most globe-trotting, effervescent string trio, who’s joyful sound blends the traditional Western swing of the American southwest with European hot jazz influences of the same era. The Hot Club of Cowtown, celebrating its 21st year this season, also writes its own material and reinterprets everything from hoedowns to American songbook standards in its own, original style.
Voted Ameripolitan Western Swing Group of the Year 2015 and inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2004, HCCT has toured with Bob Dylan, Roxy Music and others and represented traditional American music throughout the world for the US State Department from Azerbaijan to the Sultanate of Oman. Ten studio albums, a global following, and the relentless passion of its live shows are the band’s continuing trademark.
Brass in Concert 2019
Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 November
Every third weekend in November, Sage Gateshead is alive with the sound of brass as it hosts the world-famous Brass in Concert Championship which features many of the finest bands in the land.
Youth Brass in Concert
Saturday 16 November, 12pm
Join us for the 2nd Youth Brass in Concert Championships.
Following inaugural Youth Brass Entertainment Championship in 2018, Brass in Concert presents Youth Brass in Concert Championships.
Six bands including 2018 champions, Wardle Academy, and runners-up, Elland Youth Silver perform live. Featuring soloists, colourful costumes and choreography during 20-minute quality music performances, these young bands present the very best that youth brass has to offer in entertainment
Full of vibrancy and life, the audience will be thrilled by the enthusiasm and skill of these young performers.
World of Brass in Concert
Saturday 16 November, 7.30pm
Brighouse and Rastrick will provide the entertainment for the first time at the World of Brass Gala Concert. Under the baton of Dr. David Thornton, the 2017 National Champions of Great Britain will present a programme of classic brass with Virtuosi special guest soloist David Childs.
Brighouse and Rastrick originally formed in 1858 and have won the National Brass Band Championship on no less than 10 occasions, British Open Championship five times and the European Championship twice. The band will represent England at the 2019 European Brass Band Championship in Montreux, Switzerland in April. Since the Brass in Concert Festival moved to Sage Gateshead in 2005, the band have featured regularly among the prizes winning the title in 2006 and 2007. Over and above its contest laurels, the band is best known for its recording of The Floral Dance which was number two in the charts for nine weeks achieving over 1 million sales and earning gold and silver discs.
David Childs is currently Professor of Euphonium at the University of North Texas. His family roots have been synonymous with brass bands for three generations. In 2001, David became the BBC Young Musician of the Year and has been instrumental in raising the profile of the euphonium in the classical world of music. He has played with many of the leading orchestra in the world and performed at an extensive number of venues on occasions giving the first performance of works for the euphonium.
The 43rd Brass in Concert Championship
Sunday 17 November, 9am
A top-quality day of brass band presentation featuring many of the finest bands in the land including; world number one-ranked band in the world and defending champions, Cory, 2018 runners-up, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery, and Brighouse and Rastrick.
Multi-media screens display the action as it happens with close up images of the players in the heat of determined competition.
Presented in his inimitable style by Frank Renton, this has become one of the key attractions of the calendar in the marvellous surroundings of one of the most iconic concert halls in the world.