• Experience the beautiful, Celtic charm of Cara Dillon’s annual Christmas performance
• Actor and drag artist Peter Groom returns to the North East with a brand-new cabaret in Dietrich: Natural Duty
• Some of the leading lights of the North East music scene celebrate the art of the duet in Duets: Paul Smith with Field Music, featuring Rachel Unthank, Kathryn Williams, Ross Millard (The Futureheads), Mara Carlyle
• Join proud Yorkshire lass, Kate Rusby, for a warm and inviting, spicy and sparkly Christmas performance
Cara Dillon – Upon A Winter’s Night
Monday 16 December, 8pm
Cara Dillon, possessed of one of the most celebrated folk voices to have come out of Ireland, tours her annual Christmas show, Upon A Winter’s Night. The overwhelming success of previous tours cementing this magical and memorable festive experience as a firm tradition for many years to come.
Cara and her band will once again capture the mystery of Christmas with a collection of songs ancient and modern providing a welcome reminder that the festive season can be about more than just commercialism. A far cry from Jingle Bells and Santa Baby, Cara will be joined by her wonderful band, who weave Celtic and folksy rhythms alongside reverent and atmospheric carols while she holds the darkness at bay with the purity of her voice.
As modest and down to earth as they come, Cara admits to being taken aback by the success of her acclaimed Christmas album, Upon A Winter’s Night, when it reached number one in the indie album charts not once, but twice in 2016.
There is another side to Christmas…far away from Bing crooning and Noddy screaming…it’s a place where the story of Jesus’ birth is retold with genuine wonder and celebrated with the dignity, passion and beauty it deserves. Christmas is one of Cara’s passions and her live show and album only go to prove it.
This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences, winning awards and achieving exceptional acclaim for more than 20 years.
Classical Season 2019/20 | Small is Beautiful
Tuesday 17 December, 8pm
- Noah Bendix-Balgley violin
- Sebastian Gürtler violin
- Thilo Fechner viola
- Stephan Koncz cello
- Ödön Rácz bass
- Daniel Ottensamer clarinet
- Christoph Traxler piano
Take a handful of virtuoso players from the world’s greatest orchestras, the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, invite a couple of friends along, and now imagine them kicking back and playing exactly what they’ve always secretly wanted to play – an anarchic, no-holds-barred musical cocktail of classical, jazz, klezmer, Latin, improv and pop.
Philharmonix sing, joke, and play like the superstars they are and whether it’s Brahms’ Hungarian Dances or Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus Overture or Sting’s Englishman in New York, we guarantee you’ve never heard anything like it.
Pure class, pure melody, pure fun. What’s that? Classical music isn’t meant to be as entertaining as this? Of course it is and believe us, you’re going to love it.
Film Screening: Love Actually
Wednesday 18 December, 7pm
This December we’ll be wrapping our stunning Northern Rock Foundation Hall in a big red bow for a special screening of Love Actually, with live music beforehand and Christmassy drinks to enjoy.
This modern-day Christmas staple features nine intertwined stories which examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love.
Don’t miss the chance to see such a heart-warming film in one of the North East’s most gorgeous settings!
More Information:https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/film-screening-love-actually/ – SOLD OUT RETURNS ONLY
Presented by Sage Gateshead and Curious Arts
Marlene Dietrich: Live in Gateshead
Wednesday 18 December, 8pm
After touring internationally with award-winning one (wo)man show, Dietrich: Natural Duty, actor and drag artist Peter Groom returns to the North East with a brand-new cabaret.
Drawing inspiration from Marlene Dietrich’s iconic solo show, performed internationally during her last years in the limelight, this new cabaret is a sensational evening of song that revisits some of the Hollywood star’s most memorable numbers, including Lili Marlene, Lola, and of course Falling in Love Again.
Besides Dietrich’s most notable numbers, Groom will also reimagine classics from the Great American Songbook as well as some festive songs, in the inimitable style of the woman Hemingway called “the beautiful mystery”.
Classical Season 2019/20 | RNS Christmas
Christmas on Broadway
Thursday 19 December, 7.30pm
- Michael England conductor
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
The Great White Way comes to Gateshead this Christmas to showcase the musicals which have put Broadway firmly on the map.
Under the baton of expert conductor and compère Michael England, and fronted by four leading musical theatre soloists, the programme will include hits from Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, The Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street and A Chorus Line, plus a little something extra to put you in the Christmas spirit!
Duets: Paul Smith with Field Music, featuring Rachel Unthank, Kathryn Williams, Ross Millard (The Futureheads), Mara Carlyle
Thursday 19 December, 8pm
Bringing together some of the leading lights of the North East music scene, this special concert will celebrate the art of the duet, ranging from folk song to blockbuster pop hits. Centred around Paul Smith (Maxïmo Park), who has curated this event, guest singers will bring their own distinct musical personalities to famous duets and the occasional cult curio.
Backed up by fellow Mercury Prize nominees, Field Music, this promises to be an eclectic, celebratory event, featuring acclaimed artists Rachel Unthank, Kathryn Williams, Ross Millard (The Futureheads) and Mara Carlyle.
Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes Special Christmas Show
Friday 20 December, 7.30pm
‘Tis the season for Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes to spread holiday cheer, bringing a beloved New York holiday tradition to Sage Gateshead this Christmas.
The iconic singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, pop music’s ultimate girl group, return with their acclaimed multimedia show Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes’ Best Christmas Party Ever!
This holiday extravaganza is a raucous, rocking, and intoxicating blend of Ronnie’s Christmas classics, timeless Ronettes hits including Be My Baby, Baby I Love You, Walking In The Rain and Do I Love You?; cult gems from her back catalogue, and plenty of Ronnie’s inimitable off–the–cuff musings and anecdotes from childhood Christmases in New York City.
A Jazzy Christmas
Jo Harrop, Matt Anderson, Emma Fisk, Graham Hardy, Paul Edis, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan + guests
Saturday 21 December, 2pm (Family show), 8pm
After sell-out performances in December 2017 and 2018, A Jazzy Christmas returns to Sage Gateshead for two performances in 2019.
Featuring new arrangements of festive favourites penned by brilliant young pianist Paul Edis and performed by some of the leading lights on the UK jazz scene.
With Jo Harrop (vocals), Matt Anderson (sax), Emma Fisk (violin) Andy Champion (double bass) Russ Morgan (drums) and special guests.
Saturday 21 December, 7.30pm
Forever proud to call herself folk singer, Kate Rusby’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. Famously down to earth, for more than twenty years Kate’s engaging personality and sharp Yorkshire wit have further endeared her to concert goers everywhere.
It is in her special Christmas concerts that all these elements combine to exquisite effect.
Indeed, after over fifteen years of enchanting audiences up and down the land, Kate’s Christmas tour – so wondrously captured on her 2013 Live At Christmas concert DVD – has, for many, become as much a part of the festivities as Christmas pudding itself! Warm and inviting, spicy and sparkly she and her marvellous band – joined as ever by a sublime brass quintet – embody the sounds and joyous spirit of the best Christmases ever!
Classical Season 2019/20 | RNS Christmas
Sunday 22 December – Tuesday 24 December, 11am, 2pm, 5pm
- Alan Fearon conductor
- Eleanor Mooney presenter
- Ian Stephens We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
- Howard Blake The Snowman
We’re walking in the air…
It isn’t Christmas until a little boy has built a new friend in a snowy garden and The Snowman has whisked us off into the frosty, starlit night.
If you didn’t think the classic film could get any more enchanting, you’re in for a magical surprise, because this seasonal screening is accompanied live by Royal Northern Sinfonia.
But first, wrap up warm, because we’re going on a bear hunt, along with the whole orchestra. All the family’s welcome, so all together now… “We’re going to catch a big one! What a beautiful day!”
The performance on 22nd December at 2pm is a relaxed performance.