- Pioneering American jazz saxophonist and 2019 BRIT Award nominee, Kamasi Washington
- Ground-breaking video DJ, DJ Woody
- An exclusive North East show from The Cult
Presented by Speakers from the Edge
Mark Beaumont – Around the World in 80 Days
Monday 20 May, 8pm
Mark Beaumont set out to make this Victorian fiction a two-wheeled reality. Having smashed the circumnavigation cycling world record twice in his career, he now holds this 18,000 mile title in a time of 78 days and 14 hours, averaging 240 miles a day.
Over the past decade, Mark’s epic documentaries have taken viewers to more than 100 countries, into the Arctic, the high mountains and around the Commonwealth, also surviving capsize in the mid-Atlantic.
Showing films and photography, this show is a fascinating insight into Mark’s career of adventure.
Janina Fialkowska Pianist
Tuesday 21 May, 7.30pm
The concert, in aid of British Red Cross, will consist of pieces by Mozart, Fauré, Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy and Chopin.
“You may never play again” – These were words Janina Fialkowska heard after she was diagnosed with a rare cancer in her left arm in 2002. After gruelling treatment, she made a triumphant return to the stage in 2004.
Fialkowska has performed all over the world and recently became the recipient of The Governor General of Canada’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Classical Music.
Kamasi Washington plus Oscar Jerome
Tuesday 21 May, 7.30pm
Pioneering American jazz saxophonist and 2019 BRIT Award nominee.
Kamasi’s new album, Heaven & Earth, was voted No.7 in The Guardian’s top 50 albums of the year 2018.
When he released his tour de force LP, The Epic, in 2015, it instantly set him on a path as our generation’s torchbearer for progressive, improvisational music that would open the door for young audiences to experience music unlike anything they had heard before.
Released to critical acclaim, the album won numerous ‘best of’ awards, including the inaugural American Music Prize and the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Album of the Year.
His mass appeal continues to grow drawing vibrant, multi-ethnic and multi-generational crowds with tour stops at the world’s most prominent festivals such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Bonnaroo and Primavera.
Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as a vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene.
In his solo project, Jerome brings all of his influences together, including artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla.
Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.
Elmer’s Musical Adventure
Saturday 25 May, 11.30am & 2pm
It’s story time! Come and enjoy the adventures of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, brought to life by a Story Catcher from Seven Stories and musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia.
In partnership with Seven Stories. Babies under 12 months may sit on your lap and therefore do not require a ticket.
Classical Season 2018/19 | RNS Presents
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Saturday 25 May, 7.30pm
- Grant Gershon conductor
- Peter Sellars director
- Los Angeles Master Chorale
- Orlando di Lasso Lagrime di San Pietro (The Tears of St Peter)
In its only performance outside London!
‘Lagrime is a major accomplishment for the Master Chorale, which sang and acted brilliantly. It’s also a major accomplishment for music history.’ – Mark Swed, LA Times
Ground-breaking American director Peter Sellars has created a new, iconic production of a Renaissance masterpiece.
A visceral, enthralling performance – deploying the stellar singers of the LA Master Chorale to such dramatic, contemporary effect that you forget you are listening to music written more than 400 years ago. Beautifully designed and lit, this staging makes the most of the universal story of friendship, betrayal, and grief, packing a raw emotional punch.
Written in the weeks before his death, the composer knew Lagrime di San Pietro would be his last work, and channelled all of his pain and remorse into a towering work of beauty. His final statement.
Director Peter Sellars was so inspired by the power of the music that he decided to create a choral performance unlike any other. Twenty-one singers from Los Angeles Master Chorale – professional choir-in-residence at LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall – bring all their technical excellence to a new vision of artistic daring, singing the entire, intricate 75-minute piece from memory, unaccompanied and thrillingly staged for our times.
DJ Woody presents ‘Hip Hop: an audio-visual celebration’ plus Ken Masters
Saturday 25 May, 8pm
DJ Woody’s ground-breaking audio-visual DJ shows have taken him around the globe, from headlining festivals to showcasing at the World DMC Finals, appearing on the hit TV show The Slammer to a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
HIP HOP: an audio-visual celebration chronicles all things Hip Hop, utilising his trademark edits, animations, graphics and world champion turntablist skills. Starting with the original breaks, the first rap records and through to party rockers spanning the 80s up until today. Jurassic 5’s Cut Chemist describes it as “the best video DJ set I’ve ever seen!”
Known for his innovations, he helped design the world’s first ever musical turntable instrument (Vestax Controller One) and is famed as a prolific pioneer of new scratch techniques.
Woody‘s musical approach to the turntable and has led to mixtapes and recordings for labels including NinjaTunes, BBE, Jazz Fudge, Tokyo Dawn, Chopped Hearing, Passenger, Twisted Nerve and Jack 2 Phono Records.
The Cult Plus Support
Sunday 26 May, 7.30pm
The Cult perform an exclusive North East show.
The band are considered as one of the most prominent heavy metal revivalist acts in the UK. Famed for their ever-evolving style, The Cult have become an influential force when it comes to genres such as gothic rock, post-punk and grunge.
Since their formation in 1983, the band have built up a rich discography comprising 10 albums along with notable tracks such as She Sells Sanctuary and Fire Woman.
Part of their endurability lies in two of the band’s founding members, Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitarist), always remaining as constant fixtures in the band.
Thea Gilmore plus Matt Owens
Sunday 26 May, 8pm
Small World Turning is Thea’s first new collection of songs since 2017’s The Counterweight, which was her third successive top 40 album.
An artist of enduring international acclaim (Bruce Springsteen regularly names her as a favourite) and a justly revered lyricist, Gilmore’s musical settings have taken many ingenious detours in recent years. Small World Turning nails it’s colours to a very different mast from the get-go.
Acoustic guitars are back to the fore, and a quintessentially rootsy array of instruments frame them – fiddles, whistles, mandolins, tenor banjos are all in abundance. Small World Turning is an album with an unashamed folk flavour and features contributions from Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman, Sam Lakeman, Katriona Gilmore, Jamie Roberts and BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award winner 2013 Ciaran Algar.