- An evening with Alfie Boe
- Magic of Motown – celebrate the sound of a generation
- The powerful sounds of ancient Northumbria – Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening
- Beatlemania – Royal Northern Sinfonia play the hits of the Fab Four
An Evening With Alfie Boe
Monday 25 March – Tuesday 26 March, Sage One, 7.30pm
Alfie Boe will perform two spectacular nights at Sage Gateshead following the release of the album As Time Goes By.
The record celebrates the golden era of music from the 30s and 40s, a time that is often overlooked – sandwiched between the roaring 20s and rock ‘n’ roll.
Alfie is one of the best-loved vocalists of his generation and a hugely successful, multi-platinum selling artist. He has triumphed on theatre stages and in concert halls around the world and has two recent UK No.1 albums under his belt, Together and Together Again, made with his great friend Michael Ball. The duo also won two Classic BRIT Awards earlier this year for Best Album and Group of the Year.
The Cinematic Orchestra
Wednesday 27 March, Sage One, 7.30pm
The Cinematic Orchestra have created a huge reputation for themselves across the music industry since starting in 1999 with their genre-defying fusion of jazz, classical and cutting-edge electronica. Their new album, To Believe, was released on March 15th.
They created an original film score for Disney in 2008, picking up a nomination for Best Original Score at Cannes Film Festival, and their score for To Build a Home was screened at the Edinburgh Film festival the same year.
Newcastle International Chamber Music Series 2018/19
Calidore String Quartet
Wednesday 27 March, Sage Two, 7.30pm
- Mendelssohn Quartet in A minor
- Janáček Quartet No.1 Kreutzer Sonata
- Webern Five Pieces
- Beethoven Quartet in C minor 18 No.4
Formed in Los Angeles, based in New York, and winners of the world’s most lucrative chamber music prize, the Calidore Quartet presents the 18-year-old Mendelssohn’s astonishingly mature work and the 69-year-old Janáek’s first quartet which displays all the intensity and passion of youth.
Magic of Motown
Thursday 28 March, Sage One, 7.30pm
Seen by more than a million people, it’s no surprise that this show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, even performing for Her Majesty the Queen, as special guests at the Royal Variety Performance.
Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.
This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, Blame It On The Boogie, Uptight, Endless Love, My Cherie Amor, All Night Long, and many, many more.
Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening
Thursday 28 March, Sage Two, 8pm
Musicians from Northumberland, Scotland, Ireland and England invoke the dark, powerful, sounds of Ancient Northumbria and broadcast them to the modern world.
- Kathryn Tickell Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, voice
- Cormac Byrne Percussion
- Joe Truswell Drums
- Kate Young Fiddle, voice
- Amy Thatcher Accordion, synths, voice, clog dancing
- Kieran Szifris Octave mandolin
Their inspiration comes from the wild, dramatic, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall, which seems so quintessentially Northumbrian…and yet, almost 2000 years ago that same landscape was inhabited by people from around the world, worshipping different gods and following different customs.
Band members are also known for their work with Seth Lakeman, Sting, Soumik Datta, The Shee, Monster Ceilidh Band, Songs of Separation, Carthy, Oates, Farrell and Young, Moulettes, Uiscedwr, Kathryn Tickell Band and many more.
In 2009 Kathryn was presented with The Queen’s Medal for Music, awarded to those deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to British music. She has twice won Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and was awarded the OBE in 2015.
BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2019
Friday 29 – Sunday 31 March, Sage Gateshead, various times.
Welcome to the Free Thinking Festival from BBC Radio 3. All weekend at Sage Gateshead BBC Radio 3 is gathering together a throng of talented individuals to wrestle, debate and celebrate the theme of this year’s festival: Emotion.
Whether it’s the angry turn in contemporary politics, the cultural specificity of emotions, how film and TV teach us to feel, anxiety and the teenage brain, emotion in diplomacy, or the benefits of sublimating feelings.
FREE on Sage Gateshead’s Concourse over the Free Thinking Festival Weekend, see the inner workings of programme-making as Radio 3’s pop up glass studio returns to Sage Gateshead’s Concourse.
More info and event line up – https://sagegateshead.com/seasons/bbc-radio-3-free-thinking-festival-2019/
Classical Season 2018/19 | RNS Nights Out
Saturday 30 March, Sage One, 7.30pm
Take the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo, add a full orchestra, and we’re already halfway to Penny Lane. This celebration of the Fab Four features hits from She Loves You to Let It Be and many more.
Beatlemania was the fan frenzy in the UK and US in the 1960s as a result of the Beatles iconic music. John, Paul, George, and Ringo had the world at their fingertips, but did you know some of these facts about them and their music?
None of the Beatles could read music. Between them they could play guitar, drums, and write lyrics, but they never learned to read music notation.
Music and autism
Some researchers state that some songs by the Beatles, including Here Comes the Sun, Yellow Submarine, and Blackbird, may help some children with autism and other disabilities. This is because reading and singing lyrics, identifying certain rhythms, and thinking abstractly through imagery are helpful.
With thanks to The Squires Foundation for its support of the RNS Nights Out series in 2019.