- Join the stars of Strictly Come Dancing for Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara: Remembering The Movies
- 80s icons ABC perform the iconic debut album, The Lexicon Of Love, in its entirety
- West African session musicians London Astrobeat Orchestraperforms the music of Talking Heads
Fairy Door Hunt
Saturday 6 – Saturday 20 April, 10am – 4pm, Sage Gateshead
Do you know that there are many different types of fairies and some of them live at Sage Gateshead? Can you find the doors to their homes?
Take part in this fun, free trail suitable for all the family.
You can pick up your treasure hunt clue sheet from the Welcome Desk.
Fairy Crown Making Workshops
9, 10, 11 and 20 April, 11am – 2pm, Sage Gateshead
Artist, forest school teacher and folk musician, Bryony Bainbridge will be leading free fairy crown making drop-in workshops on the Concourse. Made from willow and ivy, these realistic fairy crowns will be woven together with natural materials, ribbon and string.
Suitable for all ages, girls and boys will be able to take their crown home for fairy dress up fun.
Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara: Remembering The Movies
Monday 8 April, 7.30pm, Sage One
Strictly Come Dancing’s very own Aljaz and Janette are back on tour with their new show Remembering the Movies. Featuring dazzling choreography, imaginative sets, spectacular backdrops, huge multimedia LED screen and supported by an incredible cast of live singers and dancers.
If you loved Remembering Fred, then get ready for a remarkable, unique and star-studded rollercoaster ride through some of the most successful, Oscar-winning and most memorable films of all time.
From the Golden Age of Hollywood through to the modern mega musical. Enjoy tributes to Audrey Hepburn, Saturday Night Fever, Gene Kelly, The Greatest Showman, Marilyn Monroe, La La Land, James Bond, Cabaret and many more.
Strap in, hold tight and allow yourself to fall in love all over again with the classic movie songs and dance routines.
ABC: The Lexicon of Love with the Southbank Sinfonia and conducted by Anne Dudley
Thursday 11 April, 7pm, Sage One
ABC performs the iconic debut album, The Lexicon Of Love, in its entirety plus all the greatest hits, joined by the Southbank Sinfonia and long-time collaborator Anne Dudley, who will conduct the evening.
The Lexicon Of Love was first released in 1982 and went straight to number one. Fusing dance floor finesse with a post-punk attitude, the album spawned timeless tracks such Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love, Tears Are Not Enough and All Of My Heart. The album saw ABC enchant the world with their own unique brand of pop.
Martin Fry’s combination of sly northern wit and subversive intelligence, pop flamboyance and rock swagger, gold lame and lyrics that deal with treachery make this album still as contemporary as it was in the beginning.
ABC were formed in Sheffield in the 1980s when they decided they wanted to fuse the world of disco funk with their own unique post punk vision. ABC’s debut album The Lexicon Of Love (‘82) went to No.1 and sold more than one million records.
Folkworks: Le Vent du Nord
Thursday 11 April, 8pm, Sage Two
The award-winning and highly acclaimed Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Québec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.
The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. They’ve collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québécois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, singer Julie Fowlis.
As an amazing live performance quintet, Le Vent du Nord is still pushing the envelope and exploring new sounds with stunning vocal arrangements, instrumental textures and the often-astounding togetherness they’ve built their legend on. On stage these five friends creating intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern interpretation of tradition, a music of the here and now.
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Friday 12 April, 7.30pm, Sage One
- Mahan Esfahani harpsichord
- Amy Yule flute
- Bradley Creswick violin
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
- Heinrich Bach Sonata a 5
- J C Bach Symphony in C Op.III No.2
- C P E Bach Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra in D minor
- J S Bach Concerto in the Italian Style
- J S Bach Concerto for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in A minor
Johann Sebastian Bach was only one member of the most musical family in history.
Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani loves to delight and surprise: and from the elegance of C P E Bach to the genius of J S himself, this concert should do exactly that.
Burning Down the House – London Astrobeat Orchestra performs Talking Heads
Friday 12 April, 8pm, Sage Two
London Astrobeat Orchestra perform songs from the iconic Talking Heads movie, Stop Making Sense, live.
Focusing on tracks from the cult classic albums, Remain In The Light and Speaking in Tongues, the London Astrobeat Orchestra are a funky, rhythmic, hypnotic, anthemic, uplifting, groovy, percussive, earth-shatteringly tight, live band.
Selling out their first four debut shows at The Jazz Café, London, the band were affectionately nicknamed the African Talking Heads.
When you consider the afrobeat vibes, that run through all the best Talking Heads albums, it’s both appropriate and correct that this collective of musicians, from West Africa, Europe and beyond should offer this completely unique, razor sharp, liquid funk and jaw-droppingly tight take on the finest of Mr David Byrne & Co’s timeless compositions.
They comprise of the finest West African session musicians, including legendary band leader and bassist Edd Bateman hosting rhythmic influences from Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Cameroon and Congo.
Featuring Lingala singer and soukous aristocrat King Fire, blues rock and astropheric soundscaping guitarist and vocalist Julian Burdock, Guinean Master Griot kora player Mosi Conde, the mbalax rhythm machine Badou N’Diaye and Mandinka percussionist Modou Cissokho.
Family Folk Show with Megson
Saturday 13 April, 2pm, Sage Two
Organic, authentic and fun folk concerts for big and little music connoisseurs.
Award-winning folk duo Megson blend their infectious mix of heavenly vocals and lush harmonies into a gentle, entertaining concert specially for pre-school children, featuring children’s folk songs old and new from their When I was a Lad album.
“The most original duo on the British folk scene.” – The Guardian
“I really liked dancing with my sisters at the front and popping the bubbles! It was REALLY exciting. I want to see them again!” – Phoebe (Aged 3)
Saturday 13 April, 8pm, Sage Two
Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.
The husband and wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising of Debs Hanna (vocals, whistle, piano accordion) and Stu Hanna (guitar, mandola, banjo), Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting and intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.
Inspiration Choir and Royal Northern Sinfonia
The Great British Sing
Sunday 14 April, 4pm, Sage One
- Inspiration Choir
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
- Music Director Gary Griffiths
A concert showcasing the best of British composers and songwriters from classical Elgar and Parry to the shows of Lloyd Webber and Ivor Novello.
These Isles have produced some of the world’s best music for voices ideally suited to the massed singers of the Inspiration Choir.