Next week at Sage Gateshead
String Sisters, Image Credit Floortje Robertson
Next week (week commencing 15th January) at Sage Gateshead
Sage Gateshead offers up a week of classical and folk performances to chase away the January blues.
Royal Northern Sinfonia present two contemporary classics from Abrahamsen and Messiaen, a Baby Sinfonia performance aimed at children under 18 months old, and welcome the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to perform pieces by Sibelius, Brahms and Bartók.
The Folkworks programme presents String Sisters, an ensemble group formed from talented musicians throughout Europe. Intermediate and advanced level fiddle players can also join the group for workshops.
Sage Gateshead is also delighted to offer an unusual performance in Dear Esther, where a live orchestra provides the live score to accompany real-time play of a video game.
Tickets are still available for these fantastic shows, taking place week commencing 15th January.
Quartet for the End of Time
Wednesday 17 January, 8pm, Sage Two
Royal Northern Sinfonia
- Hans Abrahamsen Schnee
- Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
A fusion of Bach canons and minimalism holds the inspiration for Abrahamsen’s monumental Schnee (Snow), which is fast becoming a contemporary classic, while Messiaen’s poignant Quartet for the End of Time remains one of the most remarkable works to have come out of World War II.
RNS Baby Sinfonia
Thursday 18 January, 11am, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
Bring your baby to this 45-minute classical treat with members of Royal Northern Sinfonia. Sway, rock, dance and bounce or just sit back and enjoy the music.
Folkworks: String Sisters
Friday 19 January, 8pm, Sage Two
Featuring six of the world’s top fiddlers and a peerless quartet of piano, guitar, bass and drums, String Sisters blends Nordic and Celtic traditions into a glorious riot of all-encompassing sound. Formed at Celtic Connections in 2000 by Shetland fiddler Catriona Macdonald, the group has come back together on many special occasions rewarding audiences each time with a concert to remember.
The band combines the very considerable talents of fiddlers Annbjørg Lien (Norway), Catriona Macdonald (Shetland), Emma Härdelin (Sweden), Liz Carroll (United States), Liz Knowles (United States), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Ireland) plus Tore Bruvoll (Norway) on guitar, Dave Milligan (Scotland) on piano, Conrad Molleson (Scotland) on bass and James Mackintosh (Scotland) on percussion. String Sisters’s performances and recordings also feature the vocal talents of Emma Härdelin and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.
There are also intermediate and advanced Fiddle Workshops with String Sisters taking place on Saturday 20 January.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Friday 19 January, 7.30pm, Sage One
Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla conductor
Ning Feng violin
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
- Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela
- Brahms Violin Concerto in D
- Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
A cor anglais lends its plangent voice to Sibelius’ mythical bird, while the oboe, rather than the violin, has the theme in the gorgeous slow movement of Brahms’ evergreen concerto.
Its Hungarian-inspired third movement makes for the perfect transition to Bartók’s orchestral fireworks – a fitting close for this welcome return of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under their much-lauded Music Director, Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla .
Live Score by Jessica Curry and Live Game Play by Dan Pinchbeck
Sunday 21 January, 8pm, Sage One
A watershed in programming, the first live play-through and performance of a video game, featuring the live score from BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry, as well as live electronics, a player, a soprano, a string quartet, a pianist and an actor.