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Next week (week commencing 29th January) at Sage Gateshead

Next week at Sage Gateshead

Week commencing 29th January


Sage Gateshead has a fantastic week in store, with the best classical, folk, roots, and rock and roll in the region.

Premier rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown will be uncut, solo, and uncensored on Thursday 1 February sharing songs and stories from his life and career.

The brilliant Aviv Quartet will be making its debut at Sage Gateshead for the Brundibár Arts Festival Closing Concert on Sunday 4 February, performing combination of well-established repertoire and a brilliant but lesser-known work by victim of the Holocaust, Pavel Haas.

Colorado natives The Railsplitters bring their high-energy brand of bluegrass on Friday 2 February, with top class instrumental playing and powerful female and male vocals.

Tickets are still available for this eclectic mix of shows, taking place week commencing 29 January.


Martin Hayes Quartet

Monday 29 January, 8pm, Sage Two

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill distil the melodies and rhythms of traditional Irish music into passionate interpretations of tunes resonating as both venerable and startlingly new, making them the undisputed masters of Irish music around the world.

The Martin Hayes Quartet expands on the musical ideas of the duo by exploring sonic possibilities with the inclusion of the deep mellow bass clarinet played by the highly skilled Doug Wieselman, and the rich warm tones of the viola from the brilliant Liz Knowles.

The addition of these instruments provides an aural texture that multiplies the rhythmic possibilities and allows a larger role for improvisation. Both Doug and Liz bring a wealth of musical experience that contributes to the spacious, rich arrangements of the Quartet, simultaneously ancient and contemporary, authentic and probing.

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Newcastle International Chamber Music Series

Zimro Trio

Wednesday 31 January, 7.30pm, Sage Two

  • Milhaud Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
  • Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor
  • Stravinsky Suite: The Soldier’s Tale
  • Mozart Trio in E flat ‘Kegelstatt’
  • Gershwin Preludes for Clarinet and Piano
  • Copland (arr. Hannan) Suite: Appalachian Spring

Paul Barritt, former Northern Sinfonia leader, brings a varied programme centred on Mozart’s Kegelstatt trio for viola, clarinet and piano.

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Joe Brown: For the First Time Ever…Just Joe with special Guest Henry Gross

Thursday 1 February, 7.30pm, Sage One

Premier Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Joe Brown will be on stage all evening, and the musical styles incorporated into this new show are as unique as the man himself. He brings with him special guest Henry Gross.

For the first time ever see Joe by himself, uncut, solo, and uncensored. Joe will talk about growing up in a pub in London’s East End, discovering Skiffle, becoming a Rock ‘N’ Roll pioneer and touring with the likes of Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and Gene Vincent before headlining shows with The Beatles as opening act.

Joe has continued to break box office records over his extensive career and recently received MOJO magazine’s coveted Outstanding Contribution to Music Award as well as a much-deserved MBE.

Packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll, all interwoven with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences, this sensational show is a musical journey not to be missed.

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The Railsplitters plus support from Rhona Dalling

Friday 2 February, 8pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall

The Railsplitters bring their high-energy brand of bluegrass from Colorado, USA with top class instrumental playing and powerful female and male vocals. This hugely entertaining live band draws on a range of influences including folk, roots, Americana, modern pop, and rock and roll, as well as bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs.

Featuring banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and upright bass, The Railsplitters have the kind of raw power that will knock your socks off. Having got their career off to a flying start by winning the band competition at the popular and influential Rockygrass festival, the band have spent much of the last few years on the road honing their craft.

With three albums and two extensive UK tours under their belts, the band has received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic for their song writing talent, luminous vocals and exceptional musical range.

This is music for the open road, the open dance floor, and open ears, the music of the American West, made for all.

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Classical Season 2017/18 | RNS Nights Out

New York, New York

Sunday 4 February, 3pm, Sage One

  • Martin Yates conductor
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia

Join RNS and guest vocalists for a celebration of the music of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, to mark what would have been the latter’s 100th year.

Sit back and enjoy some of the greatest melodies ever written, including Rhapsody in Blue, Summertime, and numbers from West Side Story in the superb acoustic of Sage One.

New York, New York – a helluva town!

Programme includes Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Mambo, Something’s Coming, Somewhere, I Can Cook Too, New York, New York, and many more.

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Brundibár Arts Festival Closing Concert

Sunday 4 February, 7.30pm, Sage Two

  • F.Schubert String Quartet No.14, D minor “Death and the Maiden”
  • P.Haas String Quartet No. 2, Op.7 “The Monkey Mountains”
  • J.Bradley Brundibar Arts Festival Special Commission 2018 for string quartet and percussion

The brilliant Aviv Quartet will be making its debut at Sage Gateshead. They have won the Grand Prix at Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, 1st Prize at the Charles Hennen Competition, and many other prizes at the Schubert Competition, Bordeaux String Quartet Competition and Prague Spring Competition.

The Quartet will be performing a programme of masterworks, including a combination of well-established repertoire and a brilliant but lesser-known work by victim of the Holocaust, Pavel Haas.

Launched in 2016, the annual Brundibár Arts Festival is the first recurring festival in the UK dedicated to the Music and Arts of the Holocaust.

The festival takes its name from children’s opera, Brundibár. The opera, which has a title meaning bumblebee, was written in 1938 by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása, and first performed publicly by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943.

Naming the festival after Brundibár was a positive affirmation of creativity in adversity, and a lasting tribute to the children of Theresienstadt.

Now in its third edition, Brundibár Arts Festival has established a tradition to close the festival with a specially commissioned piece of music. It represents a homage to those composers who perished and is a way of carrying on their legacy while looking to the future.

This concert is supported by the Cavatina Trust, making it free for people under 26.

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Christine Tobin’s PELT Tour plus support

Sunday 4 February, 7.45pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall

In December 2012, Christine Tobin won a BASCA British Composers Award for her spellbinding settings of poems by WB Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium. The award included a PRSF commission to write new music.

Tobin’s latest album, PELT, is the result of this commission. PELT is Christine’s settings of poems and lyrics by contemporary Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon. Although a continuation of Tobin’s alchemy with fine words and music and her exploration of the chemistry between the two, this album marks a new direction and a new musical soundscape.

PELT is both daring and dreamlike, passionate and playful. Christine leads her skilled musicians across a kaleidoscopic panorama, sometimes as a junkyard blues philosopher, or a snappy beat seductress, sometimes as a conduit for exquisite zen-like harmonies, or reflective Americana.

The result is a rich and engaging collection with Tobin’s trademark originality.

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