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Royal Northern Sinfonia and a host of special guests invite concert-goers to celebrate the magic of Christmas

Posted on 1 December 2016

The festive season is finally here and Sage Gateshead’s classical Christmas concerts are set to impress. With a host of special guests and a range of musical styles and genres, Royal Northern Sinfonia’s full line-up of festive treats and annual classics will be ringing in Christmas in the North East in full orchestral glory.

To kick off the celebrations, From Bach to Beatles (3 December) provides the perfect Christmas night out for fans of the Fab Four. Hosted by Montenegrin guitar superstar Miloš Karadaglić, classical guitarist Craig Ogden will be performing a selection of musical favourites from Rodrigo’s Españoleta from Fantasía para un gentilhombre and Piazzolla’s Libertango to Beatles classics Something and Here Comes the Sun. If you love guitar, this is not to be missed – and should be a truly memorable evening.

Next on the list is Handel’s Messiah (10 December) – and what better way to start your Christmas than with our annual performance of this seasonal favourite! Join Royal Northern Sinfonia and Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia in Sage One and experience one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Hallelujah!

Taking a glitzy twist as Christmas draws closer, The Best of the West End at Christmas (14 December) promises a night of showtunes topped off with seasonal favourites, with RNS joined by stars of London’s West End. Expect to hear all your favourite songs from The Lion King to Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera to Wicked. Forget visions of sugar-plums; this concert is the only thing musical-lovers will be dreaming about this December!

If your holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a bit of jazz, you won’t want to miss Let It Snow with Claire Martin (18 December). For this concert, RNS will be performing festive jazz Christmas classics, with highlights including Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, Sleigh Ride, Pick Yourself Up, I Won’t Dance and I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Joining RNS will be British jazz star Claire Martin, described by The Times as “our finest jazz singer” and Jazz Times noting “there are few, if any, finer jazz singers than Claire Martin”.

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas at Sage Gateshead without this next event! A firm family favourite, the ever-popular live music and film event The Snowman (22 – 24 December) will be making a welcome return to Sage One. Bring all the family along to watch the classic animated film, adapted from Raymond Briggs’ timeless picture book, on the big screen accompanied live by Royal Northern Sinfonia playing Howard Blake’s magical score.

This year, audiences will get the chance to join in with an interactive seasonal singalong, featuring festive hits from Frozen alongside popular Christmas classics – and don’t forget to pay a visit to Sage Gateshead’s well-stocked shop for a range of Snowman-related gifts and stocking fillers. There will also be a relaxed matinee performance (22 December) suited to families and those with autism or disabilities. Listeners are free to move around and make noise during this performance and hall doors will be left open for people to come and go as they wish.

Catch the post-Christmas fatigue before it hits by waltzing along the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside for New Year in Vienna (1 January). Make sure you book early – this concert always sells out, with this year set to be extra special as RNS Principal Guest Conductor Julian Rachlin leads the celebrations from the violin.

For more information about the rest of Sage Gateshead’s Christmas events visit sagegateshead.com/christmas

A Classical Christmas is supported by The Vardy Foundation.

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