Opening Times
Box Office
This Week our Box Office phone lines are open 12noon – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. The building itself will remain closed until further notice.

☎️ 0191 443 4661
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Opening Times:
Box Office
This Week our Box Office phone lines are open 12noon – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. The building itself will remain closed until further notice.

☎️ 0191 443 4661
📧 [email protected]



Posted on 20 February 2020


Sage Gateshead is set to come alive with the sounds of contemporary music at the upcoming CoMA Festival of Contemporary Music for All from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 March.

Following the success of the first festival two years ago, this festival provides the chance to hear Royal Northern Sinfonia perform music by the composers of today in different spaces, as well as a concert by the inclusive ensemble RNS Moves, and a day of contemporary workshops to take part in.

Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia will open the festival with a free performance of contemporary choral music on Sage Gateshead’s Concourse, including music by Howard Skempton. Hear them on Friday 6 March, 7.30pm.

RNS: Listening a World follows on Friday 6 at 8pm. This chamber music concert – featuring six of the best and brightest contemporary composers – will present music underpinned and inspired by the world around us: it’s environments, places and sounds.

Saturday 7 March will see the festival move out of Sage Gateshead for the New Music Trail, a series of concerts in different venues around the Ouseburn providing a change of scene for RNS musicians and the chance for audiences to try something new and enjoy a pint along the way.

Members of the orchestra will perform in Cobalt Studios (2pm), The Cluny (3.30pm) and the Cumberland Arms (5pm).

RNS Moves – Royal Northern Sinfonia’s inclusive ensemble comprised of musicians with and without disabilities – will close Saturday’s events with a performance at Sage Gateshead at 7pm. The group’s third performance will present a programme of new music adapted and specially commissioned to suit the musicians.

Festival audiences are invited to become participants on Sunday 8 March with a day of CoMA Workshops. Beginning at 12pm, the afternoon of vocal and instrumental workshops will lead to a performance of Terry Riley’s minimalist classic Olson III.

Workshops are open to singers and instrumentalists of all abilities aged 16+, and will explore the music of Howard Skempton and James Weeks, the relationship between sound and silence in music, partsongs and CoMA Open Scores. More information on how to sign up for workshops can be found on Sage Gateshead’s website.

Tickets are available for individual events, or you can purchase festival tickets for Friday night and Sunday daytime events. Discounted prices are available for students/unemployed. Saturday events are free but ticketed.

Full information and tickets available at or from their Box Office in person or on 0191 443 4661.



For further information, interviews, review tickets or images please contact:

Abi Groocock, Classical Marketing Coordinator, Sage Gateshead

  1. [email protected] T. 0191 443 4630 M. 07736 833 468


Notes to editors:

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Lars Vogt Music Director
Julian Rachlin Principal Guest Conductor
Thomas Zehetmair Conductor Laureate
Karin Hendrickson Assistant Conductor, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Music Director, Young Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a worldwide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences.


The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the region at major festivals, including the BBC Proms, most recently performing Handel’s Water Music at [email protected] in Hull – the first Prom performed outside of London since 1930. They appear frequently at venues and festivals in Europe, and in recent seasons have toured to Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul and Tokyo.


RNS has always been actively involved in local communities and in education. This season the orchestra will perform across the region in Kendal, Middlesbrough, Carlisle, Berwick and Sunderland, and will once again take their Christmas by Candlelight tour to regional churches. Musicians support young people learning musical instruments through Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training and through the In Harmony project.

Sage Gateshead is an international music centre and renowned conference and event venue located in the North East of England. It is for artists, for audiences and for the North.

Every year it welcomes more than two million visitors. More than 400 concerts featuring all kinds of local, regional and international music, take place all year round. Music-making and learning activity takes place not only in the building but across the region, with 190,000 people of all ages taking part in over 10,000 music classes and workshops.

The iconic building, designed by renowned architects Foster + Partners, is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia and is a place where emerging artists are nurtured through dedicated programmes and festivals.

As a charity, the support it receives helps to ensure everyone in the community can experience the joys of music.