Looking to the future
A Future for Live Music in The North East is a campaign created by Sage Gateshead in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign is about involving you, our audience, in a conversation about how we shape the long-term future of music and the future of Sage Gateshead.
The campaign also aims to raise £3 million in three years to help us meet this challenge, allowing us to serve communities and audiences in the North East and wider North for the long term. You can find out more about our Crisis, Recovery and Renaissance Fundraising Campaign here.
We are regularly contacting our audience to ask their views on a range of topics, and are encouraging responses in any format; words, pictures, music and more. Here, we present the responses we have received.
A Future for Live Music in the North East is...
…a subject very dear to my heart. We in the North are immensely privileged in being able to enjoy the many musical delights offered by Sage Gateshead and I should like to make a plea on behalf of all those older people who, like me, have benefited from the Silver Programme.Read more
“There are so many; it is difficult to put them into a brief summary. As well as the large number of concerts I have enjoyed in this wonderful music venue, the main thing that springs to my mind is the opportunity that Sage Gateshead has given me to get much more involved in creating and making music.”Read more
… essential as it provides solace in times of grief, joy in times of celebration. It brings people together to relive memories and produce new ones – it feeds the soul.
How has the absence of music affected you, and how you have filled the gap it left behind?
I’ve missed the live performances but replaced them by revisiting my CD collection and dusting off albums not played for years. This has brought back memories (good and bad) associated with the time I was playing them first time out and led me to a deeper appreciation of some artists I’d neglected of late. I’ve also found myself listening more closely to the lyrics and found a new relevance to today’s weird ‘new’ world. Uplifting and calming to find that music persists despite everything.
It’s been one of the most upsetting aspects of the pandemic for me – it’s music that lifts my mood whenever I feel down – nothing can replace being in a hall for a live performance whether to hear familiar pieces or something new. I had so many events booked and each time I find them listed in my diary it’s a real blow.
There has to be live music again at Sage Gateshead as well as in all the other halls around the country.