Make Music Your New Year’s Resolution
Music participants at Sage Gateshead are urging others to start the New Year by taking up an instrument or singing.
Kaye joined Sage Gateshead’s Absolute Beginner Saxophone class in January 2018 and has since progressed to ‘Beginner Saxophone – Next Steps’.
She said: “I really love learning the sax, the class is great fun, with a fabulous group of people of all ages and abilities.
“You are made to feel really welcome and the group is really friendly. Playing the sax is fun and enjoyable. It is one of my favourite times of the week.”
Over 100 different music classes take place each week for all abilities, from all kinds of string, wind, percussion and folk instruments as well as many choirs.
In addition to the evening programme of adult classes, Sage Gateshead’s much-loved Silver Programme, open to anyone over the age of 50, consists of a huge range of daytime musical activities in a friendly and supportive environment.
Silver Programme participant, Richard Groves has been coming to Sage Gateshead for several years. He said the welcoming and relaxed venue was the perfect place to meet fellow participants.
“For 40 years I did nothing more than listen to music and it wasn’t until I came to the Silver Programme things really started to change,” he added.
“Suddenly there were opportunities to listen to all kinds of music and to do things without any pressure which was great after retiring from work.
“The most important thing is that I’ve got a fuller social life than I can ever imagine now through meeting people here, and it’s something I thought would never happen once I’d left work.
“Being a member of the Silver Programme has given me the opportunity to fulfil a lifelong ambition of playing in a band and has given me the confidence I need in lots of ways, not just in music.”
Naomi Burgess, Public Engagement Manager at Sage Gateshead, said: “If you’re looking for a new year’s resolution that will last for 2020 then why not choose music and join a music-making class at Sage Gateshead?
“Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, wanting to develop an existing skill or just get back into something you haven’t done for a while – whatever the reason – it’s never too late to get into music, fulfil your potential and have fun. The new term starts next week with classes starting from Monday 6 January.
“If you’re not sure where to start, the ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to learn. With just four strings you can pick up simple cords and be playing some of your favourite songs in just a couple of lessons.”
Spring term starts from Monday 6 January.
Visit sagegateshead.com to view the full range of classes and workshops available and resolve to get musical in 2020! Classes can be booked in person at Sage Gateshead, by phone on 0191 443 4661 or online at sagegateshead.com
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Gaynor Ellis, PR and Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
- E. [email protected] T. 0191 443 4690
Emily Taylor, PR and Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
- E. [email protected] T. 0191 443 4617 M. 07793 762 879
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.
Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk