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Sage Gateshead launches its first Make Music lessons of 2021

Posted on 14 December 2020


New for 2021 – Virtuition!

Sage Gateshead’s popular music classes return in 2021, continuing their successful transfer to online delivery.

The classes are fun, relaxing and welcoming, and are an opportunity for people to come together and share in music over the dark winter months of the year.

There are options for young and old alike.

13 Adult Classes run weekly across morning, afternoon and evening, and include different singing, ukulele and guitar options in all kinds of music.

Whether you are an adult beginner or have some experience already, there are options for all abilities. The classes are also a great way to meet new people. Classes begin on 11th January, are one hour long and £5 each or £22.50 for a block of five.

Virtuition is Make Music’s brand-new online learning on demand. It is the chance to learn an instrument at your own pace using a series of virtual music tutorials where experienced music tutors will guide you through the basics, build your confidence and give you the tools to take your playing to the next level.

Each Virtuition package is £20 and includes 6 tutorial videos. You can watch each tutorial as many times as you want and at your own pace. So, if you are ready to embark on your musical journey at a pace that suits you, then this is the perfect option. The first 2 packages available are Absolute Beginner Ukulele and Absolute Beginner Guitar, with others to follow later in 2021.

Two classes each week are designed with 0-5 year-olds in mind where children can play, sing and dance with live musicians and grownups can take away ideas for continuing with music at home. These classes teach the foundations of music while children make new friends in this shared experience. Classes begin on 13 January, are 1 hour long and cost £3 each.

Wendy Smith, Director of Creative Learning at Sage Gateshead said: “At Sage Gateshead we want to make sure that everyone can get involved in all kinds of music through learning an instrument and making music together. These classes are a lot of fun and a great chance to meet others. We know music can help to improve health and well-being, we have seen first-hand the way it can help people to improve their physical, emotional and mental health. In the winter months when days are short, it’s important to look after our health, find ways to socialise, get creative, keep energised and raise our spirits, and these classes can help us do that.”

Classes go on sale today, 14 December 2020 at 12pm

View the full class listings here.


For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Jackie Thompson, Marketing & Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
E: [email protected]

  • Since opening 15 years ago, Sage Gateshead has worked side by side with partners and the wider community to help address the complex blend of social and economic challenges the region faces.
  • Sage Gateshead continues to be major employer and has brought investment and tourism into the region, generating c. £500 million contribution to the local economy.
  • More importantly, Sage Gateshead has brought social, cultural and educational value to over 10 million people and millions more via digital and broadcast activity.
  • Last year Sage Gateshead attracted 2 million visitors; 5,000 people took part in weekly music classes; 17,854 school children experienced live orchestral music and we worked with a further 2,418 vulnerable young people; more than 2,000 adults a week took part in music making designed to tackle social isolation.
  • The North East region is one of the worst affected by Covid-19. The region will be one where the recovery is slow and hard. Arts and culture have a pivotal role to play in regional and nation-wide recovery.
  • Covid-19 presents a major financial challenge to Sage Gateshead, the iconic Foster + Partners designed NE landmark.  80% of its income has been affected, and in 2020-21 £10 million in revenue will be lost. The organisation has taken swift action to overcome this crisis, but further challenges lie ahead. 90% of the workforce has been on furlough, significant cost savings have been sought and found, and its fundraising campaign aims to raise £3 million to help secure the organisation during the next three years. However, income levels are likely to be drastically reduced well into next year, and so the charity is redoubling its fundraising efforts.
  • Arts and Culture in the North East had a turnover of £400 million, providing employment for 2,450 people in 2016 (last year for which figures are available)
  • Performing arts accounted for 33% (i.e. >£133 million) and 700 jobs
  • Gross Value Added of arts and culture sector to the NE is £203 million