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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN SAGE GATESHEAD’S NEW CLASSICAL SEASON

Posted on 13 June 2019

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Media Release: June 13th 2019

A bumper, new classical season packed with popular music and film scores, alongside classical greats goes on sale at Sage Gateshead this weekend.

E.T. (December 1) and The Snowman (December 22 – 24) will all be shown on a large HD screen while Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) play the soundtrack live in the magnificent Sage One concert hall.

Ahead of Episode IX hitting the big screens this Christmas, RNS and the Chorus of RNS will bring ‘the force’ to Sage One on November 2 and 3 with a Star Wars Spectacular, performing John Williams’ scores from the whole saga so far.

Continuing the film theme, Hollywood Heroes on February 29 is a salute to the biggest and boldest heroes of the silver screen. RNS and maestro Stephen Bell pay tribute to Superman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and more in this live, full symphonic concert.

The Music of Elton John will be performed on March 28, hot off the back of epic new biographical movie ‘Rocketman’ and celebrating 50 years of Sir Elton in the music business.

At Christmas The Great White Way comes to Sage Gateshead with musical hits that have put Broadway on the map. Christmas on Broadway will be performed on December 19 by RNS and four leading musical theatre soloists and will include hits from Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and The Sound of Music.

Embracing the change of decade will be ‘Welcome to the Roaring Twenties’, two RNS concerts exploring the wonderful music of the 1920s, featuring Walton’s Façade (January 10) and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (January 17).

There’s plenty for families with younger children too, with the orchestra’s popular Classics 4 Kids concerts on October 12 and February 8 and Baby Sinfonia concerts for tiny ones throughout the season.

The full classical season, which runs from September 2019 to June 2020 caters for all tastes, from a Big Beethoven Weekend (marking 250 years since his birth) to chart-topping violinist Nicola Benedetti, from Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2 to minimalist music at Wylam Brewery.

General on sale tickets are available from Saturday June 15.

For more information visit sagegateshead.com/classical

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For further information, interviews or images please contact:

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

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 world-wide 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 the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms, this year performing Handel’s Water Music at The Stage @ the Dock 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 worked with many international conductors and soloists including Christian Tetzlaff, Sir Roger Norrington and Jessica Cottis and collaborated with leading popular voices such as Sting, Ben Folds, John Grant and Mercury Rev.
RNS has commissioned new music by David Lang and Errollyn Wallen amongst others and runs an annual Young Composers Competition.
RNS has always been actively involved in local communities and in education. Musicians support young people learning musical instruments through Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training and through In Harmony, an immersive orchestral music-making programme for children and young people in the West End of Newcastle.
For more info visit www.sagegateshead.com

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.

www.sagegateshead.com

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