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An update from Sage Gateshead and what's on this summer

Posted on 13 July 2021


Following the government’s recent announcements, we are thrilled to continue working towards welcoming our audiences back for a new season of music starting in September 2021. In the meantime, we’ll have a busy summer of outdoor performances, music classes, exciting improvements to our Sage One hall, and more.

The safety of our audiences, artists and staff will remain a top priority; we’ll always ensure you can have a safe and enjoyable visit at Sage Gateshead, in line with government guidance and best practice. Full details of all our autumn plans will be announced in August.

From September, you will be able to experience live music and music-making in our world-class venue. We already have a range of gigs on sale including John Grant, The Rheingans Sisters and GoGo Penguin – to name just a few! We’ll also build on our popular live streamed concert series and will regularly stream world class music for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

We’ve just announced our autumn term of Make Music classes and workshops. Our weekly classes offer something for everyone – from guitar and ukulele to singing and early years – with sessions for all abilities. We’ll also continue with selected virtual classes ensuring people can continue to benefit from online music-making. If you can’t wait, our summer term continues online this week with a range of one-off classes; master the art of the ukulele or guitar, join a choir singing the iconic theme songs from the James Bond films or bring the whole family together for our summer family uke band.

Royal Northern Sinfonia is also busy preparing for its new season, with the opening concert taking place on 18 September. Sage Gateshead’s resident orchestra will embark on a new era with the appointment of their new leader, violinist Maria Włoszczowska, under the baton of newly appointed Principal Conductor Designate Dinis Sousa. Full details will be announced on 27 July. If you want to be the first to hear about the new season, please sign up to our newsletter.

The orchestra and chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia will also be popping up for a series of free outdoor performances across Gateshead, Newcastle, and Tyneside throughout July and August. The programme will include classical favourites you’ll know and love, as well as plenty to discover. Keep an eye on our website here for more details!

The orchestra are also busy recording new digital content to launch in September and further developing RNS Moves, our inclusive ensemble. The People’s Requiem project is with amateur musicians preparing is preparing to showcase the operatic drama, religious grandiosity and powerful emotion of Verdi’s Requiem alongside Royal Northern Sinfonia and Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia in November.

Meanwhile, musicians from our Young Musicians Programme will play together and present their end-of-year concert from Sage One later this month; we’re continuing to support Early Years teachers through an online MC2 conference; a new cohort of artists across all genres will get access to rehearsal space, resources and professional advice as part of our Summer Studios in August; and Music Spark, our music training programme for young people and adults with additional needs, bring a fun-filled evening of music and dance in their summer show.

Finally, our Sage One hall will have a new seating system installed this summer to make it fit for standing gigs when we return to concerts playing to full houses from September. This marks the completion of our capital project which began in 2019 with funding from the National Lottery and Arts Council England which has enabled us to make vital improvements to our building and facilities.

The Covid-19 crisis presents Sage Gateshead with an ongoing financial challenge. We have largely been closed for over a year, with 80% of our income affected. The financial and operational challenges continue but we would not be here without the incredible support of all of those who have donated to our Crisis, Recovery and Renaissance fundraising campaign in the past year.  Every ticket top-up, every member signing up, every person donating, every corporate contribution and every message of support makes a huge difference.

We want to rebuild live music in our region and ensure music is part of everybody’s recovery. We can’t do this alone and hope you will help us to make a difference to the future of live music in the North East. Find out more about our fundraising campaign here and make a donation. Thank you.

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Thank you to those who are making it happen

We couldn’t do any of this without the support of audiences, local businesses and philanthropic institutions. The pandemic has left a devastating impact – on people’s health and wellbeing, on the lives of young people and those who are most vulnerable, on communities, on jobs and on Sage Gateshead. Through our 2020-23 Crisis, Recovery and Renaissance campaign, we aim to place music at the heart of everybody’s recovery, and support artists, young people and communities through and beyond the initial crisis. If you’d like to support our campaign and help us raise £1 million this year, find out more here.