What's on this summer
We are focused on gradually and safely bringing music back into our halls and rehearsal rooms, amidst ongoing financial challenges for our charity and in what continue to be uncertain times for everybody. We also know that our Digital Stage, online classes and resources have reached hundreds of thousands of people all over the North East – and the world! – so while our building remains closed to the public, we will continue to make and share music online.
In the second half of June, our New Beginnings concert series continues with the legendary Jazz Jamaica (18 June) and Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by Principal Conductor Designate Dinis Sousa (25 June).
On 19 and 20 June, Me Lost Me, Holly Clarke, Joe Snape and Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno will take to the stage as part of our In Residence Weekend, bringing us the tale of a music-lover’s encounter with amnesia, traditional music from Kenya blended with folk sounds, electronic art-pop inspired by future ecosystems, and traditional ballads in exclusive new arrangements for a large ensemble.
For these live events, the safety of our audiences, artists and staff is our number one priority, and so we will maintain social distancing (more info here). We will continue to live stream these concerts for those who want to join us virtually from the comfort of their own home.
We will also host the final two days of a Brighter Sound residency for young women, trans and non-binary musicians in July, led by our Artist In Residence Me Lost Me; and we’ll premiere ConunDrums, a digital-only, six-part concert series which will explore our world through percussion music and discussion – a feast for the ears and mind.
Royal Northern Sinfonia will be keeping busy as well. The orchestra will pop up for outdoor concerts in Newcastle and Gateshead in July, while recording new digital content to launch in September and further developing RNS Moves, our inclusive ensemble. The People’s Requiem project is going full steam ahead with amateur musicians preparing to perform 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, we will broadcast a Big Sing concert for schools around the theme of climate change in June; young musicians from our Centre for Advanced Training will play together again and record their end-of-year concert from Sage One early July; 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 Make Music and VirTuition, our programme of music classes and groups, continues online until July.
Finally, our Sage One hall will have a new seating system installed to make it fit for standing gigs. We then hope to return to concerts playing to full houses from September, and alongside our region’s flagship orchestra Royal Northern Sinfonia, we can’t wait to welcome John Grant, The Rheingans Sisters and GoGo Penguin – to name just a few!
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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.