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Sage Gateshead

Saturday 16 July 2022   |   10:00am

MASTERCLASS: A Brief History of Classical Music


This masterclass takes place in the building.


Tickets – £32.00

Why does Bach sound different to Tchaikovsky? How did Beethoven manage to write music if he was deaf? Who invented music notation and what on Earth does it have to do with Julie Andrews? And just how big is an Orchestra?

Join Stephen Waller – Director of Music at Newcastle Prep School – on a musical journey through the History of Classical Music to hear answers to these burning questions and more …

Last delivered at Sage Gateshead in 2019 to rave reviews, Stephen is returning to entertain and enthral once more in this fact-filled (mammoth) lecture. So, whether you’re new to Classical Music or a life-long fan, this whistle-stop tour will delight everyone.

Known for his light-hearted, jargon-free approach, Stephen will take you on a time travelling adventure of the past 1500 years of glorious music (he’s promised us you’ll be back in time for tea).

This relaxed day is certain to be lots of fun and will include regular breaks and time for lunch. It will be presented in an informal setting – so bring some snacks and a drink (or your knitting …)

All attendees will receive a free History of Classical Music booklet, written by Stephen, complete with suggested listening for each composer and period – you’re welcome to add your own notes too. There may even be prizes up for grabs – oooh!

Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
PS – don’t bring your knitting!

Booking Information

Music Leader: Stephen Waller
Ability: All
Where: Sage Gateshead, Music Education Centre
When: Saturday 16 July | 10am – 5pm


Saturday 16 July 2022