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Sage Gateshead



RNS: Beethoven 'Emperor' Concerto

RNS Emperor

Part of Sage Live 2020

Please note there will be no interval and this performance will last approximately 60-70 minutes.

Tickets are now off sale for this event, however, live stream passes can still be purchased.


Concert £5-33 (Concessions Available); Live Stream £8

Click below to see everything you need to know ahead of your visit, including arrival times
4pm 7.30pm

📺 To access the live stream, please log into your account and click ‘My Live Streams’.

Lars Vogt director/piano
Royal Northern Sinfonia

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
Kristina Arakelyan Fantasia on a theme by Ludwig van Beethoven (World Premiere – Sage Gateshead commission)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’

Fans of RNS will know that our closing concert last season was due to include Lars Vogt saying his farewell as Music Director of the orchestra with a performance of Beethoven’s mighty ‘Emperor’ concerto. The concert was sadly cancelled, so we are thrilled to welcome him for these two performances as part of our Sage Live 2020 season. If you want to have a go at playing the ‘Emperor’ yourself check out our interactive score at Or if you just want to relax and listen, book now to hear Lars perform, alongside music by Mendelssohn and Kristina Arakelyan, one of our Young Composer Competition winners last season.

For Covid safety reasons we will not have printed programmes available on the night. Please download and read the concert programme in advance or print your own to bring with you. Download Programme.

If you would like more information about attending one of our concerts please see What to expect when you visit us and our FAQs.

Pre-concert performance

As well as the concert in Sage One, we will also be offering free chamber music on our Concourse before each show, performed by musicians from RNS. If you would like to come along please make sure you book a table, where you will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy a drink while you listen.

Please note, there are a limited number of tables available, which must be booked at the same time as your ticket. For your safety, we will be running table service only – all of our usual café and bar areas will be closed.

Try our Interactive Score

Always wanted to be a concert pianist? Now is your chance! Play along with Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ concerto with our interactive score as part of RNS Inside Story.

Try Now

Ticket Offer

A limited number of free tickets are available if you live in Gateshead and have never been to a concert before. Health & Social Care Workers can also benefit from free tickets on production of appropriate ID on the night. Please note both offers are only available by telephone on 0191 443 4661. £5 tickets are available for those unemployed or under 30. This offer is available online or by phone.