"Its going to be awesome to be doing a tour where the challenge isnt to do as much new stuff as possible, but just to do the best set, with the best songs from any point in my career."
- One of the UK’s most successful singer-songwriters of this millennium, Newton Faulkner
- Katherine Jenkins, the world’s most prolific artist in UK Classical chart history
- Veteran of folk legends Bellowhead, artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, and founder of instrumental trio Leveret, Sam Sweeney
Newton Faulkner plus support
Monday 29 April, 7pm, Sage One
Celebrating the release of his ‘Best Of’ album.
Newton says: “It’s going to be awesome to be doing a tour where the challenge isn’t to do as much new stuff as possible, but just to do the best set, with the best songs from any point in my career.”
Throughout Newton Faulkner’s immensely successful career he has sold more than 1.5 million records with 180 million streams, making him one of the UK’s most successful singer-songwriters of this millennium.
This year Faulkner has also taken to the stage performing as The Sung Thoughts of the Journalist in Jeff Wayne’s UK Arena tour of The War of the Worlds.
An Evening with Katherine Jenkins
Tuesday 30 April, 7pm, Sage One
Cherished as one of Britain’s all-time favourite singers, last year Katherine was officially crowned the No.1 selling ‘Classical Music Artist of the Last 25 Years’ by Classic FM, and made chart history when her last album, Celebration, became her 12th UK Classical No.1 album in 12 years. These record-breaking achievements cemented Katherine’s position as the world’s most prolific artist in UK Classical chart history.
Katherine is touring her new album, Guiding Light, joined by one of the UK’s most versatile orchestras, The London Concert Orchestra, under Musical Director Anthony Inglis, for the majority of the tour. The orchestra can be heard regularly at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. The London Concert Orchestra has worked with Katherine for the last two years in her series of hugely popular Christmas concerts.
Newcastle Chamber Music Society
Martin? String Quartet
Wednesday 1 May, 7.30pm, Sage Two
- Haydn Quartet in B minor Op.64 No.2
- Janá?ek Quartet No.2 ‘Intimate Letters’
- Dvo?ák Quartet in G Op.106
Formed in 1976, the Martin? Quartet is steeped in the Czech tradition and will bring both authority and passion to Janá?ek’s deeply personal work depicting his love for a younger woman, and to Dvo?ák’s final quartet which contains one of his most profound slow movements.
Transformations: Newcastle Poetry Festival
Thursday 2 May, 7pm, Sage Two
Inspired by Norwegian folklorist Arne Bjørndal’s visit to Shetland in 1949, Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey joins forces with Shetland fiddler and composer, Catriona Macdonald, to explore, through a complex interweaving of voice and music, ideas of tradition, the dynamics of archives, and our connection to the past.
Catriona Macdonald is senior lecturer and Degree Programme Director of the BA in Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University. She currently performs with her own band, as well as with international fiddle band String Sisters whose latest album is Between Wind and Water.
Sinéad Morrissey is the author of six poetry collections. On Balance won the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Her other awards include the T S Eliot Prize and the E M Forster Award. She is Director of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts at Newcastle University.
Brecht Then & Now
Poet David Constantine and translator Tom Kuhn present the life and times of the great German writer Berthold Brecht in an electric performance fusing poems, narration, songs, music and photographs. Focusing on the years 1922-1933, they trace the vagaries of the Weimar Republic and the Rise of National Socialism through the lens of Brecht’s poetry, translated into English for the first time as a complete edition (Norton, 2018).
David Constantine taught German at Oxford for over 30 years. He has published a dozen volumes of poetry, including Madder, Watching for Dolphins, Caspar Hauser, The Pelt of Wasps, Something for the Ghosts, Collected Poems, Nine Fathom Deep and Elder, as well as two novels, Davies and The Life-Writer, and five collections of short stories.
Tom Kuhn teaches German language and literature at Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St Hugh’s College. As well as co-translating The Collected Poems of Berthold Brecht with David Constantine, he is also the series editor of the principal English-language edition of Brecht’s plays and other writings with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.
Gondwana 10: Mammal Hands, Matthew Halsall, Noya Rao + More
Friday 3 May, 7.30pm, Sage Two & Northern Rock Foundation Hall
A mini-festival celebrating 10 years of one of the UK’s finest jazz labels.
Tonight’s very special show features performances from established stars alongside exciting new talent as Gondwana Records takes over one of the UK’s most iconic venues.
Featuring live performances from:
- Mammal Hands + Noya Rao + Caoilfhionn Rose + Hania Rani
- Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra
- DJ sets from Sunda Arc, Matthew Halsall + Kerstan (Gondwana)
Founded in 2008, by Manchester-based trumpeter, composer and producer Matthew Halsall, Gondwana Records, turned 10 last autumn. Originally founded to shine a light on the Manchester scene, Gondwana Records is one of the UKs most influential jazz (and beyond) record labels, launching GoGo Penguin on the world and now home to an international roster featuring artists from as far afield as Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.
Featuring the ethereal folk and trance influenced Mammal Hands from Norwich, powerful electro-soul outfit Noya Rao from Leeds and a rare performance from Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra performing his trademark rain-streaked spiritual jazz from Manchester. Rising-star singer-songwriter Caoilfhionn (pronounced Keelin) Rose from Manchester and Polish piano sensation Hania Rani perform compositions inspired by Icelandic landscapes and the Polish Bieszczady mountains.
Classical Season 2018/19 | RNS at Home
Friday 3 May, 7.30pm, Sage One
- Kristiina Poska conductor
- Viktoria Mullova violin
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
- Erkki-Sven Tüür Lighthouse
- Arvo Pärt Darf ich…
- Arvo Pärt Passacaglia
- Arvo Pärt Fratres
- Sibelius Valse Triste
- Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op.83a
Light and shadows: Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony Op.83a is the uncompromising testimony of a composer living under tyranny. A full-blooded musical plea for tolerance, there’s no way to follow it – so the orchestra begins with three composers with a gift for capturing that unmistakable northern light.
Classical Season 2018/19 | Classics 4 Kids
Classics 4 Kids: Northern Lights
Saturday 4 May, 2pm, Sage One
- Rachel Leach presenter
- Royal Northern Sinfonia
Bring your youngsters to hear music by Sibelius, Grieg and others from the Baltic region – including Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King.
Join us on the Concourse from 1.15pm onwards for some free fun activities, including making your own Northern Lights Sun Catcher at our craft table and a chance to meet members of RNS to try out some instruments.
Suitable for ages 5+ but everyone welcome.
Folkworks: Sam Sweeney The Unfinished Violin
Saturday 4 May, 8pm, Sage Two
Violin music inspired by Great War.
A veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music, Sam Sweeney releases his first solo album, The Unfinished Violin.
Inspired by his violin, carved but never finished by Richard Howard in 1915, Sam Sweeney has created a live show and album of instrumental music inspired by the Great War.
An expansion and development of his acclaimed live show Made In The Great War, The Unfinished Violin centres on a fiddle the 19-year-old Sweeney came across in violin maker Roger Claridge’s shop in Oxford, made but not assembled by one Richard S Howard of Harehills, Leeds, in 1915. Claridge had come by it at auction, in pieces, in an old manila envelope, put it together and put it on sale. It’s the instrument Sweeney has used for numerous albums and countless gigs, and in time he set about digging into its history, and uncovered the fateful tale of Richard Howard, a music hall performer called up in 1916 to the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment to fight and lose his life in the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917.
Anglo Concertina player Rob Harbron, guitarist Jack Rutter, double bassist Ben Nicholls appear with Sam on The Unfinished Violin.
Folkworks: Amy Thatcher
Sunday 5 May, 8pm, Sage Two
Amy Thatcher is a professional accordionist based in the North East of England. Her reputation as one of the UK’s leading folk accordionists, both as a performer and composer, is garnered from working with luminaries such as Kathryn Tickell, Sting and Royal Northern Sinfonia, The Shee and Monster Ceilidh Band.
Her exceptional accordion playing has taken her across the world from The Royal Albert Hall to the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia, performing with small instrumental groups to full orchestras. She has a diverse range of musical influences and experiences, including contemporary avant-garde composer Terry Riley’s compositions to a hugely successful Leonard Cohen Tribute tour.
In 2009 Amy had the pleasure of collaborating with Sting on his Winter Song book and DVD, and contributed to his musical Broadway show, The Last Ship.
2019 is going to be an exciting year for Amy as it sees the release of her debut album Solo, featuring her own compositions, played on solo accordion.
Amy will also be appearing on Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening’s first album. This exciting new ‘world music’ sextet also features Cormac Byrne on percussion, Kate Young on vocals and fiddle amongst others.
Tees Valley Youth Orchestra - 50th Anniversary Gala Concert
Sunday 5 May, 7.30pm, Sage One
- David Kendall
- Chris Ouvry-Johns
- Nicholas Nowicki
- Mussorgsky arr. Rimsky-Korsakov Night on bare mountain
- Wagner Prelude to “Die Meistersinger”
- Borodin Polovtsian dances
- Elgar Pomp and Circumstance march no.4
- Mahler Symphony no.1 in D major
Tees Valley Youth Orchestra returns to Sage Gateshead to celebrate 50 years of high-quality orchestral playing with a celebratory Gala Concert.
Featuring the current Carnegie Hall-bound orchestra and plenty of former members, this is an evening not to be missed.