• Sage Gateshead reveals the next four concerts in its first season of 2021, New Beginnings
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia shares first concert with music selected by players from the orchestra and John Wilson returns
  • Sage Gateshead supports musicians from the North East to get back on stage and get audiences dancing in their houses
  • Tickets on-sale now, and live streams are available to watch for 48 hours after broadcast
  • New partnership with Blacks Corner offers audiences a unique dining package to add to their at-home streaming experience
  • New Beginnings season: https://sagegateshead.com/seasons/new-beginnings/

Sage Gateshead is delighted to share the line-up for the next four concerts in its opening season of 2021, New Beginnings. These upcoming concerts remain live streamed from Sage Gateshead and available to audiences online.

The four Friday nights alternate contemporary music with performances by Royal Northern Sinfonia, the orchestra of Sage Gateshead.

Supporting artists from the North East to get back on stage, Sage Gateshead welcomes Smoove & Turrell on Friday 7 May. Streamed directly into living rooms, Turrell’s conscious lyricism and Smoove’s impeccable production embody old-school influences in a band looking to the future.

Fresh takes and inspiring ideas are at the heart of the New Beginnings series, and on Friday 14 May Royal Northern Sinfonia returns to the stage with a programme selected by members of the orchestra for the first time. Selecting work that contrasts with Piazzolla’s sultry tango-infused Four Seasons the programme showcases individual talents within the orchestra and shines a light on underrepresented composers.

Sage Gateshead’s Sage Sessions usually fill YouTube with sets by brilliant emerging artists from across the north, filmed in hidden corners of the iconic building. For New Beginnings Sage Sessions is going LIVE from the stage at Sage One on Friday 21 May, where two solo artists perform a feast of ambient and alternative music, visuals and movement.

Dyskinetic is the musical adventures of singer/songwriter Kris Halpin. A disabled musician, Kris uses Imogen Heap’s ground-breaking MiMu Gloves to create music in the space between electronic and rock using hand gestures and futuristic technology. SL Walkinshaw is an emerging artist, musician and composer known as one half of Tyneside experimental duo Ten Sticks. Stuart’s debut solo album, Tape/String, was released in April, using field recordings, analogue ambience and acoustic instruments to create an ambient soundscape that at once feels familiar and new.

A hot, sultry summer’s evening in small town America is evoked by Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915, the centrepiece of a programme that points the way to warmer, longer days in RNS’s concert on Friday 28 May. John Wilson’s Summer Songs sees Gateshead-born and RNS regular John Wilson joining the orchestra to conduct works by Delius, Richard Rodney Bennett, Copland and of course Barber.

The season will continue until 25 June with further announcements of programme to come.

Abigail Pogson, Managing Director of Sage Gateshead said, “We are thrilled to be announcing our second set of New Beginnings gigs. I am particularly happy that they feature the North East’s own – John Wilson, Smoove and Turrell, Royal Northern Sinfonia – alongside a Sage Gateshead debut for Kris Halpin. It’s going to be a musically thrilling series. We know from the events we’ve done so far that musicians are really enjoying getting back to music making and live gigs and we are so happy to have music again on Sage Gateshead stages.

Thanks to everyone who has joined us online for the beginning of the series. We really hope that we’ll soon be able to invite you back into the building for the next part of this series. Until then, join us online for this brilliant group of musicians.”

Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Blacks Corner offering concert bookers the option to add a unique dining package to their at-home streaming experience. Blacks Corner are a locally based independent deli and restaurant offering a range of top-quality products. Sage Gateshead customers will be able to choose from a selection of hampers, designed exclusively for Sage Gateshead’s streamed concerts, delivered to their door before their concert. Each hamper contains a selection of British cheese and charcuterie paired with the choice of wine or juice, and comes with a selection of accompaniments. Prices start from £37.50 and booking opens at the start of next week at https://blackscorner.co.uk/ Hampers need to be booked by 10pm on a Tuesday for delivery that Friday, delivery available across the UK.