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Virtual Sing at Sage Gateshead
In normal, non-pandemic times, the Music Education Centre inside Sage Gateshead is a busy hub of daily activity. For members of the Silver Programme classes for people over the age of 50, it’s also been a place for making friendships as well as music. We Zoom-called Silver programme member Christine Ogg to see how she’s been adapting, now that her choir practices are being held online.
An interview with Abigail Pogson
An interview with Abigail Pogson by Sage Gateshead
An interview with Lanterns on the Lake
Some of the north east’s best and most critically acclaimed artists will be headlining performances at Sage Gateshead over the next few weeks, as it welcomes back audiences for the first time since lockdown.
Kathryn Tickell, Richard Dawson and the Royal Northern Sinfonia are just some of the big names on the Sage Live 2020 series of live gigs and concerts in front of a socially distanced audience inside Sage Gateshead.
And so too is Newcastle’s Lanterns on the Lake, who will be performing their Mercury-nominated album Spook the Herd for the very first time.
We spoke to the band’s guitarist and producer, Paul Gregory, about why this year has been a particularly bizarre one for him, the band’s vocalist Hazel Wilde… and their baby daughter.
Backstage Episode #42: Sage Live 2020
The long wait is almost over. Seven drawn-out months after lockdown restrictions forced it to close, Sage Gateshead is about to open its doors and arms again, to artists and audiences.
This weekend sees the beginning of Sage Live 2020, a seven-week series of live performances in front of socially-distanced audiences inside the Sage Gateshead building, gigs and concerts which will also be live streamed.
So, in this episode we speak to Paul Gregory of Mercury nominated Lanterns on the Lake – one of the artists appearing in this new series of performances.
We hear from Sage Gateshead managing director Abigail Pogson as she describes how she’s steering the organisation through these challenging times.
And have a Zoom call – what else – with a keen singer who now Zooms to choir practice each week with the Virtual Sing course, part of Sage Gateshead’s new Make Music Virtual programme of online classes.
Backstage Episode #41: Artist in Residence Rapasa Otieno
A passion for preserving the local indigenous music of western Kenya has brought vocalist and nyatiti player Rapasa Otieno to the north east of England where he is one of Sage Gateshead’s four artists-in-residence. Rapasa, who released his debut album Tipona earlier this year, introduces us to the nyatiti instrument and explains what he hopes to gain from his residency.
Backstage Episode #40: Artist in Residence Man Power
He’s spent the last seven years touring the world, gaining an international reputation as house music DJ and record producer Man Power. But Geoff Kirkwood has now returned to the north east to be one of Sage Gateshead’s four artists-in residence with an ambitious project that involves orchestras, traditional Japanese singers and a couple of car factories.