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The Sage Gateshead

What we do
As a home for music and musical discovery, The Sage Gateshead offers both performance and participation projects.

Hear it Live
Performances for all tastes – popular, jazz, world, classical, dance, brass bands, experimental, folk and traditional and more.
There are concerts at different times of day – in the evening, late at night, mornings, and at lunch time. Concert tickets are available from £7 for most performances and can be booked online.

Join in and Make Music
Our extensive Join In and Make Music programme enables everyone of every age or ability to become involved in music. It covers early years, work with schools, vocal and instrumental learning, professional learning, community music, Further and Higher Education, and professional development. In addition to the work in The Sage Gateshead itself 70% of the work of this programme takes place in the communities we serve! Activities take place across all10,000 square miles of the Northern region; nationally, and internationally.
Since opening in 2004 we have provided music-making sessions to over a million people in more than 1,000 places across North East England, reaching another million learnersthroughout the country through three national music education partnerships – making ours (we believe) the largest music learning and training programme delivered by a single institution anywhere in the world!

  • You can learn and take part in music making – whatever your age or ability.
  • You can have a go and learn to sing or play from scratch, or develop your existing skills.
  • There are daytime and evening classes, summer schools, after school activities and weekend workouts.

Festivals
We hold many festivals giving you the opportunity to see great acts and also join-in the music making around a particular theme. These include:

  • Gateshead International Jazz Festival – annually in March
  • Folkworks Fiddles on Fire – biennially in April
  • Folkworks Hexham Gathering – annually in May
  • SummerTyne Americana Festival – annually in July
  • Folkworks Summer Schools – annually in August
  • Folkworks Durham Gathering – annually in August
  • Classical Season – all year round incorporating Summer Chamber Series, Recital Series, The Late Mix, The Classic FM Concert Series,
    Subscription Series, Up Close and Classical, Chamber Music, and more.

Eat and Drink
There is a café, a brasserie and four bars you can use without having to buy a concert ticket. We serve food and drinks of all sorts – from real ale to mineral water, from baguettes to smoked salmon; all competitively priced.

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2014  on Tue, 25/02/2014 - 10:39  PDF version
Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2014 Friday 4th - Sunday 6th April 2014.   This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the UK’s biggest jazz festival under one roof outside London. Known as the Spring Quartet, this powerful ensemble...
Gateshead International Jazz Festival, 4th - 6th April 2014  on Fri, 11/10/2013 - 10:36  PDF version
This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the UK’s biggest jazz festival under one roof outside London. This year’s highlights include bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding – one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, garnering a GRAMMY...
GATESHEAD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013 - UK  on Fri, 05/04/2013 - 11:00  PDF version
  Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 Gateshead International Jazz Festival, the largest UK festival held under one roof, has announced its headline acts and themes for 2013 including The Brand New Heavies, Ruby Turner, National Youth Jazz Orchestra with...
Folk Rising: Fran Smith, Matt Stalker and Fables, and Tracey Browne  on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:11  PDF version
Returning for a short series, this is the first of three Folk Rising concerts featuring up and coming songwriters. Fran Smith Fran Smith has attracted fans of the highest order. Thea Gilmore, Athlete, Karine Polwart, Boo Hewerdine and Po’ Girl have all invited her to open shows for...
Students @ The Sage Gateshead  on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:09  PDF version
We host three fantastic music degrees here at The Sage Gateshead. In partnership with the University of Sunderland we deliver the BMus (Hons) Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music and BA (Hons) Community Music and in partnership with Newcastle University we host the BMus (Hons) Folk and Traditional...