Listening Weekend

Sage Gateshead

Join us for free workshops and pop up performances as we explore the theme of listening.

Over the weekend visit our Listening Lounge (Sage Gateshead’s Concourse) to find out more about the different ways to listen and create sounds.

Saturday 9 June

Body Percussion: until 4pm (Listening Lounge)
Learn about Steve Reich’s Clapping Music – a piece for two pairs of hands. Take a look at the score and follow the music yourself.

TED Talks: until 4pm (Level 2, Screening Room)
Spend some time in our screening room and watch a curated series of TED Talks themed around listening. Talks include Neil Harbisson’s I Listen To Colour, about audible frequencies, Meklit Hadero’s workshop on the natural lilt of emphatic language and Evelyn Glennie’s demonstration on how to listen.

BBC Youth Proms Academy Open Rehearsal: 11am- 1pm (Northern Rock Foundation Hall)
Visit an open rehearsal as the BBC Proms Youth Choir prepare for their performance as part of BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in July. This is part of a four-day residency led by choral director Simon Halsey.

Body Percussion Workshops: 11am, 1pm, 3pm (Listening Lounge, Concourse)
Inspired by Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, take part in a workshop and learn a piece of body percussion.

Young Sinfonia, Quay Voices & CAT presents: 5pm- 6.25pm (Concourse)
Hear Young Sinfonia, conducted by Holly Mathieson, perform repertoire from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Quay Voices led by Matt Beckingham, and members of Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training perform short recitals, including new compositions by Victoria Walls and William Hartley.

Young Sinfonia & Quay Voices presents: 6.30pm- 7pm (Sage One)
Young Sinfonia & Quay Voices perform debut pieces from our PRSF composers in residence on the stage of Sage One.

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Beethoven’s Ninth: 7.30pm (Sage One)
Lars Vogt returns for a performance of Beethoven’s mighty Ninth, the ‘symphony to end all symphonies’ with its glorious life-affirming finale on the text of Schiller’s Ode to Joy. Find out more. Tickets are sold out but please check our Ticket Office for returns.

The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah: 8pm, Sage Two
He befriended Nelson Mandela, fought in the 1980s race riots and recorded radical and relevant reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band. Benjamin Zephaniah was unable to read and write at school but became one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. Book tickets here.

Sunday 10 June

TED Talks: until 4pm (Level 2, Screening Room)
Spend some time in our screening room and watch a curated series of TED Talks themed around listening.Talks include Neil Harbisson’s I Listen To Colour, about audible frequencies, Meklit Hadero’s workshop on the natural lilt of emphatic language and Evelyn Glennie’s demonstration on how to listen.

The Glass Harp: until 4pm (Listening Lounge, Concourse)
The Glass Harp is created using just water and glass. Find out how you could make your own at home, and enjoy pop up demos of the instrument.

Glass Harp Workshops: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm (Listening Lounge, Concourse)
Listen to a short performance by Brendan Murphy including Beethoven’s iconic Ode To Joy on the glass harp, and have a go yourself on a smaller glass harp instrument.

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