Classical Season 2017/18 | RNS At Home

St Luke Passion

Plus pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

Sage One

Buses from Alnwick and Hexham

Please be advised that there are no plans to cancel this show. If anything changes all ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible.

Hugh Brunt conductor
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia
Quay Voices
The Girl Choristers of Newcastle Cathedral

James MacMillan St Luke Passion

Forming the centrepiece of a weekend dedicated to new music, MacMillan’s St Luke Passion is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music. This powerful and moving work from one of the great choral composers of our time unusually gives the voice of Jesus to a youth choir, and is a must for choral fans.

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm with Sir James MacMillan.


The evening begins at 7pm, with the world premiere performance by Royal Northern Sinfonia and the New Tyneside Orchestra of new work Venetian Sky, commissioned for Sage Gateshead’s Concourse space, composed and conducted by James Weeks.

The St Luke Passion concert in Sage One begins at 7.30pm, with two pieces performed by the New Tyneside Orchestra.

Monica Buckland conductor
New Tyneside Orchestra

Jennifer Higdon Machine
Arvo Pärt Swansong


Interested in new music? Join composers James MacMillan and James Weeks, choral conductor Hugh Brunt, composer and sound artist Mariam Rezaei and RNS players for our Festival of Contemporary Music for All, a day of music workshops on Sunday 4 March.


Packages – Booking opens Thursday 1 June, 10am.

Plan your season in advance and take advantage of some great discounts. Choose your favourite concerts from our RNS At Home and RNS Presents series, and save up to 25% on the cost of your tickets. Then sit back, relax, and start looking forward to another great Classical Season at Sage Gateshead.

  • 5 – 9 concerts save 10%
  • 10 – 14 concerts save 15%
  • 15 – 21 concerts save 20%
  • 22 concerts save 25%

Include our Opening Night in your package and join us for a FREE glass of fizz in the interval to celebrate the new season.


How to Save

Gateshead Residents
FREE tickets available for any concert in our RNS At Home series if you live in Gateshead and have never been to a classical concert before. Gateshead classical first-timers – come and hear your orchestra! Two tickets per customer.

Bar 5 for Under 30s
If you are under 30 our Bar 5 scheme entitles you to a ticket for just £5 plus a FREE bottle of beer for RNS At Home (in advance), RNS Presents (on the day) or RNS nights out (on the day). Find out more.

17 and under and Unemployed
Tickets available for £5 in advance for RNS At Home and on the day for RNS Presents and RNS Nights Out. Find out more.


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Part of Classical Season 2017/18 | RNS At Home

Always at the heart of our season – join Royal Northern Sinfonia ‘at home’ for their main series of classical concerts in Sage One.

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Part of Classical Season 2017/18

From dedicated classical lovers to those looking for a new musical experience, there is something for everyone to get excited about in our brand new season.

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