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From live film scores to classical festive favourites, celebrate Christmas at Sage Gateshead with Royal Northern Sinfonia

Posted on 23 November 2017

The festive season is almost here and Sage Gateshead’s classical Christmas concerts are set to impress with a sparkling range of musical styles and genres to suit all tastes.

Kicking off the celebrations, More Mendelssohn Please: Symphony No.4 (Friday 1 December) is the penultimate concert in Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Mendelssohn Symphony series and is not to be missed. Joined on stage by RNS Principal Guest Conductor and violinist Julian Rachlin, the orchestra will also be performing Vivaldi’s ever-popular The Four Seasons, one of the most famous pieces of classical music ever written.

Next on the list is Home Alone Live in Concert (Sunday 3 December). Very limited tickets are available for this unique screening of the cult classic Christmas film, which sees Royal Northern Sinfonia performing John Williams’ Academy Award-nominated score in its entirety. No screening of Home Alone would be complete without a “lovely cheese pizza”, so there will be a selection of freshly baked pizza slices served at Sage Gateshead’s Little Nero’s Pizza Bar as well as pizza platters pre-bookable online. There’ll also be a pop-up Winter Warmers bar on the Concourse, serving mulled wine, mulled cider, hot gin and tonic and hot chocolate with all the trimmings. Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!

Very special guests The Sixteen will be performing in Sage One (Friday 8 December) as part of their annual Christmas tour, bringing a programme including Poulenc’s ‘Christmas Motets’ and other festive choral works from the 16th century to the present day. Familiar to many as ‘The Voices of Classic FM’, don’t miss the chance to see one of the world’s greatest choirs right here in the North East.

If you like Handel’s Messiah, you’ll love Royal Northern Sinfonia’s next concert: Parts 1, 2, 3 and 6 of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Saturday 16 December) with soloists and RNS Chorus. A firm festive favourite throughout Germany, this wonderful traditional retelling of the nativity is the ultimate way to enjoy the Christmas story.

As the big day nears, the ever-popular live music and film event The Snowman makes a welcome return to Sage One (Friday 22 December – Sunday 24 December). Bring all the family along to watch the classic animated film on the big screen accompanied live by Royal Northern Sinfonia playing Howard Blake’s magical score.

Expect to hear all your favourite Christmassy tunes in a festive singalong before the film starts – and don’t forget to visit the shop for a range of Snowman-related stocking fillers and gifts. Breakfast and lunch platters are available to pre-book online – and your little ones will even get the chance to meet some of the most-loved festive characters from children’s films.

As well as the main concerts, there will also be a relaxed matinee performance (Friday 22 December at 2pm) suited to those with autism or disabilities and their families. Listeners are free to move around and make noise during this performance and hall doors will be left open for people to come and go as they wish.

Catch the post-Christmas fatigue before it hits by waltzing along the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside for New Year’s Day in Vienna (1 January). Join Royal Northern Sinfonia to experience New Year the Viennese way, with pieces from the Strauss family and waltzes and polkas galore. Make sure you book soon – this concert always sells out.

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