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Posted on 5 October 2018

Media Release: 5 October 2018

In celebration of the UK’s most exciting contemporary musicians, Sage Gateshead’s New Year New Artists’ Festival (NYNA) returns next year from Thursday 17 January – Sunday 20 January 2019 with a mix of classical, indie, folk, world and jazz musicians.

The line-up announced so far includes Jess Gillam, the young saxophonist who moved audiences at this year’s BBC Proms, and Holly Clarke, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award semi-finalist in 2016.

The festival kick-starts on Thursday [17 January] with an evening of folk. The evening will see Katie Doherty and The Navigators on stage as well as Sam Partridge, Grace Smith and Holly Clarke.

Katie Doherty and The Navigators will come together to mark the official release of their first album ‘And Then’; Sam Partridge (English concertina) and Grace Smith (fiddle) will bring an explorative approach to traditional English music; and Holly Clarke will sing both traditional and original songs with her unforgettable voice.

Holly Clarke said: “_As a traditional singer and musician, having this platform to perform is so important. The folk scene in the North East has a strong following and exposing my music to that scene is really going to help me in my career. Sage Gateshead has been a big part of my education in folk music, so it’s special to be a part of this and working closer with them._”

On the Friday night [18 January] Jess Gillam will join Royal Northern Sinfonia and conductor Jessica Cottis. Jess Gillam said: “_I am really looking forward to performing with Royal Northern Sinfonia at various venues across the North East next year! I am particularly looking forward to the concert at Sage Gateshead; it is a venue in which I have always wanted to perform. It’s fantastic to be a part of a celebration of music and artists in their New Year New Artists programme showcasing musicians from all styles – classical to indie and folk to world! There are so many exciting innovations and ideas forming in music at the moment and it will be great to experience some of them live at a festival like this._”

The concert will include Milhaud’s Scaramouche with Jess Gillam alongside pieces from Debussy and Stravinsky, as well as the winning work from Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Young Composers’ Competition 2019. Royal Northern Sinfonia has invited young composers to write a celebratory piece for this competition. Works by the three finalists will be performed before the concert and the overall winner will be voted for by the orchestra, the jury and the audience.

Also on the Friday is jazz group Vels Trio in Sage Two. The band can be characterised by their heavy grooves and emotionally charged songwriting. Supporting Vels Trio is three-piece band purpleshirt who also impressed greatly with their electric live show during their Summer Studios residency at Sage Gateshead earlier this year.

On the Saturday there will be a special programme of music from European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) nominated artists Josep-Ramon Olivé (baritone), Peter Moore (trombone), Anaïs Gaudemard (harp), and Amatis Piano Trio plus performances by Kaviraj Singh (santoor) and Heisk (6-piece folk band). A Saturday day ticket allows entry to all afternoon performances – a great opportunity to try something new and listen to music from a range of genres.

Further details on Saturday’s indie concert are still to be announced. For more information on the full festival see
Tickets go on sale today [Friday 5 October].

The festival is produced by Sage Gateshead in association with NARC. magazine.
Presented with support from European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) and PRS for Music Foundation.
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European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO):


For further information, images, interview requests, competition or review tickets please contact:
Gaynor Ellis, PR & Communications Manager, Sage Gateshead
E. T. 0191 443 4690 M.07826 552945

Sage Gateshead is an international music centre and renowned conference and event venue located in the North East of England. It is for artists, for audiences, for the North and for the long term.
Its concert programme incorporates all kinds of local, regional and international music and runs all year round. Music-making and learning activity takes place not only in the building but across the region.
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