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There’s some incredible opportunities to come for musicians of all ages, as Sage Gateshead hosts the chance to spend a day making music with some of the UK’s top composers and artists. There’s a variety of workshops and more taking place on Sunday 4th March.

A day of workshops for voices, instruments, electronic artists and composers will take place on Sunday 4th March as part of the international Festival of Contemporary Music for All (CoMA), which is happening across the UK and beyond. Leading the sessions will be composers and conductors Sir James MacMillan and James Weeks, composer and sound artist Mariam Rezaei and conductor Hugh Brunt. There is also the chance to perform with members of Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Conductor Sir James MacMillan also brings his powerful choral work St Luke Passion to be performed by Royal Northern Sinfonia, Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia, Quay Voices (Sage Gateshead’s youth choir) and The Girl Choristers of Newcastle Cathedral – conducted by Hugh Brunt – on Saturday 3rd March at 7.30pm. There is also an opportunity to hear from the man himself at a pre-concert talk starting at 6.30pm.

The same evening the world premiere of a new work, Venetian Sky, commissioned for Sage Gateshead’s concourse space and composed and conducted by James Weeks, will be performed by Royal Northern Sinfonia and the New Tyneside Orchestra at 7pm.

The CoMA Festival celebrates new music with an emphasis on taking part. All the workshops provide opportunities for singers and players to actively get involved in new music.

These are the series of workshops taking place at Sage Gateshead (between 10am and 4.30pm on Sunday 4 March) that people can sign up to:

For voices

  • Work with leading composer Sir Ian MacMillan
  • Explore experimental vocal music in sessions led by some of the UK’s leading vocal conductors
  • Be the first to sing newly commissioned works from an international line-up of composers
  • Take part in a performance of James Weeks’ new work, specially written for the Festival

For instruments

  • Perform brilliant works led by some of the UK’s leading lights in contemporary music performance and members of Royal Northern Sinfonia
  • Perform experimental classic Rock Piece by Pauline Oliveros
  • Be part of the premiere of James Weeks’ new work

For Electronic Artists and the Digitally Curious

  • Create an electronic music score for a short film in sessions led by composer and sound artist Mariam Rezaei

For Composers

  • Hear your music performed, and receive feedback from members of Royal Northern Sinfonia in short workshop sessions on the public Concourse. 

If you want to know more, or to see the full timetable, you can visit Sage Gateshead’s website and view more here.

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