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The North East’s venerated concert hall Sage Gateshead will welcome audiences back – albeit virtually – this month, with their New Beginnings season of performances which will be livestreamed from the venue.

The season’s title is particularly fitting for the incoming principal conductor of Royal Northern Sinfonia, Dinis Sousa, a fantastically talented young Portuguese conductor who has several accolades under his belt. On Friday 16th April he’ll join Dame Sarah Connelly and the RNS to perform Berlioz’s intoxicating exploration of love, Les Nuits d’été, Haydn’s Le Matin and Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps. RNS return on Friday 30th April with an uplifting programme entitled Spring Is Sprung, featuring work by Vaughan Williams, Delius, Thea Musgrave and Schumann.

For contemporary music lovers, North East’s thrilling folk ‘n’ rollers Holy Moly & The Crackers will perform their first livestreamed show on Friday 23rd April, where they’ll demonstrate their singular brand of foot-stomping rock, Balkan folk, alt. indie and soul sound. The Newcastle-based band have honed their live show to a fine point by touring the length and breadth of Europe; no doubt they’ll be chuffed to be returning to the live stage, so audiences will be in for a real treat.

More performances are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

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