Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sage's Fabulous Decade of Milestones and Memories

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sage's Fabulous Decade of Milestones and Memories

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk

SAGE Gateshead's big 10th birthday bash sees it partying on this weekend with family entertainment including a free funfairtheme Maker's Fair today with performances, ukulele workshops, spraypaint art sessions and even a zip wire - and that's just part of the ongoing celebrations.

Barbara Hodgson looks back over Sage's successful past decade and picks out top 10 crackers: 1. World-class tenor Jose Carreras - one-third of the famous Three Tenors alongside Placido Domingo and the late Luciano Pavarotti - was "curious" about the new world-class music hall he'd heard of so picked it for his only UK performance of 2008. As expected: a world-class combination.

2. There could not have been a better line-up for a better cause when stars from the worlds of comedy and music - including Johnny Vegas, Ross Noble, Paul Weller and Jools Holland - clashed in style for the 3 Bandstand fund-raiser in 2006 in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

3. The premiere in 2008 of Skellig, the opera based on the hit children's book by award-winning local author David Almond. It opened up a whole new chapter for the story a decade on from its publication.

4: Kathryn Tickell's Surprise Party to celebrate Sage's fifth birthday in 2009 included a first visit by Sting who sang a stripped-back Fields of Gold.

5. Another premiere: this time a new production of West Side Story, starring amateurs alongside professionals, saw award-winning choreographer Will Tuckett bring the streets of New York to the banks of the Tyne in 2012 in a joint musical venture involving the Sage and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

6. One Night In Gateshead - and what a special night. Folk star Kathryn Tickell's centrepiece show of the region's month-long Festival of the North East in 2013 tracked her personal journey through North East traditional music and culture.

7. Home-grown talent Bryan Ferry - accompanied by a 12-piece jazz orchestra - rocked back into town for a 2013 gig which backtracked over a 40-year career.

8. International Jazz Festival. There's been one every year and, with an annual line-up featuring the cream of the jazz world under one roof, it's grown to become the biggest festival of its kind in the UK. …

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