Young singers from across the North East will take to the stage this July for a BBC Proms concert which will be broadcast live from Sage Gateshead.
Voices of the River's Edge - a new choir formed by 100 young people - will be taking part in a Folk Connections concert with Royal Northern Sinfonia as part of the world's biggest classical music festival. The BBC Proms, typically associated with the Royal Albert Hall in London, is heading north as part of its summer season and Gateshead will be in the spotlight on July 23.
The July to September festival of concerts is being broadcast live on BBC Three, with many performances also being televised. All Proms concerts also will be available on BBC Sounds.
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In April there was a call-out to find young singing talent to form a choir specially for the Gateshead show and the result is Voices of the River's Edge which will add to a programme with a folklore theme. Also taking part will be members of folk ensemble Spell Songs while a poem called Indelible Miraculous written by the late Julia Darling, the well-known writer who made her home in the region, will have its world premiere, set to music by Judith Wear, the composer who holds the title of Master of the Queen’s Music.
The performance will take place in Sage One on July 23 at 7.30pm. The BBC Proms concert at Sage Gateshead is a North East first and tickets for it range in price from £7 - for standing in the level one stalls - to £39.50. See here to book and for information about the full programme.
Anyone wanting to make the occasion at the Sage even more of a treat could book for afternoon tea in The Brasserie. Served from 4pm, this will include traditional sandwiches, a mini pie, slice of quiche, scone with jam and clotted cream, a piece of cake, slice of traybake and unlimited tea and coffee for £18 a head.
The Sage, which recently launched a name-change campaign which will result in a new identity for rhe music venue by the autumn, says that bookings for afternoon tea will close at 3pm on July 21.