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“Incredible building.”
Review of Sage Gateshead

Sage Gateshead
Ranked #3 of 44 things to do in Gateshead
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England. Our inclusive approach enables all our performance, learning and participation programmes to be constantly inspired and supported by each other.
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Had a good walk around and thought the building was excellent. Not much going on inside whilst i was there though.

Thank Andy H
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Great situation, great service for your needs and also cuisine at the place much better than expected. All visits both business and personal and been enjoyable enough experiences. Fantastic views, helpful staff and good facilities.

Thank P H
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

I came to Newcastle to learn more about the Sage Gateshead. The first thing I learned is that this amazing facility is in Gateshead, not Newcastle and don't you forget it. Gateshead is very proud of it's dedication to the arts and rightly so. Here are my notes from my visit:
Genesis
For a number of years, the Newcastle area had tried to build an arts center that would serve the northeast of England without success
The area has a population of less than 1 million
The Borough of Gateshead decided to act and even though it is not a rich council, found the funding to build SG – the council’s mandate was to improve their community through the arts
Also funded the renovation of the Baltic Flour building into a MOMA, commissioned the Gateshead Angel and built the Gateshead Millennium tilting bridge across the Tyne
Sage was the lead donor (accounting software designer that has a strong presence in Newcastle)
Raised money from the Arts Council, other corporations but not one penny came from Newcastle City Council
Norman Foster was engaged to create an iconic community based facility on the banks of the Tyne
Arup Acoustics engaged as acousticians
Anthony Sargent has been the ED since it opened
GH opened in 2004 at a cost of £70MM
Construction:
Large undulating glass and steel canopy/shell (reminded me of the NCPA in Beijing) which houses a number of rooms
o Hall 1 – slightly flexible concert hall seats 1700
o Hall 2 – a layer cake, in the round seats 450
o Northern Rock Foundation Hall – a large flat floor combination rehearsal space and performance space seats 200
o The Barbour Room used for breakout meetings, webinars – low ceilings – seats 125
Lobby runs the full length of the building and houses retail, a café (seats about 70 plus spillover to the lobby), a fine dining restaurant (seats 100), retail and a number of places for people to sit and converse
Education Center runs the full length of the building under the main lobby with 26 studios, small to medium to large
Exterior shell does not touch any of the rooms
Exterior windows washed by a crew of three who rappel down the building with squeegees.
Programs:
Home of the Northern Sinfonia and a number of chamber groups
Wide variety of presentations – jazz festival, pop artists, world music, lectures, movies, community participatory
Rentals and events
Education and Community programs are the major part of their activity and a major source of revenue (they charge something for every program)
Offer classes for pregnant mothers – one item taught is pain management through music – and to every age group
Special 30 minute concerts for babies and their mothers – no talk, just music (babies do not understand the spoken word)
Programs for at-risk youth
Silver series for the over 50s – have 600 members registered – everything from Silver Divas to the Silver Ukulele Orchestra
SG coordinated 30 amateur choruses in the region, most rehearse at a community hall in their area
SG offers a BA in Community Music (sponsored by the local university)
Teacher professional development
Host the “Cobweb Orchestra” which is a group of older people who have played an instrument in the past
Other:
Restaurant, Café, Performance Bars are run by a catering company
Free Wi-Fi throughout building (works very well)
Spontaneous performances occur in the lobby, usually by people involved in one of the programs

1  Thank John K
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Visited the Sage for the 2nd time on the 12th January to see Caravan. This was a birthday present for my Dad. I previously visited the sage in 2011 to see Paul Carrack which was in hall one and was amazing. Caravan were in hall two which has a much smaller feel to it but is equally as impressive. This is a great venue for live music.
The best thing about the Sage is the amazing architecture and the views across the Tyne and into Newcastle Quayside.

Thank Rallyhead1983
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Spent New Year's Eve here this year and had a first class meal in the restaurant followed by a full blown (and brilliant) ABBA tribute concert. The accoustics are just fabulous and you can hear every sound however loud without distortion. We enjoyed the whole experience, even the free parking (NYE only). We are booking again for next year so it must have been good. One good tip is if you have any musicians to buy for, the Sage gift shop has lots of reasonably priced and unusual music themed items to choose from and it's free to go and browse.

Thank John B
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