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December 2006
Below is a list of web-links and resources available in our library to help you learn more about the artists, composers, conductors or pieces of music featured at The Sage Gateshead in December 2006.

To book tickets visit The Sage Gateshead online or call (0191) 443 4661.

Don't forget that ExploreMusic also stock music magazines, and dictionaries and encyclopaedias to help you on your musical quest, or you can ask one of our expert staff. Visit soon!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for some useful search tips and information about Classical Music Library, Naxos Music Library, Grove Music Online and allmusic.com.

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Look out for this symbol to link you to more information about a number of events throughout November / December that are part of the exposed:brass series. Visit our exposed:brass pages for more information on the full range of activities involved from an opportunity to 'have a go' at playing a new brass instrument to brass exhibitions and a range of exciting brass concerts.
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1st Dec
Christmas with the Rat Pack: www. theratpacklivefromlasvegas.com
  • You can read more about the Rat Pack and listen to examples of their recordings at allmusic.com - simply type their name in the search box
  • Or why not drop into Explore Music where we have biographies on Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin?
  • CD's of Frank and the boys are also available from the Gateshead Libraries' Sound Gallery


    Folkworks: Voices at the Door with Coope, Boyes and Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Georgina Boyes
  • Coope, Boyes and Simpson: www.coopeboyesandsimpson.co.uk
  • Listen to the 'Voices at the Door' CD by Coope, Boyes and Simpson here on our listening posts in ExploreMusic
  • Buy and download albums/tracks from Coope, Boyes and Simpson's record label website at www.nomasters.co.uk
  • Learn more about the promoters, Folkworks, by going to The Sage Gateshead's website and then by selecting 'Folkworks'. And for info and news regarding the 'Folkworks Community', go to the FARNE website using the link at the top of the ExploreMusic homepage

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    2nd Dec
    Double Reed Focus Day: Family Concert with Young Sinfonia
  • Find out more about Young Sinfonia by going to The Sage Gateshead's website - simply select 'Learning and Participation' and then 'Opportunities for You to Join In'. Then all you need to do is click on 'Youth Ensembles'!
  • Learn about Bill Connor by going to www.cc-cw.org - simply click on 'Membership' and select Bill Connor's name from the list


    Double Reed Focus Day: Lunchtime Oboe Recital
  • Discover about the composer Vincent Persichetti at www.presser.com/Composers. Just select "The Composers Gallery" button and then click on Vincent Persichetti
  • Read an online interview with the oboe soloist, Emily Pailthorpe, at www.oboeclassics.com/Pailthorpe.htm
  • Go online and listen to a version of the Oboe Sonata by Poulenc at Classical Music Library


    Double Reed Focus Day: Young Sinfonia Wind and Friends
  • Find out more about Young Sinfonia by going to The Sage Gateshead's website - simply select 'Learning and Participation' and then 'Opportunities for You to Join In'. Then all you need to do is click on 'Youth Ensembles'!
  • Go online and listen to a version of Gounod's 'Petite Symphony' at the Naxos Music Library
  • Or why not borrow a CD of the work from the Sound Gallery, based at Gateshead Central Library?


    Van Morrison: www.vanmorrison.co.uk
  • Listen to Van Morrison by borrowing one of his many CD's from the Sound Gallery at Gateshead Central Library
  • Borrow a biography of Van Morrison from Gateshead Libraries
  • Or why not go online and listen to extracts of Morrison and read up on the man himself at allmusic.com? Simply type his name into the search box!

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    3rd Dec
    BBC Sunday Morning Concert
  • Check out www.hyperion-records.co.uk to find out about pianist Bengt Forsberg. Just select 'artist' from the menu on the left hand side of the page and then select Bengt Forsberg from the list
  • Listen to 'The Flowers' by Sibelius and to 'Lyric Pieces, viii' by Grieg at Classical Music Library
  • Discover more about the lives and works of Grieg, Sibelius, and Nielsen at Grove Music Online. Simply type their names into the search box!
  • ...or if you prefer to read the old fashioned way, why not borrow 'Sibelius' by Robert Layton from us here in ExploreMusic or a biog of Grieg by John Horton from Gateshead Central Library?
  • Get yourself an education...www.naxos.com has some useful information for classical concert goers in their Naxos Classical Music Education section. Just select what you're interested in from the links under the Education section which can be found in the the grey menu at the right hand side of the page. Or for a child friendly introduction to classical music why not go to Naxos Music Library and select 'The Story of Classical Music' from the left hand side of the page?


    Tea Dance
  • Find a short biography of Ray Chester and friends at Jazz Services - www.jazzservices.org.uk. Just type their name into the search engine
  • Brush up on your Tea Dance Etiquette with this teamusing article! www.teamuse.com/article_010702.html
  • Not sure of your dance rules & regs? Learn about general dance etiquette here - www.ncomn.com/dir/Recreation/Dance


    Christmas Youth Choirs Celebration
  • Read a short biog of the conductors David Lawrence and Keith Allen at www.bristolive.co.uk/director.htm
  • Eager to find out about Katabatic Winds? Just go to The Sage Gateshead's website and click on 'Learning and Participation' and then 'Opportunities for You to Join In'. Then all you need to do is select 'Youth Ensembles'!


    Folkworks - The New Scorpion Band: The Carnal and the Crane: www.new-scorpion-band.com
  • Find out about Tim Laycock at www.folkwales.org.uk/Timlaycock.html
  • ...and if your into all things folk, don't forget to check out the FARNE website - simply click on the FARNE tab at the top of this page. Or why not come into ExploreMusic to read the latest addition of 'fRoots' or 'The Living Tradition' magazines or to borrow a book from our folk collection?

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    4th Dec
    Newcastle Early Music Festival Christmas Concert
  • For a short biog of Emma Kirkby and for some audio samples of her work, go to www.hyperion-records.co.uk and select 'artists' from the left hand side of the page. From there, simply click on 'K' for Kirkby and select Emma Kirkby from the list
  • Or why not access the Classical Music Library in ExploreMusic to listen to multiple recordings of Emma Kirkby performing Bach, Handel and Purcell?
  • ...and don't forget, you can also listen to a recording of Handel's 'Concerto Grosso op.6' performed by Northern Sinfonia, Vivaldi's 'Nulla in mundo pax sincera', Correlli's 'Concerto Grosso 0p.6' at Classical Music Library as well!
  • Or for those magazine lovers among you, why not come into ExploreMusic and check out the latest additions of 'Early Music Today' and 'Classical Music'?
  • And finally.... why not brush up on all the composers featured in this concert by going to Grove Music Library and typing their name in the search box?

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    7th Dec
    Northern Sinfonia
  • Listen to various recordings of all the pieces from this concert at Classical Music Library
  • Or why not come into ExploreMusic and listen to Schumann's Symphonies no's 1 and 3 on our listening posts?
  • Discover about the conductor Thomas Zehetmair at www.andersmanagement.com/conductors.htm - just select Zehetmair from the list of names available. Or why not find out about him by clicking on his name in the 'related information' at the right hand side of this page?
  • Borrow miniature scores of both of Schumann's Symphonies 1 and 3, as well as Brahms's 'Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn' in ExploreMusic. Simply ask at the desk!
  • ...and don't forget that we also have a range of classical magazines and books in ExploreMusic, including 'Robert Schumann: the man and his music' and 'Brahams - The Master Musician Series', for you to browse and borrow!


    Buzzcocks, plus support: www.buzzcocks.com
  • Borrow Buzzcocks' CDs from the Sound Gallery at Gateshead Central Library
  • Read more about the Buzzcocks and listen to extracts of some of their music at allmusic.com - simply type their name in the search box

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    8th Dec
    Northern Sinfonia Chamber Concert
  • Read about the pianist Dejan Lazic at www.harrisonparrott.com/ -simply type his name in the search box
  • Listen to performances of 'Waldscenen' online at the Classical Music Library or why not borrow the score from Gateshead Libraries?
  • For biog's of the Northern Sinfonia players simply go The Sage Gateshead's website and then click on 'Northern Sinfonia'
  • Learn more about Schumann at Grove Music Library by typing his name into the search box, or brush up on your knowledge of him by borrowing 'Robert Schumann: the man and his music' from us here in ExploreMusic

    Krocodile Klub
  • The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company: www.thelawnmowers.co.uk

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    10th Dec
    Northern Sinfonia: www.thesagegateshead.org/sinfonia
  • Wolfgang Holzmair: www.ownwhitemanagement.com - just click on 'Baritone' on the left handside of the web page
  • Read a biog of Imogen Cooper by using the link in the 'related information' at the right hand side of this page
  • Listen to Clara Schumann's 'Volkslied' and Beethoven's 'An die ferne Geliebte' at Classical Music Library
  • ...and don't forget that we also have a range of classical magazines and books in ExploreMusic, including 'Robert Schumann: the man and his music'


    Northern Sinfonia: www.thesagegateshead.org/sinfonia
  • Read about the pianist Dejan Lazic at www.harrisonparrott.com/ and type his name in the search box
  • Borrow the miniature score of the 'Tragic Overture' by Brahms from us here in ExploreMusic or why not listen to several recordings of it at Classical Music Library?
  • Listen to the 'Piano Concerto in A minor' by Schumann on our CD listening posts in ExploreMusic


    Gilad Atzmon's Artie Fishel and the Promised Band: www.gilad.co.uk
  • Visit Bass player, Yaron Stavi at his myspace page at: www.myspace.com/yaronstavi
  • Listen to extracts of Atzmon's songs at allmusic.com - simply type his name in the search box
  • Impress your friends with your jazz knowledge by reading Jazz for Dummies in ExploreMusic
  • Check out www.jazzservices.org.uk for all things jazz!
  • Schmazz: www.schmazz.co.uk
  • .....and don't forget that you can read the latest magazine issues of 'Jazz Journal International', 'Jazzwise', 'Jazz UK' and 'The Jazz Rag' here in ExploreMusic

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    11th Dec
    Trishul
  • Martin Speake: www.martinspeake.co.uk
  • Dharambir Singh: www.dharambir.com
  • GemArts: www.gemarts.org

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    12th Dec
    Madeleine Peyroux: www.madeleinepeyroux.com
  • Borrow Madeleine's CDs from The Sound Gallery at Gateshead Central Library
  • Check out www.jazzservices.org.uk for all things jazz!
  • .....and don't forget that you can read the latest magazine issues of 'Jazz Journal International', 'Jazzwise', 'Jazz UK' and 'The Jazz Rag' here in ExploreMusic

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    14th Dec
    Christmas Presence with Hayley Westenra and Northern Sinfonia
  • Northern Sinfonia: www.thesagegateshead.org/sinfonia
  • Hayley Westernra: www.hayleywestenra.com

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    16th Dec
    Weekend School Winter Festival
  • To find out about the weekend school, go to The Sage Gateshead's website and click on 'Learning and Participation' and then 'Opportunities for you to join in'. And then all you need to do is select 'weekend school' from the menu


    Beccy Owen plus A Woman of No Importance: www.beccyowen.com
  • Visit Beccy's Myspace page at: www.myspace.com/beccyowen
  • Listen to Beccy'salbum 'The Singer Kicks' here on our listening posts in ExploreMusic
  • Visit A Woman of No Importance's Myspace page at: www.myspace.com/awoni

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    17th Dec
    Ensemble Vox Clamantis Christmas Concert: www.voxclamantis.ee/eng.php?kat=2


    Back to Basie Big Band Christmas Special: www.basie.co.uk
  • Jeff Hooper: www.jeffhooper.co.uk
  • ....don't forget that we have lots of brass resources in ExploreMusic, including 'The British Bandsman' and 'Brass Band World' magazines, as well as number of brass books including 'The British Brass Band'. And until the end of December 06, we also have a display of brass instruments open daily and brass based family activities happening every weekend, so why not come and have a look?

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    18th and 19th Dec
    Northern Sinfonia Christmas Concert with Alan Titchmarsh
  • Alan Titchmarsh: www.alantitchmarsh.com
  • Northern Sinfonia and Northern Sinfonia Chorus: www.thesagegateshead.org/sinfonia
  • Find out more about Quay Voices by going to The Sage Gateshead's website and selecting 'Learning and Participation' and then 'Opportunities to Join in With'. And from there, simply click on 'Youth Ensembles' and then 'Quay Voices'
  • Read a short biography of the conductor Simon Halsey at the following website: www.intermusica.co.uk - just select 'Simon Halsey' from the drop down panel at the top right of the screen

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    20th Dec
    Joglaresa: The Bells of Paradise: www.belinda.sykes.btinternet.co.uk/

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    21st Dec
    Monteverdi Choir and Soloists: www.monteverdiproductions.co.uk/about_us/mc.cfm
  • Read a short biography of the founder and conductor of the orchestra & choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner at: www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Gardiner-John-Eliot
  • ...and don't forget that the miniature score for Bachs' Cantata 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme' is available to loan from ExploreMusic

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    22nd Dec
    Folkworks: Waterson:Carthy Frost and Fire: Singing the Season: www.watersoncarthy.com
  • The Devil's Interval: www.thedevilsinterval.co.uk
  • Listen to all of the artists who are performing in this concert on our CD Listening Posts in ExploreMusic
  • ...and don't forget you can also come into the space and read 'fRoots' and 'The Living Tradition' magazine, as well as browse our folk collection

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    23rd Dec
    The London Adventist Chorale: www.londonadventistchorale.com
  • Ken Burton: www.kenburton.com


    Folkworks: Christmas Family Ceilidh
  • Find out more about Folkworks by going to The Sage Gateshead's website and clicking on 'Folkworks'
  • Or why not discover more about Folkestra? Again just go to The Sage Gateshead's website, but this time click on 'Learning and Participation' and then 'Opportunities to Join in With' and then finally 'Youth Ensembles'
  • ExploreMusic holds lists of Ceilidh Bands and Groups available for hire. Just click on 'Local Music Database' at the left hand side of this page and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on 'Bands for hire' and then 'Ceilidh Bands'

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    24th Dec
    Christmas Family Ceilidh
    (For information on this event please see the 23rd December)

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    28th Dec
    Folkworks: New Rope String Band: www.newropestringband.co.uk
  • ...and don't forget you can also come into ExploreMusic and read 'fRoots' and 'The Living Tradition' magazine, as well as browse our folk collection

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    29th Dec
    The Snowman: www.thesnowman.co.uk
  • Listen to the CD of The Snowman in ExploreMusic on our listening posts or use our subscription to Classical Music Library to listen online!
  • Or why not borrow The Snowman on CD / DVD from the SoundGallery at Gateshead Central Library or the 'The Snowman: things to touch, feel, see and sniff' book from Whickham branch library?
  • ...and for those budding pianists out there, you will be glad to know you can also borrow The Snowman Piano score from Central Library


    Tales for the Turning Year
  • Chris Bostock: www.chrisbostock.co.uk

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    30th Dec
    Swing Bridge Singers 06
  • To find out about other singing groups you can join in with in the North East, go to 'Local Music Database' at the left hand side of this page and then click on 'Tutors'. From there select 'Music Activities to Join In With' and then use the drop down box to select 'Choir'. If you experience any problems, please do contact one of the ExploreMusic team!

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    31st Dec
    Folkworks: First Footing
  • Find out more about Folkworks by going to The Sage Gateshead's website and clicking on 'Folkworks'
  • ...and don't forget you can also come into ExploreMusic and read 'fRoots' and 'The Living Tradition' magazine, as well as browse our folk collection

    For more information about the other events in December's programme, please contact the ExploreMusic team.

    tel: 0191 443 4630
    text: 07624 804 064
    email: [email protected]
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*Please note that Classical Music Library, Grove Music Online and Naxos Music Library are exclusive online subscription services. Classical Music Library can only be accessed from Gateshead Library PCs, including those in ExploreMusic, however Grove Music Online and Naxos Music Library are now also available to Library members remotely. You'll need your library ticket number to log in. allmusic.com is a free resource extending from the All Music collection of reference books.

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  • allmusic.com - type the name of the artists / band into the search box at the top of the page.
  • Classical Music Library - browse by Composer, Artist, Conductor or type keywords into the search box. Use 'Playlists' to access music featured in The Sage Gateshead's orchestral subscription series.
  • Naxos Music Library - browse by genre or category or use the advanced search to search for the name of a piece, composer, artist or group.
  • Grove Music Online - using keywords in the search box at the top of the page turns up most results.










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