- Double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and national treasure, Michael Ball
- Nouvelle Vague present Bossa Nova covers of classic punk and post-punk tracks
- Influential 70s icons, Mott The Hoople
Mott The Hoople '74 - 45th Anniversary Tour
Tuesday 23 April, 7.30pm, Sage One
From 1969 to 1973, Mott The Hoople was a two-headed beast, with song-writing duties split between Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs, as well as the odd notable exception from Verden Allen.
By the end of 1973, Ralphs and Allen had both left the band to see what else was out there for them, leaving Ian Hunter as the sole songwriter.
With Hunter now given free reign, 1974’s The Hoople explored ideas and concepts that are now widely credited as having influenced everyone from the punk movement to Queen. 1974 was also arguably Mott’s most intensely creative period with the studio album, four hit singles – Roll Away The Stone, The Golden Age Of Rock ’n’ Roll, Foxy Foxy and Saturday Gigs – plus a live album, half of which was taken from their week long stint at the Uris Theatre, Broadway.
In 2009 and 2013, the 1969 / 1973 line up completed two highly successful reunion tours. At the time, many fans asked whether it would ever be possible to see the ‘Class Of ’74’ – Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher – back together again.
In 2018, the trio of Hunter, Bender and Fisher, augmented by Ian’s long term backing band, The Rant Band, played three festivals. It’s fair to say that the festivals took people by surprise, the band showing a renewed energy and spirit.
Classical Season 2018/19 | Piano Greats
Angela Hewitt's Bach Suites
Wednesday 24 April, 7.30pm, Sage One
- Angela Hewitt piano
- Bach English Suite No.1 in A major
- Bach English Suite No.2 in A minor
- Bach Suite in F minor
- Bach English Suite No.3 in G minor
- Bach Prelude and Fugue in A minor
A beautiful mind: ‘Hewitt remains today’s finest exponent of Bach’s keyboard music’ says Gramophone magazine, and in this all-Bach programme she celebrates some of the most vibrant and life-enhancing music of all time. Sonic detox for heart and soul.
Michael Ball Coming Home To You Tour
Thursday 25 April, 7.30pm, Sage One
Double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and national treasure Michael Ball performs music from his new studio album Coming Home to You, as well as favourites from his back catalogue.
Having received critical acclaim for his performances in the West End and on Broadway in shows including Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and the smash hit musical Hairspray, the radio and TV host has since sold millions of albums and toured multiple continents across the world.
The Classic BRIT Award winner’s album, Together, with Alfie Boe was Christmas Number 1 in 2016 and their second album, Together Again, in 2017 went straight to number one, boasting combined sales of more than one million copies.
The Ronnie Scott's Story: 60th Anniversary Concert
Friday 26 April, 8pm, Sage Two
In this, the 60th Anniversary of one of the world’s most iconic music venues, the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the road to celebrate the Ronnie Scott’s Story.
Hosted and performed by the award-winning Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, led by the Club’s Musical Director, this is a unique evening celebrating the music and history of Ronnie Scott’s and is a must for any music fan.
Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club and combining world class live jazz alongside rare archive photos and video footage, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, take you on a guided, musical tour of this music institution.
Set amongst the dive bars and jazz jook joints of London’s Soho, we hear about the desperate hand-to-mouth finances of the early years and the frequent police raids. We hear how Ronnie’s became neutral ground within rife gang territory and their scrapes with gangsters including the Krays who were rumoured to have taken Ronnie and Pete “for a little drive”!
Life at Ronnie’s is evocatively re-imagined through tales of the club’s past visitors, from pop stars, film stars and politicians to comedians and royalty, but above all, the musicians.
Featuring classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s, projected images and footage, and tales of old Soho, miscreant musicians and police raids, The Ronnie Scott’s Story is a glimpse into this unique world and its incredible history.
Folkworks: Singing Workshop with Fay Hield
Saturday 27 April, 11am, The Squires Seminar Room
Join Fay Hield for a workshop learning and singing songs from the Modern Fairies project. Suitable for singers of all levels including beginners.
Modern Fairies is a unique collaboration between leading songwriters, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers & researchers to develop exciting new work, presenting fresh perspectives on what folklore means to us in the modern world.
Fay makes new music from archival sources, weaving the old into new words and sounds that resonate with the people and places she encounters. She has toured and recorded with various BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning projects, including curating The Full English Band and her own group, The Hurricane Party.
Her research at The University of Sheffield looks at the English folk scene to discover how it builds a sense of community, how artists play with traditional materials and how audiences receive them.
Modern Fairies: The Gatherings
Saturday 27 April - Sunday 28 April, 2pm 7.30pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
Modern Fairies is a unique collaboration between leading songwriters, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers and researchers to develop exciting new work, presenting fresh perspectives on what folklore means to us in the modern world.
The Fairy Gatherings breathe new life into less well-known traditional tales. Focussing on the story-world of British folk-tales about fairies and the supernatural, we explore how this material can be re-mediated to be made relevant to modern audiences.
The narratives foreground vital modern themes of individual identity and self-determination. Arguing that the vivid dramatisation of timeless and enduring truths about human existence still communicates powerfully today. The timeless speaks now, through urgent new voices compelling us to listen.
Tales about fairies are usually thought of as the province of children, yet the success of works such as Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and World of Warcraft proves that the mythical past still holds the power to enthral adult audiences.
Traditional folk tales speak to contemporary concerns and anxieties. These can teach lasting truths about romantic relationships, about exotic strangers and homeliness, stability and risk-taking – the academic and obscure becomes relevant, immediate and vivid.
The fantasy of the fairy world offers escape to a place of light and beauty, of endless food and drink, of laughter and happiness, where we can once more find those we thought lost forever. Yet there is a real cost to escape: priorities become skewed, responsibilities ignored, and fairy pleasures have a habit of becoming all-consuming and addictive. The allure draws people away from what is really important into a dangerous world of make-believe.
Nouvelle Vague - 15th Anniversary Tour + special guests
Saturday 27 April, 8pm, Sage Two
Nossa Nova = Nouvelle Vague = New Wave. This was the starting point for Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s unique project, which, by appropriating the punk and post-punk cannon and running it through the Bossa Nova filter, reinvented the cover band genre, revealing new and brilliant talents along the way: Camille, Phoebe Killdeer, Nadeah, Mélanie Pain, and Liset Alea.
The group’s first two albums, Nouvelle Vague (2004) and Bande A Part (2006) defined their unique sound with Bossa versions of New Wave Classics. Their third album, NV3 (2009) featured collaborations with Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, Ian McCullouch from Echo and the Bunnymen, Terry Hall from The Specials, Barry Adamson, The Saints & Minimal Compact. Their fifth album, I Could Be Happy, came out in 2016.
Nouvelle Vague are Marc Collin, Olivier Libaux, Mélanie Pain, Elodie Frégé and Liset Alea.
"The fantasy of the fairy world offers escape to a place of light and beauty, of endless food and drink, of laughter and happiness, where we can once more find those we thought lost forever."
Modern Fairies The Gatherings
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