If you’re local to the North East I’m sure you’ll already know ‘The Sage Gateshead’ has been renamed and rebranded ‘The Glasshouse International Centre for Music’.
New adjoining buildings will create a whole complex to be named ‘The Sage’, so the charity running the venue wanted to distinguish itself from these other buildings, at present under construction.
On-going plans to convert the waste land on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne that sits between the music hub formerly known as ‘The Sage Gateshead’ and the ‘Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art’ will attempt to give us in the NE our own ‘Southbank’ experience.
Planners have shown that an arena with a capacity for 12,500 and an international conference centre, exhibition space, bars and restaurants, walk ways and public spaces will all be included.
The Southbank in London is world renowned. It includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery, the National Poetry Library and Arts Council Collection, the National Theatre, restaurants and cafes.
One memorable visit of mine to London’s famous Southbank was to see Yo-Yo Ma in concert at the Royal Festival Hall.
Another time my violin teacher hired the Queen Elizabeth Hall for a special anniversary and invited family and friends to a concert where his son, a concert pianist, performed for us all.
I can’t wait for this development to be completed. It will shine a light on the NE and hopefully bring much needed interest, money, tourists and more investment to this area.
The newly named ‘Glasshouse International Centre for Music’ will no longer sit on the banks of the Tyne alone. Billy no mates! It will soon become part of a family of modern, architecturally stimulating buildings offering us culture, concerts, galleries and more.
What’s not to like!
Berwick Music Series 2023
Although well under way now with two concerts already performed during September, you can still buy tickets and support this amazing series. Five events are scheduled for October, including talks and concerts. Check out this link for more information!