· Musical Theatre Group Collabro with special guest Kerry Ellis plus Georgia and The Vintage Youth
· Folkworks present the fantastic new line-up for The Poozies
· Classical season 2018/19 Musique de chamber and Oslo Philharmonic
· Feel good nostalgia from Vonda Shepard, the musical star of Ally McBeal, and Sharon Corr
Collabro with special guest Kerry Ellis plus Georgia and The Vintage Youth
Monday 4 March, 7pm, Sage One
Collabro are the world’s most successful Musical Theatre group. In 2014 they met for their first rehearsal above a pub in London and just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of Stars for the Britain’s Got Talent judges.
Having triumphed in their Semi-Final heat with over 63% of the votes, they then won the overall competition with one of the biggest majorities ever. This subsequently led to them joining Simon Cowell’s label Syco, and hence becoming label-mates with the likes of One Direction, Little Mix, Susan Boyle and Il Divo.
In the three years since the competition, Collabro have released a Number 1 debut album Stars, followed by Act Two which peaked at Number 2 in the charts in the summer of 2015. They have performed at the Royal Variety Performance; twice on Britain’s Got Talent (most recently the 10-year Grand Final compilation of past contestants – having been voted ‘The Nation’s Favourite BGT Winner’ in a national poll) and are now enormously successful internationally. Notably, they have performed for over 30 million people in Japan on Music Station on two separate occasions – receiving a Gold Disc for Best International Artist alongside Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor. They have also completed two tours of America and signed a major US record deal.
The boys performed to 7 million people at Soccer Aid 2016 to critical praise and garnered excellent press reviews for their first performance as a four piece followed by a performance at the 2016 BBC Proms in the Park. A Summer Tour supporting the legendary Cliff Richard preceded their own sell-out 29 date Headline Tour of the UK at the end of 2017. March 2017 saw the release of their highly anticipated third studio album, Home a collection of stage classics, fan favourites and also their first original song Lighthouse, reaching Number 7 in the UK Album Chart. This record is receiving exceptional critical reviews.
Folkworks: The Poozies
Saturday 9 March, 7.45pm, Northern Rock Foundation Hall
The ever-adventurous Poozies are back, showing off their fantastic new line-upand all-new material – most of which makes up their hard-hitting new album ‘Punch’.
“This most recent reincarnation of The Poozies is all about mischief and rebellion…”
Newbies Sarah McFadyen and Tia Files have joined founding member Mary Macmaster and long-term cohort Eilidh Shaw, and together they continue to play a dazzling, joyful eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional tunes with beefy powerful accompaniment, while their perfectly executed songs vary dramatically from Gaelic waulking songs to old-time American, country and pop.
“A mischievous mix of musical mayhem, spellbinding showcase instrumentals and probably some frogs legs to boot…..unencumbered by conventional folk idioms” Jon Bennet
“…outstanding originals, virtuoso interpretations and unexpected arrangements take you into uncharted realms…unique spheres that need no labels” Tim Carroll, Folkwords
Classical Season 2018/19 | Small is Beautiful
Musique de chambre
Saturday 9 March, 8pm, Sage Two
· Alasdair Beatson piano
· Royal Northern Sinfonia
· Farrenc Sextet for Piano and Wind Op.40
· Saint-Saëns Sonata for Oboe and Piano
· Françaix L’Heure du berger
· Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet
Louise Farrenc has been called ‘the greatest female composer of the 19th century’, and today her magnificent C minor Sextet heads a whole parade of French chamber music – from the elegance of Saint-Saëns and Françaix to the fin-de-siècle indulgence of Chausson’s luscious Concerto.
Classical Season 2018/19 | RNS Presents
Sunday 10 March, 3pm, Sage One
· Vasily Petrenko conductor
· Nikolai Lugansky piano
· Oslo Philharmonic
· Delius The Walk to the Paradise Garden
· Grieg Piano Concerto
· Sibelius Symphony No.5
Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony begins with a northern sunrise, and ends with one of the simplest (but greatest) tunes of all time. It’s a stirring companion-piece for Grieg’s ever-fresh, ever-popular Piano Concerto, plus an old favourite by Grieg’s English friend Frederick Delius.
Vonda Shepard & Sharon Corr
Sunday 10 March, 8pm, Sage Two
Great friends Vonda Shepard, the musical star of Ally McBeal and Sharon Corr, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and member of The Corrs join forces with their band to tour the UK and Ireland.
Vonda first shot to fame through her long running appearances, performances and musical accompaniment on the smash hit US TV show Ally McBeal. The theme song ‘Searching My Soul’ reached the top 10 in the UK and Vonda released a series of Ally inspired albums which went on to sell a staggering 12 million copies worldwide. She has continued to release a string of solo albums including the critically acclaimed By 7.30 and her most recent soul infused album “Rookie”.
Sharon along with her siblings, formed one of the biggest selling Irish bands of all time, The Corrs in 1990. After years of touring, 45 million albums sold and impressive number of hits The Corrs took time off. In 2009 Sharon launched her solo career with the release of her debut album ‘Dream of You’ followed by ‘The Same Sun’ in 2014 and became a judge on the Irish edition of “The Voice”.
This is a show not to be missed and will feature songs from their solo catalogues alongside some of the most memorable songs they have become so closely associated with. Tell Him, Dreams, Maryland, Radio, Hooked On A Feeling, Smalltown Boy, I Only Want To Be With You, Baby Don’t You Break My Heart Slow, Take A Minute, Walk Away Rene, We Could Be Lovers, You Belong To Me and So Young.
This is one feel good evening filled with nostalgia not to miss!
"A mischievous mix of musical mayhem, spellbinding showcase instrumentals and probably some frogs legs to boot unencumbered by conventional folk idioms."
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