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Young Singers Walking On Air After Being Chosen For Sage Gateshead Concert

Three young North East singers will be taking to Sage Gateshead’s main concert hall stage this week after being chosen to perform in the popular, live screening of The Snowman.

An annual tradition at the music venue, Sage Gateshead has delighted sell-out audiences of all ages over the years with screenings of the classic film. Royal Northern Sinfonia play Howard Blake’s magical score as the animated film, adapted from Raymond Briggs’ timeless picture book, is shown on the big screen.

It is being shown from Saturday December 22 to Monday December 24.

This year Sage Gateshead got in touch with local schools to encourage pupils to audition for the iconic ‘Walking in the Air’ solo, made famous by Aled Jones.

Euan Rennie, of Gateshead, Matthew Saunders, from near Prudhoe, and Grace Stobart, of Newcastle, were selected to be the show’s stars after impressing judges with their vocal talents.

Euan, 12, sings in his school choir at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy in Birtley. Matthew, 11, sings in the junior choir at St Thomas More Catholic School in Blaydon. Grace, 13, sings in her school choir at the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle and Sage Gateshead’s Quay Voices youth choir.

Matthew said: “I was so shocked to hear I’d got through the auditions, I have never done anything like this before and it is a fantastic opportunity. The rehearsals have been great and everyone is very friendly. I am looking forward to the performances, but I’m a little nervous too!”

Chrissie Slater, Royal Northern Sinfonia Learning Manager, said: “We were so pleased that so many young people from local schools came along to audition and we were overwhelmed with the standard of singing we heard.

“Our aim is to inspire and involve young people of all ages and backgrounds through learning and making music with the best musicians and with opportunities to perform here at Sage Gateshead.”

This year Sage Gateshead is delighted to announce that the popular ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ musical treat will make a welcome return (by popular demand) to entertain audiences before the film starts.

As well as the main concerts, there will also be a relaxed matinee performance on Saturday 22 December at 2pm, suited to those with autism or disabilities and their families. Listeners are free to move around and make noise during this performance and hall doors will be left open for people to come and go as they wish. It will also be sign interpreted for BSL users.

There are still some tickets available. To book, visit sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.

The Snowman performances:

Saturday (22nd) 2pm (relaxed) and 5pm
Sunday (23rd) 11am, 2pm and 5pm
Monday (24th) 11am and 2pm

Tickets are £17.50 and £19.50 (on 22/23 Dec) or £60 for a family ticket
£19.50 and £22 on Dec 24 or £65 for a family ticket.
Age two and under are free sitting on a knee.

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