If you’ve managed to kick all the bad habits you wanted to and are looking for inspiration when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, you could do a lot worse than pick up a programme for the spring term at Sage Gateshead.
Whether you’re looking for an altogether new hobby, or are determined to tune up some existing skills in the music making department, the venue’s learning timetable, which kicks off on January 12, will doubtless have something to catch your interest.
The Adult Programme and Silver Programme (for the over 50s) both offer a range of vocal and instrumental classes, whatever stage you’re at.
New for the spring term is a class called ‘All About That Bass’ - an intermediate bass guitar class aimed at those wanting to achieve more with their bass guitar.
Also on the list are the ever-popular Steel Pan classes which are available for all abilities; the Adult Rock Band which invites participants to explore rock, pop and soul through the decades from the 50s to the present day; and the ‘Find Your Voice’ and ‘Step into Singing’ classes, which are designed to help people discover the voice they never knew they had.
Then there’s the ‘Harmonize’ choir, which offers the perfect introduction to music from around the world; Old Town Voices, which covers jazz, pop and gospel music; and In the Groove - the ideal vehicle for aspiring rock and pop singers, which sometimes offers the chance to perform with visiting artists at Sage Gateshead throughout the year.
If folk music is more your thing, then ‘Folkworks Tuesday’ is the a great way to start with a wide range of classes, including the ‘Folk Choir’ which features guest tuition from Eliza Carthy.
There’s also the ‘Silver Skiffle Band’ - a traditional ensemble playing 20s-30s blues plus American and English folk songs, while the ‘Silver Folk Band’ welcomes both singers and instrumentalists - no prior band experience is necessary.
Susanna Wolfe, head of lifelong learning at Sage Gateshead said: “Our brilliant musicians run a huge number of vocal and instrumental classes both during the day and in the evenings, covering all sorts of genres from folk to soul and loads in between. Come along and fall in love with some new music in the New Year.”
* For a full list of classes, which take place at Sage Gateshead and Gateshead Old Town Hall, or to book your place, visit sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.