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The art of the piano trio across the ages will be given a vivid demonstration next Tuesday in the intimate surroundings of Hall 2 at The Sage Gateshead.

The art of the piano trio across the ages will be given a vivid demonstration next Tuesday in the intimate surroundings of Hall 2 at The Sage Gateshead.

One of Britain's most exciting ensembles, the Gould Piano Trio, will perform three works from three centuries at their recital, which begins at 7.30pm - Mozart's Trio in C major, contemporary composer James MacMillan's Fourteen Little Pictures and the Piano Trio by Tchaikovsky.

Violinist Lucy Gould, cellist Alice Neary and pianist Benjamin Frith formed as a trio in 1987.

Chosen as the British Rising Stars for the 1998-9 season, they have performed in such prestigious venues as New York's Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts, Birmingham Symphony Hall and major halls in Paris, Cologne, Athens and Vienna.

Festival appearances include Edinburgh, Cheltenham, City of London and the BBC Proms, while overseas travels have taken them to New Zealand, the Far East and South America. Since 1999, the Goulds have also staged an annual chamber music festival in Corbridge.

The professional partnership of Baroque conductor Nicholas Kraemer and the "Doncaster Diva" Lesley Garrett with the Northern Sinfonia is resumed next Wednesday in the main concert hall at The Sage. Kraemer conducts Mozart's Magic Flute Overture and Exsulte, jubilate as well as Handel's celebratory Music for the Royal Fireworks. Also on the programme is the premiere of a work by Jonathan Dove especially commissioned for the opening of The Sage. He is from a family of architects and construction has always been an influence on his composing. Work in Progress charts in music the unfolding story of The Sage's development, accompanied by a film of the various stages.

ONE of classical music's rapidly rising piano stars, Sarah Beth Briggs, will be giving a display of her skills at the Gala Theatre in Durham City on Wednesday.

Sarah Beth made history at the age of 11 by becoming the youngest-ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and within a year had made her Fairfield Hall concert debut. She rose to international attention at 15 as the joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, and in 1991 she made her US concerto debut at the San Francisco Midsummer Mozart Festival.

At the Gala Theatre on Wednesday, starting at 7.30pm, Sarah Beth will be playing works by Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Debussy and Chopin.

For ticket and booking details see the classical listings.

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