It's all change for me right now. I've taken redundancy from my science-based government job. I'm now about to embark on what could be the gateway to a new, exciting career "facilitating" the future of new music, or a lot of regret about dropping the increasingly insecure civil service job and the pension, which although its being attacked, isn't a bad supplement to what was a pretty poor salary for a scientist. But, we should never regret what is done, and regret is often over what we haven't done, and perhaps should have. Enough of all that, music...its the future!
A Busy Week
This week I embarked on a series of rehearsals for "Until We Are Lost" at Dance City. I've done a bit of singing, and this production by Okham's Razor dance company calls for a 20 strong choir drawn from the local community, and follows on from the company's sell out success with "The Mill". As I am currently free I felt this would be an excellent opportunity to do a bit of public singing. The production looks like it will be spectacular and the music, by Graham Fitkin (twice winner at the British Composer Awards) is very emotive and beautiful, and challenging for an inexperienced "soprano" like myself. Okham's Razor will be performing acrobatic movements amongst aerial scultures. The audience will be immersed in this, along with the choir! The show runs from Thursday 11th October to Sunday 14th October. Tickets are available from Dance City's website http://www.dancecity.co.uk/events/performances/301/not-until-we-are-lost-ockhams-razor
As for music, it was time on Sunday to go along to th O2 Academy in Newcastle and see
As promised I need to give you some future events coming up in the Northeast. So here are some dates for your diary. Get in touch if you want your event adding!
Music: Stan will be bringing their unique take on guitar pop that tugs at the heart strings at the Riverside, South Shields, on Friday 28th September
Shame Club a mix of Indie, Rock, Pop from the DJ and live bands at the Dog and Parrot on Saturday 29th September
Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen)/Ian Broudie (Lightning Seeds) at O2 Academy, Westgate Road Fiday 28th September www.ssdconcert.co.uk
Nina Nesbitt and Josh Kumra Wednesday 10th October at O2 Academy www.ssdconcert.co.uk
Collectors Club, Tissue Culture, Cohesion st the Head of Steam, Newcastle Friday 5th October https://www.facebook.com/theoutsider4music/events
Theatre: Never So Good by Howard Brenton at the People's Theatre, Jesmond from 9th - 13th October
Chalet Lines until 6th October at Live Theatre Broad Chare http://www.live.org.uk/ see my review for the Northeast Hub http://thenortheasthub.com/blog/theatre-review-chalet-lines-at-live
The Sacred Flame by W Somerset Maugham murder mystery on from 25th to 29th September at Northern Stage http://www.northernstage.co.uk/
Comedy: Gavin Webster's Northern Assembly Gavin's unique take on modern culture plus guests, games, sketches...you never know what's going to happen. The Stand, High Bridge, every Sunday night. http://www.thestand.co.uk/listings.aspx
Charity Night at the Cluny https://www.facebook.com/AlMacPresents Al McWilliam (compere) Big Lou Jones, Steve Rimmer, Si Gutherless, Alan Fletcher, Cal Halbert Wednesday 3rd October
Danny Pensive at the Stand, High Bridge Newcastle Wednesday 3rd October
This blog is likely to change format in order to get the"What's Ons" and the "Been Ons" in there rightful places. In the meantime, bear with me...no seriously there is a big massive bear with me.