Events and Classes
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Art, Literature and Music
Monday 20th | 6.00pm | FREE Lecture Railways before George Stephenson: a study of the waggonways in the Great North Coalfield 1605 - 1830
Monday 20th | 7.30pm | £6/5 Concert - Koleva Piano Trio
The Koleva Piano Trio is comprised of Jonathan Stokoe (violin), Gregory Pullen (cello) and Antonina Lax (piano). For this recital they will be performing two trios, Mendelssohn's Piano Trio, Op. 49 and Dvorak's Dumky Piano Trio, Op. 90.
Tuesday 21st | 7-9pm | FREE Recent Discoveries in the Solar System: The Moons of Jupiter (Part 3 of a series of 4)
Saturday 25th May | 10 - 1 | Writing Workshop with Sheree Mack
Saturday 25th May | 4-6pm | FREE show for young people 10-16, includes a writing workshop.
Evening performance 7.30pm £5/3 all welcomeKids | A multi-vocal, multi-media, spoken word poetry performance inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 film The Kid written by North East poets Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie set to a live piano score composed by Anthony Flint.
Tuesday 28th | 7-9pm | FREE Recent Discoveries in the Solar System: Mercury, Venus and Future Missions in the Solar System (Part 4 of a series of 4)
Tuesday 28th | 5.30pm | £1 Philosophy Lecture: Plato And His Contributions To Philosophy, Education, And Science, A Lecture by George Amirhom Dimitri.
Plato was the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first University in the Western world. Along with his teacher, Socrates, and his pupil, Aristotle, Plato laid the foundations of Western philosophy and science. This lecture will look at Plato’s life and his views on education and men and women. It will also look at his theory of forms and his metaphysics, and how he categorized knowledge. This is followed by a description of the dialectic method, the ideal society he proposed, and an interpretation of his famous allegory of the cave.
Tuesday 28th | 7.30pm | FREE Zebra Publishing Book launch 'Letter From an Unknown Dog' is the first collection from Northumbrian writer and poet Ann Porro. Her poetry, like the public performances of her work is energizing, sometimes humorous and always entertaining.
Wednesday 29th | 7.30pm | £6/5 Folk Concert - John & Caroline Bushby - From Tasmania to Tyneside: A Musical Journey,
Originally from Tasmania, Australia, John and Caroline Bushby now live in Northumberland. They are highly regarded performers in Australia, and have worked widely with ABC radio and television.
John & Caroline are kindly donating all proceeds from this concert to the Lit & Phil.
Thursday 30th | 7.00pm | FREE Catherine Graham launching her new poetry collection 'Things I will put in my mother's pocket'. Newcastle poet Catherine Graham launches Things I Will Put In My Mother's Pocket (Indigo Dreams Publishing) Catherine's chapbook Signs (ID on Tyne Press) was one of The Poetry Kit's top five recommended books for 2011! Her pride in her working class Tyneside roots illuminate every line in this dazzling debut full collection.
Friday 31st | 1.10pm | FREE Lunchtime piano recital - Stephen Meakins
Stephen is one of the UK’s busiest young accompanists. A keen collaborator, he is in great demand as a chamber musician and has performed in major concert venues as both soloist and accompanist. Recent venues have included St Martin’s in the Fields, St George’s Bristol, Dartington Hall and Wigmore Hall. PROGRAMME: Beethoven - Sonata in Eb op. 31 no, 3 ; Poulenc - Three Novelettes; Scriabin - Sonata No.9, op. 68 (Black Mass) ; Rachmaninov - 2 Preludes, op. 23, nos 10 and 7.
Tuesday 4th | 6.00pm | FREE | Lecture | After Emily –Women and the Law with Julia Weatherall
Thursday 6th | 6.00pm | FREE | Exhibition Preview | Returning to the Philosophers' Table, curated by Dawn Felicia Knox
Tuesday 11th | 10.30am | £4/3 Deeds not Words: Suffragettes in Newcastle A Walking Tour
Tuesday 11th | 7.00pm | £10/8 Radio Revellers | Treasure Island
Wednesday 12th | 6pm | FREE | Mark Robinson Book Launch 'How I Learned To Sing' (Smokestack Books) Mark Robinson, former editor of Scratch poetry press and former Executive Director at Arts Council England, North East, will launch his first book in 15 years, How I Learned To Sing: New & Selected Poems, published by Smokestack Books. How I Learned to Sing is, amongst other things, a book about the industrial and cultural transformation of the North of England, from the Miners Strike to the Big Society – a series of bewildered elegies for people, times and places, variously tender, angry, surreal and grave. Mark will perform from the book and there may even be singing.
Thursday 13th | 6.00pm | £4/3 Deeds not Words: Suffragettes in Newcastle
A Walking Tour
Friday 14th 1.00pm | £3 Lunchtime Jazz @ The Lit & Phil | Graeme Wilson
Saturday 15th | 3.00pm | £3/2 The Sage Gateshead's Young Musicians Programme Concert of Vocal Music.
Monday 17th | 7.00pm | £5/3 Summer Phantoms at the Phil with Sean O'Brien, Gail-Nina Anderson and Ann Cleeves.
Tuesday 18th | 6.00pm | £8/6 | To Freedom's Cause: Thought provoking, funny and brutal new play about suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. Box Office 01434 652477. For more details please visit www.emilyinspires.co.uk
Saturday 22nd | 10.30-12.30 | FREE Workshop led by Beda Higgins - 'The short story' - What works and what doesn't. Mslexia short story winner and Read Regional Recommendation for her first collection CHAMELEON Her second collection will be published next year.
Monday 24th | 1.10pm | FREE Lunchtime recital - Rachel Dyson (soprano) & Nick Butters (piano) Northumbrian soprano Rachel Dyson is one of a select group of singers studying with the English National Opera Bass Graeme Danby. She has recently performed with Graeme at Hexham Abbey and on stage at the Customs House, South Shields. Nick Butters is a tutor at The Sage Gateshead's Centre for Advanced Training, a visiting piano teacher at The Kings School, Tynemouth and a regular accompanist for ABRSM grade and diploma exams around the region.
Tuesday 25th | 6.00pm | FREE Lecture | David Stannard | Wagner's Siegfried David discusses the third opera in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen ahead of Opera North's production at The Sage Gateshead on the 29th June.
Wednesday 26th | 7.30pm | £6/5 Violin Recital | Charlotte Rowan Charlotte Rowan has been captivating audiences with her dazzling virtuosity, commanding stage presence and imaginative spirit from an early age. Her charismatic performances explore repertoire ranging from the sonorities of J.S. Bach to the effortless charm of Kreisler and the Romantic virtuosic era.
Thursday 27th | 6pm | FREE | Exhibition | The Postcard: A Voyage of Discovery curated by Gail-Nina Anderson
Thursday 27th | 7.30pm | FREE Kitty Fitzgerald Book Launch
Saturday 29th | 7.30pm | £3/2 The Sage Gateshead's Young Musicians Programme Concert of Piano Music The Keyboard Programme at the Centre for Advanced Training is led by a team of three extremely experienced teachers who have also been in charge of the tuition of all piano students majoring in performance at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne for the last 15 years. They have a long track record of preparing students for conservatoire entrance as well as university entrance with considerable success.
Tuesday 16th July | 7.30pm | £12.00 (under 16 - £3 / concessions - £9.00) The Borrowdale Ensemble present... English Romantic Music of the Twentieth Century
The Borrowdale Ensemble are David Murray (piano), Loeki Poncin (violin), Stephen Shakeshaft (viola) and Rachel Sanders-Hewett (cello). Their programme will include Frederic Delius - Sonata no. 3 (violin & piano) adapted for viola by Lionel Tertis (1932), Edward Elgar - Miniatures for violin & piano (op. 22), and Michael Smith - Watendlath (piano).
Saturday 3rd August | 7.30pm | £10/8 Summer Chamber Concert - The Akenside Players
A newly-formed ensemble named after the physician and poet Mark Akenside, whose essay on 'The Pleasures of the Imagination,' inspired by the Northumberland countryside, was influential in shaping 18th century ideas on aesthetics and the perception of beauty. Individual members of the group have previously appeared with other ensembles at Greenwich International Early Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and on BBC Radio 3. In 2012 the Akenside Players won the Broadwood Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition.
Their recital will feature sonatas by Avison, Handel, Purcell, the Earl of Kelly, and Scots Airs arranged by Geminiani.
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In addition to the events listed here, there will be more events added to the list throughout the year. Please check here or in the library for details.