• 27 - 30 SEPT 2021

Interview on cross-sector activities and community engagement

Session 9 | Friday, 31.5.2013 | 12:15-12:45 | MAK Lounge

The Sage Gateshead, an iconic Norman Foster building on the banks of the River Tyne, has come to symbolise the potential for an arts venue to be physically, educationally and artistically at the heart of a community. It is home to the Northern Sinfonia and presents music ranging from Bach to James Brown. It also has a number of local partnerships, including Folkworks, a project that gives local people the opportunity to play traditional music. As the venue approaches its 10th birthday, this session will examine the role of cultural centres in a broad context. Can high quality new architecture influence and sustain the arts in a community? Is non-genre-based planning good? Is the term ‘classical music’ useful? Can educational and professional practice be integrated? Should artistic planning be driven by a local community?

The session will be continued as a structured group discussion (see session 10) after the world café model.


Katherine Zeserson (UK/US)

Director of learning and participation, The Sage Gateshead

Katherine Zeserson has been The Sage Gateshead’s director of learning and participation since 2002 and is responsible for the strategic design, direction and implementation of the organisation’s learning programmes. She has an international reputation as a music education and leadership trainer currently working with colleagues in Europe and Brazil. (Photo: Mark Savage)

Interviewed by

Peter WIegold (UK)

Composer, conductor and head of music research, Brunel University

Peter Wiegold is a leading innovator in British music working across cultures collaborating with musicians from Asia and Africa. His own ensemble 'notes inégales' combine scores with improvisation and play regularly at their 'club inégales' in London. As Head of Music Research at Brunel University he directs the think tank for new music-making 'Institute of Composing', and the 'Brunel Institute for Contemporary Middle-Eastern Music'. Wiegold's compositions include "He is armoured without" for the BBC Proms and "The End of the Line", an opera at Manchester Piccadilly Railway station. In 2008, Wiegold was appointed ‘Artist-in-Association’ with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He has conducted as renowned ensembles as the Composers Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta and the Symphony Nova Scotia.

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