We offer extensive performing opportunities for students. We support many different kinds of activities, reflecting the all-embracing ideals of our musical interests.
The Performance Studies programmes at Newcastle are innovative and challenging, with an emphasis on combining first class one-to-one tuition with carefully structured training in different kinds of collective performance, providing a solid basis for successful musical practice in the future.
At both undergraduate and postgraduate level, students get the chance to work alongside professional musicians and to perform in public and we run a lively programme of concerts, recitals and gigs throughout the academic year.
Un Sospiretto performed by students at Newcastle Tyne Theatre and Opera House in May 2018, in a module led by Dr Lawrence Zazzo.
Tamara Kazziha, a Stage 3 Folk student, performs an End of Year Recital at Sage Gateshead, June 2017.
Performance of Acis and Galatea by students, part of the 'Performing Baroque Opera' module led by Dr Lawrence Zazzo.
We have a large collection of instruments for student use, including orchestral percussion, drum kits, guitar amplifiers and PA equipment, several Steinway grand pianos, an organ, harpsichord and fortepiano and a number of other early music instruments including a set of viols, baroque bows and sackbuts.
You are also able to take advantage of the huge variety of excellent musical life outside the University, for example at The Sage Gateshead, where world class music of every kind is performed almost every day (and where students enjoy excellent concessionary ticket prices). The Sage Gateshead is home to the world-class Royal Northern Sinfonia and to Folkworks. There are also dozens of other venues in the city, mostly within walking distance of the campus, where you can enjoy music of just about any kind, from excellent folk, jazz, rock, pop and free-improvisation to opera, world music, dance and theatre.