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Swap chocolates for concerts at The Glasshouse

Posted on 29 February 2024

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, The Glasshouse International Centre for Music invites audiences to treat the mother figures in their lives. There’s no denying chocolates are delicious, but the gift of music is extra yummy. 

Royal Northern Sinfonia kicks off Mother’s Day weekend with Night at the Musicals on Friday, 8 March. Find more classics than a box of Milk Tray as fans tap their toes to songs from Mamma Mia, The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz and more.

Looking for tickets as presents? Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony by Philharmonia Orchestra on Friday, 5 April, is fancier than a Ferrero Rocher. Audiences will hear arguably the greatest finale of all time.

As rare as getting the Maltesers in a box of Celebrations, hear Schumann’s forgotten choral masterpiece Paradise and the Peri played on Sunday, 14 April, with soloist Louise Alder and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

A Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer is good, but Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony is even better. Catch the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on Friday, 19 April.

Swap Terry’s All Gold for the Golden Age of Hollywood on Sunday, 21 April, and see the laugh-out-loud screening of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. Royal Northern Sinfonia plays the score live.

What colour is the wrapper for Lindt dark chocolate? Blue, of course! Music lovers of the 2000s can see the boy band in action on Friday, 26 April, for their greatest hits tour.

Luxurious as a Cadbury’s Flake, Postmodern Jukebox transports new and old pop hits into bygone eras like 1920s jazz and Motown on Sunday, 28 April, and using songs instead of chocolate for emotional comfort, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac entertain on Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 May.

Finally, for anyone who’s a tad on the fussy side, a gift voucher from the Glasshouse is always a lovely idea.


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Beverley Knight: 0191 443 4583


Philharmonia Orchestra: Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony – image Credit Luca Migliore

Schumann’s Paradise – image of Louise alder. Credit Gerad Collet

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Schiff’s Mendelssohn – image Credit  Nadia F Romanini

Charlie Chaplin Modern Times – image

Blue – image

Postmodern Jukebox – image

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac – image

Notes for editors:

A Night at the Musicals – Friday 8 March | 7.30pm

Philharmonia Orchestra: Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony – Friday 5th April | 7.30pm

Schumann’s Paradise – Sunday 14 April | 3pm

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Schiff’s Mendelssohn – Friday 19 April | 7.30pm

Charlie Chaplin Modern Times – Sunday 21 April | 3pm

Blue – Friday 26 April | 7:30pm

Postmodern Jukebox – Sunday 28 April | 7:30pm

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May | 7:30pm

The Glasshouse International
Centre for Music

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music is a home for live music lovers.

It’s a place where you can hear rock legends or pop icons on the same night as folk trios or string quartets. Where new musicians are nurtured and showcased on the same stages as platinum-selling performers. And where youth choirs and tambourine-shaking toddlers practise in the same spaces as its acclaimed orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia

Because as an international centre for music they’re focused on creating and celebrating outstanding music – whether that’s unearthing or growing talent from the region or bringing the world’s best artists to their stages. And as a charity they’re focused on making sure all of that is available to anyone – no matter where you’re from, how old you are, how much money you have, or what challenges you face.

Which is why every year more than 2 million people are able to join for top-notch gigs, concerts, and classes – in their venue at Gateshead Quays, out in communities across the North East, and through livestreamed performances and digital lessons.

Whether you’re making it up or taking it in, you’ll find music lives and grows there.


More about The Glasshouse International Centre for Music

  • From global stars to artists starting out, The Glasshouse has hosted 10,022 performances, totalling 4.7m tickets. To have seen every performance would have meant seeing one show every day for 27 years.
  • It’s hosted over 220,000 music lessons for North East folk. The region’s young people have learnt to play, sing or produce with us, on over 1.7m occasions.
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia perform at The Glasshouse, tour the region, and have played to international audiences on four continents, with livestreams reaching people across five.
  • Like stepping stones, artists like Ward Thomas have worked their way from their free stages to selling out its big hall and getting global recognition.
  • The Glasshouse regularly opens its doors to a wide range of conferences and events. Since 2004, they’ve welcome over 400,000 delegates from the likes of Greggs, NHS and British Engines, and many, many more.
  • The charity is one of Gateshead’s biggest employers, and so far it’s generated £500m of economic value to the region.
  • The charity has been the proud guardians of The Glasshouse for almost 20 years, safeguarding it when live music was put on hold during the pandemic.
  • The centre has 630 panes of glass and stands 40m tall.