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Sage Gateshead to get an extra £1.1 million

The extra £1.1 million will help the Sage pay for education programmes and musical performances. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Sage Gateshead is to get an extra £1.1 million in funding.

The money will come from Sage Group, the major Newcastle-based software company, which has been supporting the music venue since it opened in 2004.

The cash will pay for education programmes and musical performances. The new money brings the total amount raised during the Sage's 10th birthday appeal to £5.2 million.

The Sage as seen from a vantage point in Newcastle. Credit: PA

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The Sage to celebrate its 10th birthday

A view of the Sage alongside the Tyne Bridge at sunrise. Credit: PA
The Sage will celebrate its 10th birthday today with an evening of surprise performances. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
A view of the Newcastle Quayside from inside the Sage. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Sage Gateshead will celebrate its 10th birthday today with an evening of surprise performances.

The music venue on the banks of the Tyne first opened its doors on 17 December 2004.

Organisers of tonight's event say audience members will see the building, designed by architect Norman Foster, in a new light.

Choir of children to join Beverley Knight at Sage show

Beverley Knight Credit: PA

A choir of children from the region will join soul queen Beverley Knight for Sage Gateshead’s 10th Birthday Party.

This December, Sage Gateshead turns ten. Staff there will host a six-day long party from 16 to 21 December.

MOBO winner Beverley Knight will be joined on stage by a massed choir of ten year old children - all born in 2004, when the venue first opened. 100 boys and girls will take part.

Many primary schools are getting involved including Hadrian, Laygate, St John’s, Wingrove, Broadwood, Canning Street, Bridgewater, St Peter’s RC and Springwell Village.

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