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Tuesday 27th July 2010
Concert Halls, Dinosaurs and Budget Air Travel

Here's The Independent piece resulting from my mishap at the Proms the other weekend. Just because we classical music lovers are dinosaurs, that doesn't mean we want to live in a swamp. And why going to a concert hall is too often like budget air travel...

I realise now that in the round-up of concert halls I like, I forgot to include The Sage, Gateshead, which is possibly the finest in the UK. Great hall, great location, great architecture, great atmosphere.

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August 5th, 2010
1:08 AM
Have you tried the Fairfield Hall in Croydon, reputed to have fine acoustics, according to musicians?

August 2nd, 2010
9:08 AM
I was quite astonished to see that your Independent article did not mention the internationally-renowned The Sage Gateshead and am glad you have belatedly put the record straight. This is an inspirational building where audiences are treated to fantastic views of the cityscape, day and night, as well as a packed programme of performances in an environment which is visually and acoustically stunning. It also has lots of community and learning activities - another thing you were asking for in your article. Transport is pretty good as well, with very regular "yellow buses" which connect with metros, buses and trains. I rally feel you should do another article to put the record straight!

July 27th, 2010
10:07 PM
The Sage is dramatically located on the banks of the River Tyne next to the famous Tyne Bridge (the prototype for the Sydney Harbour Bridge) But it is horrible to get to on public transport. Kings Place, on the other hand, is excellently located close to the biggest public transport hub in Europe. How clever is that?

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About Jessica Duchen

Jessica Duchen is a music journalist and the author of four novels, two biographies and several stage works. She writes regularly for The Independent and BBC Music Magazine. Her latest novel, Songs of Triumphant Love, is published by Hodder.

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