A few months ago my husband surprised me by agreeing to accompany me
to my first Classical concert at The Sage, Gateshead
An evening of music including Elgar's Enigma variations
and my very favourite classical piece
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No1.
Performed by St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, reputedly the best!?
The tickets have sat on the mantelpiece since they arrived.
I rearranged my working week and then on Monday
my husband contracted a nasty virus and he couldn't take me.
Surprisingly however my 16 yr old daughter offered to go with me,
she seemed very genuine in her offer.
I prevaricated a while considering the weather,
the roadworks, the drive (again as we were there Friday see post).
With excitement gathering for both of us, we got ready,
filled the car with petrol,
at which inopportune time I realised I had left my debit card in Tk maxx 's machine,
undaunted I paid cash and we were on our way.
We made great time and daughter was whizz at navigating. We arrived and parked.
We were both agog at the beauty of the building before us...
this is a online pic as it was by now dark and I only
had my phone/camera,
so sorry if this is cheating but I do have other pics.
Inside the 'foyer' I attempted to take pics,
most were a bit fuzzy,
but I hope you can see something of the fab design.
The hall was lovely and had a personal feel, it didn't feel huge.
The design I'm sure lent to this impression.
The ceiling looked to me rather like piano keys, very apt I thought!
And this is teh first photo I took, which I think sums up my excitement.
My daughter told me I was actually shaking as we walked across to The Sage.
The concert was awesome and a tad overwhelming hearing the music for real!
My throat and chest went tight and my heart pounded, I thought for a moment I might cry.
Moannie told me it would feel like that.
I had no idea! We were both blown away.
Another memory created!
And daughter of mine, thanks for coming with me,
I'm thrilled you loved it too, you continue to amaze, surprise and impress me,
and even if you were the youngest there by nearly 40 years...