BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

The Listening Service Anger in Music

Sage Two

To guarantee your ticket, book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

The Listening Service is Radio 3’s innovative programme aimed at bringing fresh audiences to classical music. Each week, Tom Service introduces a different way of listening to and imagining a musical idea. How do composers begin a piece of music? Why is repetition so important in all kinds of music, from pop to classical? When does noise become music? In short – how does music actually work?

Today at Sage Gateshead Tom explores the way music can induce, express and exorcise anger! His guest is the “Queen of Shred” Berit Hagen, aka The Commander-in-Chief – heavy metal guitarist and soprano.

Presenter of Radio 3’s Music Matters and The Listening Service, Tom Service studied music at the University of York. He writes for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian and his TV documentaries include a 6-part series of 20th century classics at the Proms for BBC Four. He has also written books called Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras and Full of Noises: Interviews with the composer Thomas Adès.


For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 1 March.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2019

Welcome to the Free Thinking Festival from BBC Radio 3. All weekend here at Sage Gateshead we’re gathering together a throng of talented individuals to wrestle, debate and celebrate the theme of this year’s festival: Emotion. Whether it’s the angry turn in contemporary politics,...

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