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Free Thinking Festival 2014 Special

From Sage Gateshead, Sean Rafferty presents a special edition to launch the 2014 Free Thinking Festival. With live music and guests in front of an invited audience.

Sean Rafferty presents a special In Tune to launch Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas, live from Sage Gateshead.

There's live music from members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, pianist Alexandra Dariescu, Northumbrian pipe player Alistair Anderson and friends, jazz pianist/singer Joe Stilgoe, and and an illustrious line-up of Free Thinking guests who will be appearing at events throughout the weekend-long festival, including:

Elif Shafak, Turkey's leading female novelist

Noted historian of religion Karen Armstrong, who will give the festival's opening lecture later tonight

Prize-winning Northumberland author David Almond, who writes novels for adults and children

Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Alun Withey, whose current special interest is beards

and the Rt Hon. the Lord Falconer of Thoroton, who was the Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs in Tony Blair's government and is currently the Shadow Spokesperson for Constitutional and Deputy Priministerial Issues. He is also Chairman of Sage Gateshead.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Miller Anderson

    Time and Tide (from Lindisfarne Gospels)

  • Arthur Sullivan

    Love, unrequited, robs me of my rest (from Iolanthe)

    Performer: Richard Suart. Orchestra: D’Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra.
  • The Beach Boys

    I just wasn’t made for these times

    Performer: Joe Stilgoe.
  • Georges Bizet

    Je crois entendre encore (from The Pearl Fishers)

    Performer: Alain Vanzo. Orchestra: Sofia National Opera Orchestra.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No.4 in E minor: Allegro giocoso

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
  • Noël Coward

    A Room with a View

    Performer: Joe Stilgoe.
  • Monteverdi Choir

    L’Orfeo – Act 5: Chorus of nymphs and shepherds

    Ensemble: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Flute Quartet in D major K285 – 1st mvt: Allegro

    Ensemble: Members of Royal Northern Sinfonia.
  • Johann Pachelbel


    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
  • Joe Stilgoe

    Nobody Cares Like Me

  • Karol Szymanowski

    Prelude in C minor Op.1 No.7

    Performer: Alexandra Dariescu.
  • Traditional Northumbrian

    Risty Gulley/The Lads of Alnwick

    Performer: Alistair Anderson. Performer: Emily Ball.
  • Alistair Anderson & Emily Ball

    Hidden Hexham

  • Alistair Anderson & Emily Ball

    Peacock Blue/East Winds

  • Alistair Anderson & Emily Ball

    Time and Tide - from A Lindisfarne Gospel


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