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Photographer: Sophie Teasdale

We, The Crowd

"It was raw, it was from the heart, it was magic."
Audience member

What does music and football mean in people's lives?

This extraordinary collaboration with Sage Gateshead and Newcastle United Foundation brought together musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia, West End Voices community choir, young people from CHAT Trust, New Writing North's Young Writers City at Excelsior Academy and children at Hawthorn Primary. (Phew!)

Together they created a piece of music theatre performed at St James' Park on 23 November 2016. Over 50 people played and sang. Their stories were told through 3 stewards, who stand and watch the crowd week in, week out. Ultimately it told stories of togetherness. How football and music forge friendships and bring sometimes very different people together.

We, The Crowd was part of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's Sharing The Stage programme.

Photograph of a flute player in front of a community choir Photograph of musician Fred Phethean on the microphone Photograph of 3 female singers from the band, Gipsy Lipstick Photograph of singers from West End Voices choir Photograph of musician Fred Phethean smiling and conducting
Photograph of male singer from West End Voices smiling Photograph of two male singers from West End Voices laughing Photograph of young clarinet player Photograph of performer Kat Pierce smiling with arms in the air Photograph of a young rapper on the microphone

Production shots

Check out some of our production shots, taken by Sophie Teasdale (Von Fox Productions).





Director: Annie Rigby
Composer and Music Director: Fred Phethean
Stewards played by: Alex Elliott, Kat Pierce and Kat Davidson (West End Voices choir leader)
Royal Northern Sinfonia: Rachel Clegg (oboe), Peter Francomb (horn), Adrienn Kantor ( ute), Robin Kennard (bassoon), Jessica Lee (clarinet)
Backyard Rhythm Section: David French (drums), Alan Jones (guitar), Fred Phethean (keyboard), Katy Trigger (bass)
Performers: Myso Al-Mrabeh, Alfie Biggerstaff, Felicity Christian, Jasmine Dack, Rocco Dack, Natnael Daniel, Ruth Daniel, Kayleigh Davy, Demileigh Dillon, Hannah Robison, Jana Danova, Maria Danova, Denisa Dudova, Vanesa Gorolova, Mariana Kotlarova, Nada Milova, Kamila Mitrasova, Louis Thomas, Rosie Brito, Marjorie Burns, Anne Cullen, Joe Cullen, Linda Graham, Gwen Harvey, Sarah Haswell, Ann Honey, Marie Knight, Ellen Langan, Sophia Lee, Lauren McLean, Mary Nicholls, Tim Ohanaka, Chris Pickard, Linda Robinson, Linda Robson, Bill Shaw, Bill Sutherland, Ruth Taylor, Linda Thompson, Su Whisler, Gordon Young, Pat Young, Farouk Babatunde, Nick Balaz, Dylan Garratt, Lara Garratt, Yuri Neves, James Robson, Dylan Yearnshire
Stage Manager: Victoria Copeland
Production Manager: Simon Henderson
Sound: Ingram AV

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