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Friday, April 25, 2014

SAGE GATESHEAD LEADERSHIP TO CHANGE

General Director Anthony Sargent CBE announces he’ll stand down in early 2015 after venue’s 10th birthday
Anthony Sargent has announced that he will stand down after 15 years as General Director in April 2015, following the venue’s 10th Birthday in December 2014.
In addition, Katherine Zeserson, who has been Director of Learning and Participation at the venue since 2002, has said she will also be moving on in early 2015.
Anthony Sargent, who was awarded the CBE in July 2013 and also currently chairs the International Society of Performing Arts based in New York, said:
“Sage Gateshead has been the longest chapter of my life I’ve ever committed to a single project. It’s been an enormously fulfilling 15 years, and I’m proud beyond words of the extraordinary team of staff, musicians and board colleagues whose achievements have together given Sage Gateshead such an internationally acclaimed first decade. Working with them has been a daily inspiration, seeing Sage Gateshead now so vividly established as one of the international triumphs of a region with so much cultural success to be proud of. I’m looking forward very much to our 10th Birthday celebrations, and then to seeing all the new developments and triumphs of Sage Gateshead’s second decade building on the foundations we’ve established so far”
Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Chairman of Sage Gateshead, said:
“The fact that Sage Gateshead has established a national and international reputation as one of the great venues of the world is due to the tireless dedication and leadership of Anthony Sargent. He leaves an extraordinary legacy of achievement and an organisation that is recognised as one of the very finest centres for music performances and education. I also pay great tribute to Katherine Zeserson, whose leadership in the field of music education is recognised internationally. Both Anthony and Katherine have made an enormous contribution to the cultural landscape of both the North East and the UK, and I thank them enormously.”
Katherine Zeserson, who as Director of Learning and Participation has developed Sage Gateshead’s reputation as an international leader in music education, said:
“Helping to shape and lead Sage Gateshead since 2001 has been an extraordinary and deeply rewarding experience. I am enormously proud of the reach and impact of our work over the last decade and the transformation to which the company has contributed in the cultural landscape and communities of the North East. I know that the organisation’s commitment to access and excellence as indivisible defining principles will continue undimmed, and the
organisation’s national and international leadership in the field of music education will grow in strength through the outstanding work of the Learning and Participation team.”
Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:
“In the past 10 years, Sage Gateshead has become an internationally renowned institution visited by approximately half a million people a year. It is a home for music and musical discovery for people of all ages and backgrounds, and has helped bring about a long-term and widespread change for the North East, consolidating Tyneside's position as a world-class cultural hub’’.
Speaking of Mr. Sargent, Alan Davey added:
“Anthony Sargent has shown passion and insight in his role as General Director of this triumphant organisation, creating a sustainable future for one of the UK’s most popular venues.”
Cllr Mick Henry CBE, Leader of Gateshead Council, said:
“Anthony has made a remarkable contribution to the huge success that Sage Gateshead has enjoyed during its first decade. He's worked tirelessly to create a world-class venue with an international reputation, of which we are all incredibly proud. Anthony has played a key role in leading Sage Gateshead to deliver an ambitious vision, bringing a phenomenal range of music to many thousands of people, of all ages and backgrounds, from Gateshead and beyond."
Speaking of Katherine Zeserson, Professor Graham F Welch, Chair of Music Education, University of London, said:
“Katherine Zeserson has been an inspirational national and international figure in her championing of the value of structured musical engagement in community settings. She has worked closely and tirelessly with her team at Sage Gateshead to create one of the world's leading centres of lifespan music education. The breadth, reach and quality of the work in the North East of England and beyond is exemplary and owes much to her personal drive and vision, as well as her ability in enabling partnership and collegiality. As a result of her leadership, Sage Gateshead's Learning and Participation programme is the most extensive in Europe. Her contribution to music education over the past decade and more has been outstanding.”
Lord Falconer added that an international search for a new leadership team will begin in the late spring, and he hoped that new appointments could be announced in the autumn.

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