To coincide with the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East of England for a major exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery, the Sage Gateshead and the Royal Northern Sinfonia presented a special concert featuring the rarely heard work, John Tavener’s Supernatural Songs. Dame Sarah Connolly, a renowned champion of Tavener’s music, was the soloist, alongside Royal Northern Sinfonia, conducted by James Weeks.

To accompany the performance, we commissioned a brand-new film work by Newcastle-based studio, NOVAK, taking inspiration from the Lindisfarne Gospels and Tavener’s deeply spiritual and meditative music.

Performed live at Sage Gateshead on Friday 23 September 2022.


Supernatural Songs – John Tavener
James Weeks: conductor
Dame Sarah Connolly: mezzo-soprano
Royal Northern Sinfonia

Creative Team

Concert Film Director: Mary Crothers
Sound Mix: Richard Halling Stream provided by 8 Live

Event film
Direction, Editing and Event Playback: NOVAK
Drone Operator: James Winnifrith

Concert photography: Tyne Sight