Excitement building for passionate event

There are only a few days before the BBC’s flagship Easter programme is broadcast from the region. Two South Shields communities and others in Whitburn and Boldon have been working with artists to interpret themes based on the Stations of the Cross for the Great North Passion (GNP), which will be broadcast live on BBC… Read more

Poet and performers ready for passion

A ‘STAND-up poet’ is putting the finishing touches to her latest work which will be performed in front of a live TV audience. Kate Fox has been working with pupils from South Shields Community School and local community groups to develop a poem for the Great North Passion (GNP), a re-telling of Christ’s last hours,… Read more

Aerosol Ali makes his mark at Red House

An award-winning street artist with a global reputation is putting the finishing touches to a major project he’s been working on in Red House. Mohammed Ali has gained a worldwide following for his huge, thought-provoking urban art installations that he has created in cities across the globe. A Muslim, the aim of his art is… Read more

Your chance to sing live on BBC One

Hundreds of singers have answered the call to join a massed choir for a TV spectacular – but more are still needed. The first rehearsal for the Great North Passion (GNP) choir was held last weekend, when more than 200 singers attended. The choir will play a leading role in the GNP, a contemporary re-telling… Read more

Do you have a hidden talent

Do you love singing, dancing or drawing? Have you always wanted to play in a band, act on stage or create your own jewellery? A new arts project working in Sunderland and South Tyneside communities wants to find out what arts and cultural activities people want delivering in the areas they live. The Cultural Spring… Read more

Royal northern sinfonia to perform at Sunderland school

One of the country’s leading orchestras is to perform at a Sunderland school. The Royal Northern Sinfonia will perform a string of classical favourites at Red House Academy on Friday, March 28 (3.15pm). The event has been organised by the Cultural Spring, a £2m Arts Council funded project aimed at increasing arts engagement in areas… Read more

Fern Britton to present The Great North Passion

The BBC today revealed Fern Britton as the presenter of BBC One’s The Great North Passion, a contemporary and dramatic re-telling of the Passion story. Fern will join local community participants, including a 1,000-strong choir, and 12 artists who have created new work inspired by the stations of the cross, housed in 12 shipping containers… Read more

Passionate choir’s rallying call…

THE BBC has issued a rallying call to the region’s singers – come and join us! Experienced vocalists – and those with less experience but with plenty of enthusiasm – are wanted to join a massed choir for an ambitious, live TV broadcast on Good Friday. The choir will play a leading role in the… Read more

Local hero returns for the Great North Passion

A SOUTH Tyneside artist will play a leading role in the Great North Passion – the ambitious re-telling of Christ’s last hours that will be broadcast live on BBC One from South Shields on Good Friday. In the months leading up to the one-hour live event, a number of shipping containers will be housed within… Read more

Rockers working with a Great North Passion

TWO members of Sunderland’s most successful rock band are urging people to join them in the Great North Passion (GNP). Ross Millard and David ‘Jaff’ Craig are playing a leading role in the GNP, the ambitious re-telling of Christ’s last hours, that will be broadcast live from Bents Park in South Shields on BBC One… Read more