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Society are on song at Sage; Photographs showcase region's music scene.

Byline: Vicky Robson

IMAGES capturing the heart and soul of the region's music scene have gone on display in a unique exhibition.

From rock band Arctic Monkeys in concert in Newcastle to bell ringers in a church hall and violin makers, various aspects of musical life in the North East have been captured on camera.

The photographs were taken by members of the Durham Photographic Society under the theme of music and musicians in the North East.

Pictures showing a wide range of musical genres including rock, jazz, folk and classical, are all featured in the display - called The Music Factory - which is being showcased at The Sage Gateshead.

It is the society's second exhibition at the popular concert venue and follows an earlier one focused on the music of brass, in 2008, when they became the first club to have their work featured at the Sage.

Former society president Alan Stott co-ordinated the exhibition and said: "After our exhibition featuring the music of brass we felt The Sage was such a fine venue we wanted to follow it up with another show.

"The Sage management asked for exhibitions there to feature either music or pictures of local interest to Gateshead. We were best able to concentrate of providing musical scenes.

"When we asked our members for pictures I was amazed at both the quantity and the quality of the images submitted.

We were given so many good pictures that some of the show will be changed during December when the prints we take down will transfer to another exhibition in Durham Town Hall."

Other images in the exhibition include Doncaster singer Miss Marina Mae and Durham's Streets of Folk festival.

Durham Photographic Society is the largest camera club in the Northern Counties Photographic Federation, boasting 120 members.

The society has been sponsored by two organisations to help it cover the costs of printing images for The Music Factory exhibition. They are CRUSE Bereavement Care - a charity based in both Newcastle and Durham which helps people deal with bereavement - and computer ink firm Permajet.

The Music Factory will be on show in Explore Music at The Sage Gateshead until early next year.


IMAGES From left, Gitta Edelman's Dancing the Night Away; Joanne Gray's The Source Studio; Ian Stafford's picture of the Arctic Monkeys; and David Langly's Girls Rock PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND SONGS Alan Stott's photo of Amy, Streets of Folk
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:0ARCT
Date:Nov 3, 2010
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