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September 10, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

‘Howay the Lasses’ – Public Concert


With our deepest respect, Howay the Lasses concert will go ahead as planned. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family...

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With our deepest respect, Howay the Lasses concert will go ahead as planned. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and those in mourning at this time. We will hold a minutes silence at the beginning of the concert to mark our respect.

Join us for this special concert to close our Game Changers summer anniversary festival, celebrating 170 years of the Mining Institute, and 150 years of The Common Room building – home to the Institute and some of the region’s biggest ‘Game Changers’ since 1872.

About ‘Howay the Lasses’

This public concert is a musical tribute to the scientists, inventors, engineers & creatives who helped shape the North East and the country! Come and be entertained by musical tales of daring, disaster, perseverance, intrigue and invention.

Join award-winning musicians, pianist/accordianist/songwriter ANNIE BALL, cellist KATIE TERTELL and singer-songwriter GARETH DAVIES-JONES, for an engaging and accomplished evening of folk acoustic music, with original songs, stirring tunes and a curiosity of tales – each with their own unique character.

Combining over 30 years of touring experience, Annie, Katie and Gareth bring a range of instruments, wit and wisdom, to guide you through the life and times of women engineers like Rachel Parsons, notable historic figures such as Roman writer, Severa and pioneering inventors like Janet Taylor.

Tickets are free, however we recommend a voluntary donation of £5.00 per booking. The Common Room is a charity – the work we do to preserve our building and archive’s rich heritage and to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers (our future ‘Game Changers’) would not be possible without your kind donations and the support of our funders.

To find out more about ‘Howay the Lasses’, visit their Facebook Page

Date and Timings

Saturday 10th September 2022

Doors: 6:00pm

Start: 6:30pm

15-30-minute interval: 7:15pm

Event close: approx. 8:30pm

Booking information

Each person attending, including adults accompanying children, must have their own ticket.

Tickets are free, but if you would like to make a small donation to support the charitable work of The Common Room, it would be hugely appreciated.

If you can no longer attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your ticket so someone else may take your place, as demand is very high. Donations can be refunded upon request, if you need to cancel your ticket.

About our Game Changers anniversary festival

The Common Room is hosting a free anniversary festival throughout the summer, celebrating the North East’s mining and engineering past, present and future innovations. The festival, called ‘Game Changers’, is delivered in partnership with the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (known to many as the Mining Institute) and will offer something for everyone, from live music, family science shows and workshops, to an exhibition and unique building tours.

The festival marks 170 years of the Mining Institute and 150 years of The Common Room building, which has been the home of the Institute and some of the region’s most pioneering minds – or ‘Game Changers’ – throughout the years, including engineers Robert Stephenson, Lord Armstrong and Nicholas Wood.

Our headline exhibition and festival’s namesake, ‘Game Changers’, will be open to the public between Saturday 16th July to mid-September on select dates – if you are joining us for an event this summer, the exhibition will be open that day. Book a general admission ticket to find out what other dates the exhibition is open this month. The exhibition will uncover the Game Changers – individuals, inventions and innovations – tied to the Institute throughout its now 170-year lifespan, and will also look to the future of innovation in the North East.

The Game Changers anniversary festival has been made possible thanks to National Lottery Players, via funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To find out more, click here.

Additional information

Location: Wood Hall, The Common Room, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE

Children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult.

Our building is fully accessible – if you have any queries about accessibility, please contact lucy.stockdale@thecommonroom.org.uk

The Common Room is taking a number of precautions to mitigate the risk to the public regarding COVID-19. Visitors will be encouraged to wear a face-covering (unless they have a medical exemption) and to practice social distancing. For further information on our COVID-19 protocol please visit https://thecommonroom.org.uk/about-the-common-room/



September 10, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Common Room
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
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