Music in lockdown Durham

Music in lockdown Durham

Music news, concert listings and reviews will be back. For now, some listening.



Music in Durham is dedicated to bringing you classical music listings, previews, reviews and news for Durham, with a bit of random blogging thrown in. The what’s on pages bring together classical music events from across the City and the University, so whether you’re looking for a great concert to go to, or if you’re planning something and want to avoid clashes, this is the place to look.

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If you’re planning a classical music or jazz concert, in Durham City or the nearby villages, and you’d like to have it included on my events page, you can send me the details via the form here:

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About Me

This site is run by Jane Shuttleworth. I spend as much of my life as I can get away with absorbed in music – listening, performing, reading, writing – and telling other people about it. This site is a place for me to bring all these together, and, I hope to provide something useful for other people in Durham while I’m at it. My interests are choral music, early music and modern music. 

Latest posts

Letter to Mary Foy from Durham musicians
A letter from Durham musicians MP Mary Kelly Foy asking for amateur musicians to granted the same guidance as professionals under the new government Covid-19 regulations.
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Florence Price – Violin Concerto No.2
I'm trying to do my own tiny bit to recognise diversity in classical music, and the obvious place to start is Florence Price.
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Haydn Op76 string quartets
Haydn's string quartets have been providing a welcome refuge from another week of bad-temper and turbulence in British politics.
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Berlioz – La Damnation de Faust
After too long basically ignoring Berlioz, I decided I should go on the rollercoaster journey with Faust and Mephistopheles.
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Vaughan Williams, Symphony No.3
Getting past folksongs, hymns and that Lark – a BBC4 documentary prompted me to explore Vaughan Williams' symphonic response to the First World War.
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Introducing – The Captive Audience
Introducing my new lockdown listening project, in which I explore some of the gaping holes in my collection in a musical version of snog-marry-avoid.
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Latest reviews

Review – DUCC Longings and Lamentations
Durham University Chamber Choir show technically brilliant singing and musical sensitivity in a fascinating programme of contrasts.
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Durham Opera Ensemble – Eugene Onegin
Excellent singing and characterisation in Durham Opera Ensemble's small scale Eugene Onegin at the Assembly Rooms.
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EXAUDI: Cruel ecstasy
EXAUDI, directed by James Weeks, probe the brutal extremities of Gesualdo's passions, along with music by Christopher Fox and Patrick Hegarty.
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DUCS: 20th century renaissance
Durham University Choral Society with soloist Phil Normand sing Vaughan Williams and Stanford and rise to the challenge of Parry's 'Songs of farewell'.
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Badinage: Voice of the Bridge
The Pont Neuf becomes a musical thoroughfare, conveying the gossip and politics of 17th century Paris in this absorbing performance by Badinage.
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DUOS A Symphonic Journey
DUOS ended their year with an impressive journey through contrasting symphonies by Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev and ending with a thrilling Mahler 5.
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You might have found your way here because you’re looking for the university’s student music site, in which case you need to go to, but I hope you’ll have a look around here too.

If you’re planning a concert, or if you have any other music news, please tell me about it.