Music in Durham


What I’m doing and what I’m thinking.

Singing Spem

My overwhelming experience of singing Thomas Tallis’s Spem in Alium for the first time, in a workshop with Oxford’s Schola Cantorum, led by James Burton

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Musical one-a-day

Having been thrown back into to cold hard world of a proper job, I came up with a musical one-a-day rule to keep my soul intact.

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The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage workshop

As part of their annual Choral Pilgrimage tour, The Sixteen run a series of choral workshops, based on their concert repertoire. There was a nice link this year, via John Sheppard, to a Durham Singers concert next March, so two of us went to the choral workshop at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh.

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Ushaw College: open for music

Ushaw College is opening its doors to the world, and I’m involved in planning a series of concerts in the amazing spaces that the college offers. There’ll be jazz, folk and classical concerts, in the gothic magnificence of St Cuthbert’s chapel, in the theatre and in the informal, relaxed setting of the former reading room. I’m very excited about the possibilities the college buildings offer for music and about the concerts we’ve got lined up.

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Durham Singers Byrd workshop

Some notes from the Durham Singers’ workshop on William Byrd given by Robert Hollingworth, musical director of the vocal ensemble I Fagiolini, in preparation for our next concert.

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Baroque ornamentation workshop

Some notes from the workshop I attended on baroque ornamentation run by Evelyn Nallen for the Durham Branch of Society of Recorder Players – with useful reminders for me of what we learnt.

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