A beautifully sung and well-chosen programme of 20th century and contemporary music for Advent and Christmas from DUCC.
There are Messiahs of all shapes and sizes coming to Durham this Christmas season – here’s my run-down of what’s on offer.
Even as a fully paid-up Handel opera fan, I’ll admit that Radamisto wasn’t one of his better efforts. The music is perfectly pleasant but apart from one or two good arias, it’s a little bit Handel-by-numbers. It’s not one for listening to on it’s own, but cut down to a couple of hours, and staged in another of English Touring Opera’s simple and beautiful productions, it made a very enjoyable evening.
A highly enjoyable concert by Prince Bishop’s Brass at Ushaw College, with music ranging from the Renaissance through to the twentieth century.
A rare opportunity to hear Handel’s 1720 ‘Esther’ in an extremely enjoyable performance given by Opera dei Lumi at Ushaw College.
St James Baroque join with Durham Cathedral Choir and Daniel Cooke to celebrate Bach’s joyful trumpet music as part of Durham BRASS festival.
Former Durham Cathedral chorister Zoë Jackson, and recent Durham University graduate Peter Dunn talk to Music in Durham about their experiences with Samling Academy and their preparations for the upcoming Samling Academy Opera baroque double-bill.
St Oswald’s church are launching a campaign to restore their organ. David Harris, Director of Music at the church, told me more about this unusual organ and why its restoration will pay tribute to the vision of the people who designed and built it.
A moving performance of Britten’s “Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac” by Philippe Durrant, Lewis Cullen and Francesca Massey, preceded by gently radiant English songs from Purcell and Handel to Britten and Howells.
Durham Cathedral choir give their first ever concert at Ushaw with a superbly constructed programme that threaded together the Anglican and Catholic choral traditions.