Music in Durham


Composer Ailsa Dixon in woodland

Introducing Ailsa Dixon’s Music

Composer Ailsa Dixon studied at Durham in the 1950s. Ahead of a concert celebrating her music, her daughter Josie Dixon tells Ailsa’s story and introduces the music on the programme.

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Restoring St Oswald’s organ

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.

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What’s new

I changed the look of the site a little while ago, and this week during the snow-days I’ve been making a few more tweaks and updates which I hope will be useful to visitors and concert organisers.

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Join Ushaw College’s new choir

Ushaw College is looking for singers to join a new choir based at the college. The choir will revive the college’s choral tradition by singing Vespers services in St Cuthbert’s Chapel several times a year, as well as giving concerts.

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Daniel Cook outside Durham Cathedral

Interview: meet Daniel Cook, Durham’s new organist

Daniel Cook takes up the post of Organist and Master of the Choristers at Durham Cathedral in the Autumn. The cathedral’s central role in in our musical world and in our wider community means that this is undoubtedly one of the most important musical jobs in the North East. In this interview for Music in Durham, Daniel talks about coming home to his dream job, the important and inspiring task of training young choristers and the musicians that inspire him.

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