New twitter account

Music in Durham now has its own twitter account – you can follow @musicdurham for reminders about upcoming concerts, and links to other relevant pages.

My personal twitter account is @altojane

Northern Spirit in Choir of the Year final

Huge congratulations to Northern Spirit Singers who have made it through to the category finals of Choir of the Year 2014. They will perform at the Royal Festival Hall on 19 October, alongside two choirs from Wales and one from Dorset in the Adult Choir category, and twelve choirs in the other three categories.

Best of luck to Northern Spirit – they’re an awesome group of singers and I’m sure they’ll do brilliantly.

ETO – autumn ticket offer

English Touring Opera have just announced their dates in Durham for their autumn productions. Following their triple bill of baroque opera last year, they’re bringing us more Handel on 5 November – this time it’s Ottone – one of his finest tragedies, packed with arias that are regularly performed in concert. The other production, on 4 November is Haydn’s witty comedy Life on the Moon. Tickets for each are £26 but there’s an early bird offer – use code ETO EARLY BIRD by phone or in person, and get tickets for both shows for just £43

DCYC Messiah soloists

Durham County Youth Choir have sent me details of their soloists for their Messiah on Saturday 26 April. The list includes choir alumni and current members: Sopranos: Joanna Burton, Elinor Chapman, Debra Morley and 6th former Katie Button Altos: Helen Bruce, Vanessa Dinning and Claire McKay Tenors: Mark Anyan, Michael Beaney, John Davies, David Harris and 6th former Daniel Robson Basses: Duncan Brown, Ian Gray, Jim Morgan and  Y11 Hugh Morris. There will be around 150 past and present members of the choir making up the chorus, including one who has travelled all the way from San Diego!

Durham Alumni sing Dyson world premiere

The post I saw on Facebook about this concert says “imagine if Dyson in D lasted around 50 minutes and was scored for full orchestra… ” – which seems like a pretty tempting prospect to me. The work in question is the world première of George Dyson’s choral symphony ‘O Give Thanks unto the Lord’ which takes place in London tomorrow night (Thursday 12 March). The concert is being put on in association with Durham University Music Society, with choir and soloists drawn from Durham University alumni and the programme also includes the university’s chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen singing Vaughan Williams’ …