A beautifully sung and well-chosen programme of 20th century and contemporary music for Advent and Christmas from DUCC.
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.
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.
Bach the theologian was at the heart of a small-scale St John Passion that shone with triumphant glory, sung by the Bishop’s Consort, directed by David Stancliffe.
The Clerks bring a fascinating story of how an unknown English composer revolutionised church music, illustrated with effortlessly beautiful and expressive singing
Opera dei Lumi returned to Handel’s original version of Messiah, as performed in Dublin in 1742, giving a dramatic and expressive performance that was full of surprises.