Durham University Choral Society with soloist Phil Normand sing Vaughan Williams and Stanford and rise to the challenge of Parry’s ‘Songs of farewell’.
The Pont Neuf becomes a musical thoroughfare, conveying the gossip and politics of 17th century Paris in this absorbing performance by Badinage.
DUOS ended their year with an impressive journey through contrasting symphonies by Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev and ending with a thrilling Mahler 5.
Music inspired by the Russian orthodox tradition of searching for God’s light through stillness, sung magnificently by Durham University Chamber Choir.
A blast of energy with an explosive concert by Red Priest of their new programme ‘Truly, Madly Baroque’ opening the SRP National Festival at Ushaw College.
An enchanting programme of Schubert, Shostakovich and Ravel.
EXAUDI examine the expressive heights of Italian madrigal writing, both old and (very) new.
Guest review by Hugh Morris: “Breaking in the New Year with Bach”: the Durham Singers and Samling Institute soloists perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio:
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.