A gentle, prayerful Monteverdi Vespers with some ravishing solo singing, performed one-per-part by the Bishop’s Consort in Durham Cathedral Chapter House.
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornets and Durham Cathedral Choir bring the glorious sounds of early Venetian brass music to Durham Cathedral.
Contemporary music from the rich choral traditions of Northern Europe (including a hat-trick of Baltic composers) forms the basis of a wonderfully peaceful summer concert by Northern Spirit Singers.
A riotously fun production of Will Todd’s jazz opera, Alice in Wonderland, performed in the gardens of St John’s College by Durham Opera Ensemble. There are two more performances and the weather forecast looks good, so grab a picnic rug and get a ticket.
The first concert of DurhamKLANG17 contemporary music festival showcased some wonderfully colourful and contrasting works by Eric Egan and his postgraduate composition students.
Madrigals, folksongs and modern sacred music, stylishly sung by St Andrew’s Madrigal Group, visiting Ushaw College chapel on their UK tour.
From a solo oboe to the blaze of the full symphony orchestra, Durham University Orchestral Society trod a carefully plotted path in their Epiphany term concert, in which each piece on the programme added to what had gone before, from the Chamber Orchestra’s delicate colouring of Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin to a punchy performance of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances.
The Ives Ensemble and Forum Neue Vokalmusik go from the quantum to the cosmological in the second concert of MUSICON’s “either end of the SCALE” series. The strange beauty of Stockhausen’s “Stimmung” left me entranced, and gave me an excuse to reference Tolkien in a review.
I was delighted to see Durham Opera Ensemble choosing Britten for this year’s Gala show. A Midsummer Night’s dream was a big challenge but the final result was a very enjoyable performance, with some excellent singing.
A diverse and enjoyable programme, ranging from Monteverdi to Spiderman, by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship Octet, at Ushaw College as part of Durham Vocal Festival.