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.
Review: DULOG brighten up life with a wonderfully silly evening of Monty Python’s Spamalot.
Durham Cathedral’s summer organ recital series ends with Francesca Massey demonstrating a skillful blend of colour in a joyful programme of music by Wagner, Bach, Franck, Weir and Reger.
Durham Opera Ensemble sparkle in Jonathan Dove and Alasdair Middleton’s lively and witty operatic version of Mansfield Park.
The Sixteen singing music by Byrd and Tallis from Cantiones Sacrae. and by Arvo Pärt bring healing balm and a message of tolerance at the end of a troubled week.