My reviews of concerts in Durham. Full reviews on this page are written exclusively for this site. I generally buy my own tickets for concerts, especially when they are student or local amateur groups.
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.
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.