Music in Durham


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.

DUOS poster: watercolour effect of girl playing violin

DUOS: Ravel to Rachmaninov

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.

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either end of the SCALE 2: Stimmung

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.

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DOE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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.

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Organ recital – Francesca Massey

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.

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