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.

DOE: A smouldering Spanish Carmen

Durham Opera Ensemble’s unmistakably Spanish Carmen, with strong performances from Sophia Smith Galer, Philippe Durrant, James Quitmann and Clare Ward, and a swelteringly hot orchestra and chorus.

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The Clerks: The Secret Life of J.S. Bach

In a dazzlingly inventive and entertaining programme, The Clerks, with organist William Whitehead, explore episodes from the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, telling stories from his youth, putting us into the shoes of his earliest musical colleagues, and filling in some blanks in his own notebook.

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DUCC Haydn ‘Nelson’ & Britten St Nicolas

Durham University Choral Society make a big impact in Clare Lawrence-Wills’s first concert as conductor, bounding joyfully through Haydn’s Nelson Mass and giving an absolutely gripping performance of Britten’s cantata ‘St Nicolas’.

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Orchestra Cipriani: A new musical voice

A bright new voice in Durham’s musical as Orchestra Cipriani, a new chamber orchestra conducted by Lewis Wilkinson gave a well-polished and very enjoyable concert of works by Mendelssoh, Beethoven, Malcolm Arnold and Steve Robson.

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Renaissance: Lamenta

The rich spread of sixteenth century choral music in miniature, in a short concert given by five singers from Renaissance: Camilla Harris, Jessica Gillingwater, Hugo Hymas, David Le Prevost and Ben Rowarth.

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Northern Spirit Singers: Cantus Mundi

A review of Northern Spirit Singers’ new digital album, Cantus Mundi, a round-the-world tour that takes in Europe, Russia, the Americas, India and Durham showcasing the choir’s talent for both the exciting and the sublime.

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