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.

NYCGB and Durham Music Service band and choir

Play it again: Durham Music Service, NYCGB

An impressive and entertaining evening of jazz classics and new music from the combined talents of Durham County Youth Big Band, Durham County Youth Choir and Darlington Youth Choir, and their guests from the National Youth Chamber Choir as part of the BRASS2015 festival.

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Ben Rowarth and Renaissance

Renaissance: Media Vita

The young vocal ensemble Renaissance, directed by Ben Rowarth, captivated the audience in St Cuthbert’s chapel at Ushaw College with a programme built around John Sheppard’s stunning motet “Media Vita”.

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Couperin – Trois Leçons de ténèbres

A stunningly beautiful performance in the atmospheric setting of Ushaw Chapel of Couperin’s “Trois Leçons de ténèbres” sung Emily Owen and Charlotte La Thrope, with Sam Stadlen (viola da gamba) and John Green (organ). I had goose-bumps from the very first notes.

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DUOS: A Fantastical Epiphany term concert

Fantastic dreams, restless dances, storms and disturbed sleep swirled together in Durham University Orchestral Society’s Epiphany term concert in a programme of vividly evocative music that used the entire rich palette available to the orchestral composer – plus a few extras.

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A disturbing day of madness: DOE Figaro

Durham Opera Ensemble’s first production at the Gala Theatre takes Mozart’s great opera “The Marriage of Figaro” to the sixties in a production that brought out the uncomfortable truths behind the riotous comedy.

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