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.

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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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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