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Music in Durham

Reviews

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.

DUCS: Fauré & Duruflé Requiem

Durham University Choral Society conducted by Mike Summers bring out the differences between the Requiem settings by Fauré and Duruflé, with ravishing solos from James Quitmann and Sophie Kidwell.

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ETO: Life on the Moon

English Touring Opera’s boisterous production of Haydn’s sci-fi comic opera Life on the Moon: reviewed at Gala Theatre Durham, 4 November.

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Ben Rowarth and Renaissance

Renaissance Remembrance

Ben Rowarth and Renaissance returned to Durham last night with an emotionally intense reflection on war and grief that set Alsonso Lobo’s glorious Lamentations against harrowing British and French music.

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Tell me the truth about love

Some of the many truths about love, told in a cleverly constructed programme that mixed art song, opera and folk songs with poetry and acting, performed by The Miranda Wright Singers and accompanied by Julia Kennard.

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Sweeter than Roses

My idea of a perfect summer afternoon: sitting in a cool church listening to Baroque chamber music. Review of a concert by Charlotte La Thrope, Deborah Thorne and John Green.

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