Music in Durham

Messiahs in Durham

There are Messiahs of all shapes and sizes coming to Durham this Christmas season – here’s my run-down of what’s on offer.

Opera dei Lumi’s enlightening Messiah

Opera dei Lumi returned to Handel’s original version of Messiah, as performed in Dublin in 1742, giving a dramatic and expressive performance that was full of surprises.

DCYC’s celebratory Messiah

Past and present members of Durham County Youth Choir gave a magnificent performance of Handel’s Messiah in Durham Cathedral to celebrate their 50th anniversary in an evening that showed what a vital role the choir plays in music education in the North East. Read my review here:

Do you remember your first Messiah?


On Saturday I’ll be going to hear Durham County Youth Choir singing Messiah in Durham Cathedral. I expect quite a few of the younger members of the choir will be singing their first Messiah, and so that got me thinking about how exciting it is to sing it for the first time, and then each time after that too…

DCYC Messiah soloists

Durham County Youth Choir have sent me details of their soloists for their Messiah on Saturday 26 April. The list includes choir alumni and current members: Sopranos: Joanna Burton, Elinor Chapman, Debra Morley and 6th former Katie Button Altos: Helen Bruce, Vanessa Dinning and Claire McKay Tenors: Mark Anyan, Michael Beaney, John Davies, David Harris […]