Music in Durham

Vierne Symphony No1 – Final

The ‘manically joyful’ last movement of Vierne’s Symphnony No1 for organ, chosen by my son who can’t do any organ practice at the moment.

Restoring St Oswald’s organ

St Oswald’s church are launching a campaign to restore their organ. David Harris, Director of Music at the church, told me more about this unusual organ and why its restoration will pay tribute to the vision of the people who designed and built it.

CD review: Francesca Massey – Bravura!

A guest review by Julian Wright of Francesca Massey’s new CD Bravura!, a recital of 20th century European organ music, recorded at Durham Cathedral, where she is sub-organist.

Organ recital – Dr Ian Brunt

My review of a recital of baroque chorale preludes played by Dr Ian Brunt at St Helen Auckland that reminded me that there is more to organ music than the pull-out-all-the-stops variety.

Messiaen – La Nativité du Seigneur

The Christmas baubles have been packed away, the thank-you letters written and the more virtuous folk out there are almost at the end of their “dry January”, but as far as the church is concerned, the Christmas season spreads gloriously out to the feast of Candlemas on 2 February.  With all the other distractions out […]