Music in Durham

Durham Cathedral choir at Ushaw

Durham Cathedral choir give their first ever concert at Ushaw with a superbly constructed programme that threaded together the Anglican and Catholic choral traditions.

Join Ushaw College’s new choir

Ushaw College is looking for singers to join a new choir based at the college. The choir will revive the college’s choral tradition by singing Vespers services in St Cuthbert’s Chapel several times a year, as well as giving concerts.

Durham Vocal Festival: NYCGB Fellowship Octet

A diverse and enjoyable programme, ranging from Monteverdi to Spiderman, by the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship Octet, at Ushaw College as part of Durham Vocal Festival.

Autumn 2016 concerts

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A run-down of some of the concerts taking place in Durham over the next few months, including one of the world’s greatest early music groups, baroque opera, Messiah, Royal Northern Sinfonia at Ushaw, and a world premiere performed by Orchestra North East.

Northern Consort begin with a farewell

The eight singers of Northern Consort make an accomplished debut singing Lenten music by Tallis and Parry at Ushaw College, adding a welcome new voice at the small end of the Durham choral world.

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.

Launch of the Ushaw String Quartet

Thank you to Ushaw College for sending me this release about their new string quartet. As part of the programme of diverse concerts and events at Durham’s newest cultural venue – Ushaw, we are delighted that Edward Cross the well-known, enterprising and much admired violinist from Newcastle has created a new chamber ensemble to play […]

Concert previews – Winter 2015

The listings are gradually coming in for the next few months, and based on what I have so far, this winter’s concerts are dominated by early music treats courtesy of Musicon and a particularly rich choice of organ recitals at Ushaw College, Hatfied College and Durham Cathedral. Durham’s local musicians have lots going on too, with music spanning 500 years from John Sheppard to John Dankworth and so far the students have told me about Mozart and Bach.