DUPO Schools’ Concert

Outreach is a really important part of what we do in DUPO, and the highlight of every year is the annual free concert for local primary schools. This year it was held in the Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood, and organised by our outreach officers, Becky Taylor and Charlotte Sasse. The main focus of the schools’ concert was to inspire the next generation to keep music going, and we wanted to pick a wide selection of styles to show how varied orchestral music can be. The schools we contacted were lovely to talk to and very keen to bring...

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Extra Rehearsal Space with the Catch Your Breath Exhibition

24th November 2018, 10:00 to 17th March 2019, 17:00, Palace Green Library A new temporary exhibition exploring the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol. Free entry. More information at: www.catchyourbreath.org Catch Your Breath is a new temporary exhibition exploring the Life of Breath research project, jointly led by Durham University and the University of Bristol. Bringing together medical history, philosophy, art, literature and music, the exhibition will combine new artist commissions with objects from the Durham University collections and beyond to discover new ways of thinking about breath and breathlessness...

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Preview: DUOS Symphony

This Saturday evening is Durham University Orchestral Society’s premiere concert of the 2018/19 year; and what a concert it promises to be! DUOS will be playing a famous, and undeniably ambitious, programme of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2, Debussy’s La Mer and Shostakovich’s iconic Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Hector Halford-Macleod. To watch some of the University’s top orchestral musicians, including many new faces, performing in Durham for the first time, I heartily recommend coming down to Elvet Methodist Church for 7:30pm. With Music Durham member prices available online for only £5, this is a true bargain for the powerful selection...

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DUCB: Gold at the National Concert Band Festival

On November 18th 2018, 46 members of DUCB travelled to Oldham, near Manchester, to compete in the National Concert Band Festival regional competition. Led by our excellent student conductor, Thomas Hicken, a physics PhD student, the band performed in the festival for the first time and achieved a Gold Award in the highest category, the second highest award available. The National Concert Band Festival is an open competition in which each band is graded against set criteria, rather than against other bands in their category. There are four award levels (bronze, silver, gold and platinum) meaning that DUCB achieved the second highest award possible in our debut performance at the festival. Conductor Thomas Hicken said: This really is a remarkable result for the band, but one that they truly deserve after putting so much hard work in to today’s performance. To achieve the second-highest award in the top category on our debut performance is more than I could have possibly imagined! As an un-auditioned society that prioritises inclusivity, DUCB are particularly pleased with this result. President of DUCB, Chloe Langham, said: In only 6 weeks the band have managed to reach an incredibly high standard, and with such a large group of people with a wide variety of ability and experience, I am very proud! The band is comprised of students from all academic disciplines, with only a small...

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Upcoming Events

Wed 12

Lunchtime Concert #10

12 December 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Durham
Wed 12

DUCB and DUBB: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

12 December 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Durham
United Kingdom
Thu 13

DUPO Chamber: Hats, Tangos and Shakespeare

13 December 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Durham
Fri 14

Choral Society: On Christmas Night

14 December 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Durham
Jan 28

Northern Lights & Full Score Gala Concert

28 January 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Durham