Sage Gateshead: Young Trustees Wanted

Sage Gateshead is looking for two Young Trustees between the ages of 18 and 25 to join its board of trustees for a one-year term, starting in Spring 2019. The deadline for applications is Friday 18 January 2019.   Becoming a Trustee means gaining an insight into the company, becoming aware of what goes on behind the scenes and getting a deeper understanding of how the business is developing and its direction of travel. This will enable you to influence and contribute to Sage Gateshead’s cultural offer to children and young people. This is a chance to share your perspective...

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Preview: Foot Notes a cappella

It was an absolute joy to get the opportunity to listen in to Foot Notes, Durham’s newest a cappella group, in final rehearsals for their first solo concert this Sunday 9th December at 8pm in Castle Great Hall. Having heard beforehand of the society’s ambitious choice in diverse and challenging repertoire, I came into the rehearsal with high expectations. That said, I was taken aback by the quality and standard of the choir, their well-balanced intonation and consistently cohesive musicality across contrasting genres. This Sunday, Foot Notes will be performing a huge range of popular, jazz and Classical music...

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Preview: DUCE Michaelmas Concert

Durham University Classical Ensembles specialises in repertoire from the Baroque, Classical and early-Romantic period. In their latest rehearsal, I was greeted with a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere that nevertheless produced music of a fine quality; boundless energy and individual musicianship were evident throughout. The dialogue between conductor and players was particularly collaborative and friendly, with all involved not only having a goof time (even in the morning!), but also focused on creating their desired sound world. I spoke to the society’s founder, their conductor Bruno Needham, about his choice of repertoire for their upcoming concert as well as challenges faced...

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Preview: DUOS Chamber Orchestra

DUOS Chamber are, as ever, on stellar form. Their care for phrasing, individual musicality and energy was clear throughout the rehearsal. If this alone did not suffice, Theo Golden’s direction is highly competent, providing succinct comments to the whole orchestra, with a positive attitude and a clear technique. Frequent tempo changes were picked up immediately and very close detail was paid, especially syncing the playing. Knowing everyone’s names is a commendable feat for starters, and his dealing with issues remained cordial and tactful. Among the orchestra it was great to see the percussionists helping each other out and making...

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Upcoming Events

Sat 23

MUSICON: NEW MUSIC Focus | Concert 1

23 February 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Durham
Sun 24

MUSICON: NEW MUSIC Focus | Concert 2

24 February 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Durham
Sun 24

MUSICON: NEW MUSIC Focus | Concert 3

24 February 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Durham
Wed 27

Lunchtime Concert #17: Soloists

27 February 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Durham
Wed 27

Chamber Choir: Masterclass with Owain Park

27 February 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Durham