Review: DUCB and DUBB present The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This evening saw the Durham University Brass Band, along with the Durham University Concert Band present their joint venture: ‘The Most Wonderful Time of The Year’ – a celebration of festive favourites which enticed many into the wonderous surroundings of Durham’s Town Hall. The concert was divided into two halves, with the Brass Band and Concert Band performing in each half respectively. The first half started smoothly with conductor Thomas Hicken leading the Brass Band’s interpretation of ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ by Peter Graham; based on an all-time favourite ‘A Sussex Carol’. This work clearly showed the bands technical...

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Review: The Christmas Concert 2018

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending DUOS, DUCC and Northern Lights’ Christmas concert at Elvet Methodist Church. Durham University Orchestral Society; Durham University Chamber Choir; and Northern Lights are among Music Durham’s most competitive and reputable ensembles. Each hold regular concerts and have members who regularly perform at a national level. The concert opened with a lovely set of Christmas songs sung by the Chamber Choir. Warlock’s ‘Benedicamus Domino’ instantly demonstrated the choir’s wonderful strength and clarity. While the lower voices were, at times, slightly drowned by the sopranos, the performance was a strong and solid opener. Such...

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Review: Footnotes

Despite being the newest a cappella group in Durham, the Foot Notes have already become well established. They are a talented mixed group of vocalists and have been very well received amongst the university, with recent performances at the Van Mildert ball and at Palace Green’s ‘Catch Your Breath’ exhibition. Opening with pop classic ‘Valerie’, the audience were immediately captivated, particularly by the solo vocals from Victoria Bezuidenhout. Selecting a non-Christmas related song worked in their favour, particularly with this upbeat song that established that this concert would be entertaining and varied. This was juxtaposed with classical pieces such...

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Review: Chamber Choir

This evening saw the Durham University Chamber Choir (directed by Theo Golden) present their first concert of the year, entitled: ‘A Boy Was Born’ – an array of music celebrating both, the Advent period and that of the birth of Christ, in St Godric’s Church. The programme was carefully crafted, with the first half acting as a ‘mock’ Advent carol service, utilising the seven ‘O Antiphons’, commissioned by Merton College, Oxford in 2012; and which realised a magical array of contrasting movements, written by many of the great contemporary composers, including: Skempton, Taverner, and Eriks Esenvalds. Interspersed amongst these,...

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Review: DUCE

DUCE’s first concert of the year, in which we heard a wide array of Baroque and Classical/early Romantic music, was impressively detailed and phrased throughout. It was wonderful to see the orchestra come together, conducted by the founder of DUCE, Bruno and brilliantly led by Megan Hathaway. Castle Great Hall was a fantastic setting for such refined playing of their programme. The programme began with Mozart’s Overture to Die Zauberflote, which was written for a suburban Viennese theatre and premiered just before Mozart’s death. It was a shame that the intonation was unsettled in the opening chords, but this...

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