Durham University Chamber Choir: Star Of Gold

On the 4th of December, equipped with a substantial array of Christmas choral music, Durham University Chamber Choir graced the chapel of Hild Bede for their first concert of the academic year. Led by 3rd year music student Tom Brooke, a much calmer and more contained chamber choir than in recent years delighted the relatively full chapel with a high standard of traditional Christmas music. The chapel of Hild Bede provided an exceptionally pleasant escape from the harsh weather outside, due to its warmth and desirable acoustics. The choir began with what seemed to be a safe yet strong choice,...

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Durham University Orchestral Society | Chamber Orchestra

Conductor: Joseph Schultz | Soloist: Pelham Etherington | Leader: Clementine Metcalfe On Saturday 28th November, DUOS Chamber Orchestra returned for their annual Michaelmas concert, which took place in the exquisite setting of Castle’s Great Hall. Conducted by Joseph Schultz and led by Clementine Metcalfe the orchestra performed a varied programme, featuring Mozart’s magnificent Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, performed by Pelham Etherington. DUOS Chamber certainly kick-started the winter concert series with a brilliant sense of character and energy to their performance. With over 150 people crowding into the beautiful great hall this was a great tribute to the orchestra, and they deserved this sell out audience and supportive atmosphere.   The concert opened with Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches, a collection of magnificent folk tunes, a few of which were originally based on his works for piano. Each of the movements carried their own character, and it was magnificent to see these moods captured brilliantly by the orchestra. The woodwind sections carried melodies excellently, with the lyricism and phrasing of the clarinets in particular, played by Peter de Souza and Izzy Trotter, really allowing for the melodies to sing out effortlessly.   The upper strings were clearly technically very capable and articulation was very good on the whole whilst the lower strings handled the tension of the second movement excellently, maintaining a good vigour to their playing. In lighter sections,...

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Azeem with DUOS

Five months on from Azeem Ward’s Senior Flute Recital, it is incredible how so many people are still captivated by his concerts all over the country. In May this year, whilst studying at the University of California, Azeem became an internet sensation through his recital’s Facebook event, attracting over 50, 000 people to watch the live stream. Having such a well-known and admired flautist performing in Durham’s contemporary music concert (featuring mainly 20th century but also some 21st century compositions) was an amazing way to promote and share new music to audiences who otherwise might have been oblivious to...

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Northern Lights at the Fringe!

Our wonderful A Cappella group Northern Lights took a trip to Edinburgh Fringe and came back with some incredible reviews! “Amazing performances by a group of very talented singers. Great arrangements.” “A fabulously joyous and accomplished group of young singers that had the audience smiling and foot tapping all the way through the varied and melodic set. A fusion of traditional musical skills and modern material that made the most lovely and impressive show. The choreography was subtle and fun and beautifully executed. Hope they will be back again next year. Thank you” “Really slick and polished A Capella....

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DULOG: Spring Awakening

DULOG have taken on a challenging musical which is far more serious and thought-provoking than their previous performances of Cabaret and Anything Goes this academic year. Spring Awakening not only includes a difficult vocal and musical score but also deals with controversial themes. Despite a few minor drawbacks, after only ten days of rehearsals they have succeeded in creating an extraordinary performance that exceeds all expectations of student theatre and is testament to the talent, commitment and dedication of all involved. Spring Awakening, with music by Duncan Sheik, is based on a German play of the same name written in 1891 by Frank Wedekind and set in 19th Century Germany. The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this riveting and provocative show focuses on the sexual frustration and teenage angst of a group of adolescents growing up under the stifling influence of their overbearing parents and teachers. It attacks traditional morals and the repression of sexuality, as well as exploring important themes such as child abuse, homosexuality and masturbation. Spring Awakening is also heartbreakingly tragic, so much so that it can be difficult for performers to depict this intensity of emotion onstage. However, there are moments in DULOG’s performance in which the actors are able to perfectly capture this passionate energy. Joe McWilliam delivers an excellent performance in the lead role of Melchior Gabor and, with some...

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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