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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A 500-strong audience enjoyed a Saturday night at the cinema, but in the ever beautiful surroundings of Durham’s World Heritage Site, with Music Durham’s ‘A Night at the Movies’. After the success of last year’s gala concert in Durham Cathedral, it seemed the obvious choice to rally the society Presidents, come up with a hectic mid-exam rehearsal schedule, and do it all over again! The event was a significant one, being the opening event of the inaugural Durham Festival of the Arts, a collaborative event between the groups of Experience Durham and Durham Students’ Union, which saw the city filled...

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Big Band Masterclass: Pete Churchill

On Thursday 27th November, Durham University Big Band welcomed Pete Churchill to the Music Department for an evening workshop (kindly supported by PwC). Pete is regarded as one of the finest jazz educators in the UK and is currently head of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music as well as being in high demand for large scale singing projects, especially with youth music organisations. It was, however, Pete’s expertise in the direction of Big Bands that DUBB were after. Pete has worked with the Kenny Wheeler Big Band on Kenny’s 80th birthday tour as well as on...

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Durham University Chamber Choir: Bach B Minor Mass

Durham University Chamber Choir were clearly not daunted by it in the slightest by the volume of this momentus work, and last night’s performance in the Great Hall of University College was notable for its accomplished solo and ensemble singing. The movements that particularly stood out for me in this performance were the broader, more expansive parts, where conductor Harry Castle gave the singers space to relish the richness of Bach’s choral writing – this came through best of all in the luscious suspensions of the Et expecto in the Credo where the choir piled up the tension before the wonderful release into the fast section that follows. The third section of the Kyrie was driven forwards by a thundering bass section, with long phrasing in all parts that filled the music with energy even at a relatively slow pace. The Gratias Agimus Tibi of the Gloria cooked with a slow, controlled simmering, which finally came to the boil when the same music returns at the very end of the Mass. The sopranos, clearly relishing the higher notes of modern pitch, added plenty of zing to the most brilliant parts of Bach’s exuberant lines and the basses glided through the notorious et iterum venturus est with impressive unanimity. It’s a mark of the quality of DUCC that eleven different singers took the solos, all of them excellently sung. I...

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26 March 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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