Review: Voices

Voices performed an especially festive and warm concert, ‘Voices of Christmas’, in St Oswald’s Church, under the direction of Melody Bishop. The fun atmosphere was quickly evident and the choir very much enjoyed themselves throughout, as did the audience, joining in the carol singing with the lyrics provided in the programme. The pieces were a mixture of traditional carols, a premiere arrangement and more contemporary songs. ‘Let it Lewis’, a mash-up of all the music used in the John Lewis Christmas adverts, caught me by surprise when a smaller ensemble came out and sang the rather challenging arrangement (by...

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Review: Full Score Christmas Concert

On 4th December, St Oswald’s Church was filled with joviality and jazz hands as Full Score treated us to a wide array of barbershop. From traditional barbershop to well-known songs and festive repertoire, Full Score certainly kept the audience engaged, especially with some fun audience participation in the middle! Coming from winning the ‘Best Music Society’ in the Palatinate Music and Theatre Awards last June, despite Full Score only being formed that academic year, the choir had a reputation to live up to and they did not disappoint. Full Score are Durham’s only barbershop choir and in their second...

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Review: DUPO Symphony

It was an absolute privilege to walk into the warm, tranquil atmosphere of Elvet Methodist church and be serenaded by the DUPO Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Matthias Lichtenfeld, and leader Chris Savage. Although this concert wasn’t a Christmas concert, it was lovely to have the surprise of ‘O Tannenbaum’ (‘O Christmas Tree’) at the start of the concert, and ‘Hark the Herald’ to finish (with the audience singing along). This got everyone into the Christmas spirit and tied the concert together nicely. Matthias also gave a really welcoming speech at the start of the concert; this...

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Review: DUOS Chamber

In their opening concert of the new academic year, the Durham University Orchestral Society Chamber ensemble performed a carefully crafted programme comprised entirely of English music in the suitable setting of Durham Castle Great Hall. Opening with Arnold’s ‘Serenade for Small Orchestra Op.26’ it was clear that the evening was to be one of stimulating music. The woodwind section executed the opening cascade well and their cohesion as a section only improved over the course of the night. Interspersed with the appropriate shimmering sound of the string section and admirable dynamic control and attention to phrasing from the brass,...

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Review: DUCB, A Movie Night in Concert

Having already performed in a lunchtime concert and competed in the National Concert Band Festival earlier this term, Durham University Concert Band have been nothing short of busy. Going by their previous concerts, the evening was sure to provide a diverse programme to appease the musical tastes of all audience members. In the setting of Elvet Methodist Church, the focus of the evening was film music, spanning repertoire from early classics such as E.T to contemporary blockbusters such as Frozen. Under the direction of Principal Conductor Sean Moran, the concert opened with a compilation of some of the most...

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Sat 23

MUSICON: NEW MUSIC Focus | Concert 1

23 February 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Durham
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MUSICON: NEW MUSIC Focus | Concert 2

24 February 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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MUSICON: NEW MUSIC Focus | Concert 3

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

Lunchtime Concert #17: Soloists

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

Chamber Choir: Masterclass with Owain Park

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