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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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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Upcoming Events

May 04
Jun 05

Cancelled: A Night at the Movies, with Music Durham!

June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
United Kingdom
Jun 07
Jun 08

Palatinate Awards for Music and Theatre

June 8 @ 5:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Jun 11

Cancelled: Big Band Big Summer Gig

June 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm