Masterclasses

Our relationships with professionals extend to, but are not limited to: Sir Thomas Allen, Richard Dickins, Roderick Williams, Teresa Carhill, Andrew Lawrence King and Dame Emma Kirkby.

Ralph Allwood

Ralph Allwood

Choral Conductor

Famed choral conductor and head of Eton Choral Course, who came to give a masterclass to singers and conductors focusing on the Chamber Choir and our chapel choirs. As an expert in the field of choral music Ralph’s advice was invaluable to everyone involved in our rich choral environment.

Sir Thomas Allen

Sir Thomas Allen

Chancellor

Sir Thomas Allen frequently coaches our student singers and the opera cast as he comes up every term to coach our singers and give expert advice, as he is clearly so experienced in the operatic world.

Richard Dickins

Richard Dickins

Orchestral Conductor

Director of Music at Imperial College London and previous conductor at the Royal College of Music for 23 years, Richard comes to give a masterclass to the musicians of Durham University Orchestral Society and give one-on-one lessons to our conductors.

In addition we frequently welcome the following professionals to coach the student societies.

  • Richard Evans and Leyland Band – award winning conductor and band, who worked with the University Brass Band providing excellent coaching for both individuals and the ensemble as a whole. The 7 sectional masterclasses running throughout the day were concluded in the evening with a joint concert featuring both our Brass Band and Leyland Band in the second half.
  • Russell Watson – the english tenor made famous for both his operatic and pop songs, who sang with the Chamber Choir in Durham Cathedral for the opening concert of his UK tour, a sold out, professional engagement for which the choir was requested specially. They have since been requested to perform alongside him on his Christmas album.
  • Paul Spicer – honorary fellow of University College and leading specialist on English choral music, who gave a choral masterclass for singers and conductors adding greatly to our extensively-supported choral environment.
  • Pete Churchill – jazz legend and professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, who gave a jazz workshop and masterclass with the University Big Band.
  • Dame Emma Kirkby – early music specialist, who gave a masterclass to selected students on how to perform ‘Lute Songs from the Golden Age’ and invited them to take part in her MUSICON concert the next day.
  • Andrew Lawrence King – arguably the best historical harpist in the world, who coached the Opera Ensemble through their production of Rappresentatione di Anima et di corpa, Europe’s first ever opera.