Durham University Palatinate Orchestra is one of the university’s leading orchestral societies, comprising a symphony and a chamber orchestra, and performing a wide range of challenging repertoire throughout the academic year. Recent highlights have included such concertos as Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Vaughan Williams’ song cycle Songs of Travel, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and the world premiere of Richard Rijnvos’ orchestration of Albéniz’s piano cycle Chants d’Espagne.
The orchestra prides itself on being accessible, friendly and social. Founded in 2008 it has quickly flourished into a thriving society filling a much needed gap in the Durham music scene. The orchestra is also involved in outreach projects, providing schools in Durham with the opportunity to experience live classical music. A highlight of the DUPO calendar is the annual tour to Europe, in recent years the orchestra have travelled to Dusseldorf, Paris, and Jersey.