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 Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Dvořák’s The Noon Witch, and the world premiere of Richard Rijnvos’ orchestration of Albéniz’s piano cycle Chants d’Espagne.
Founded in 2008, the society prides itself on being accessible, friendly and social. The orchestra is also involved in outreach projects, providing schools in Durham with the opportunity to experience live classical music. Incoming members for the new academic year can audition to lead either orchestra, or perform a concerto of their choice. A highlight of the DUPO calendar is the annual tour to Europe, and in recent years the orchestra have travelled to Dusseldorf, Paris, and Prague.