Finish Michaelmas term with an aca-Christmas extravaganza!
On 15th December, a cappella choir Durham Dynamics collaborate with barbershop specialists Full Score, for a sensational seasonal synthesis of festive favourites. This is a concert of firsts: our newest society Full Score make their debut onto the Durham music scene, whilst Durham Dynamics perform their first ever Christmas-themed concert.
The first half of this concert will see Full Score make their inaugural performance. I was lucky enough to attend their latest rehearsal, and trust me, this is a debut not to be missed. Full Score is comprised of fabulous individual singers, and together their barbershop harmonies are simply sublime. Partnered with some slick choreography, Full Score promise a festive treat for the eyes as well as the ears. Their set list includes Christmas favourite ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ alongside, Stevie Wonder’s infamous ‘Isn’t She Lovely’, and the choir’s favourite ‘Their Hearts Were Full of Spring’. Full Score also specialise in quartet singing. The girls’ quartet will perform ‘You Are My Sunshine’ whilst the boys will sing ‘Moondance’. This exciting programme guarantees to put a smile on anyone and everyone’s face.
In the second half of ‘Christmas A Cappella’, Durham’s largest a cappella choir, Durham Dynamics, will take to the stage. President Charlotte West said:
“We are so excited to be doing our first ever Christmas concert, and we couldn’t think of a better group to share our debut with than Full Score! Our repertoire for this concert is very varied, and ranges from festive tunes to pop classics. Durham Dynamics has changed greatly this year with all new members, all new repertoire and for the first time in Dynamics history a new Musical Director, Curtis Irvine. What certainly hasn’t changed is our dedication to producing quality music in an inclusive and fun environment. We can’t wait to showcase all of our efforts with you, in what promises to be a wonderful evening.”
Their set at ‘Christmas A Cappella’ will also feature ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons, ‘Dancing on My Own’ as well as the seminal ‘Hallelujah’.
Durham Dynamics pre-empted their Christmas debut at the latest Lunchtime Concert, where the audience were treated to a small taster of their programme. Dressed in their festive burgundy, the Durham Dynamics stunned with their renditions of ‘The First Noel’ and ‘Christmas to Me’ in intimate four-part harmony. They also showcased the individuality of the choir, with solo performances from various singers as well as Chris the beatboxer.
Finally, the concert will feature a special encore at the end involving both choirs, so watch this space!
Tickets are selling FAST at https://www.musicdurham.org/event/acappellachristmas/