After a truly amazing year, topped off with a nomination for Music Durham’s prestigious ‘Society of the Year’ award, Divinity Quintet are proud to present their final concert in the aptly grand setting of Durham Cathedral’s Chapter House.

President and flautist Ellie Knott has spearheaded the quintet for the last two years and has elevated the ensemble to new heights. I spoke to Ellie about Divinity Quintet’s outreach work this year:

“We have initiated my vision for an outreach project surrounding the Carnival of the Animals in local primary schools. This project aims to introduce children between the ages of 4 and 11 to Classical music through a combination of theatre and music in an ensemble format.”

Divinity Quintet will also be performing their rendition of the Carnival of the Animals at Music Durham’s upcoming concert Earthbound on Sunday 3rd June at Durham Castle.

The Quintet are rounding off this academic year with ‘Divinity Quintet & Friends.’  Ellie said:

“We’re extremely excited to present the concert ‘Divinity Quintet and Friends.’ For the first time, we’ll be joined by a talented array of instrumentalists who are part of the other Music Durham ensembles and close friends. It marks a really special time for the quintet as three members are graduating and comes at the end of a very fruitful and enjoyable academic year!”

Their exciting and varied programme features Beethoven’s ‘Adagio and Allegro for Musical Clock’ as well as Mozart’s ‘Serenade in C minor’, performed by Ellie Knott, oboist Catherine Walker, Charlie Criswell on clarinet, George Evans-Thomas on French horn, and bassoonist Saul Rigg. Finally, the quintet will be joined by some of Music Durham’s finest wind musicians: Ellie Holland, Freddie Hankin, Cam Wyke, Sophie Hill, Patrick Norén, Thomas Feild, Evan Penn, Tim Ayling and Jessica Muurman for Richard Strauss’ ‘Serenade for Winds & Wind Suite’.

Ellie also added:

“I am tremendously proud of everything we’ve achieved and our concert in the beautiful surroundings of the Chapter House will certainly be a high point in what has already been a very memorable year!” 

This concert is the perfect way to round off an astounding couple of years for this ensemble, so don’t miss Divinity Quintet and Friends in Chapter House on June 6that 7:30pm. This concert is part of the ongoing Durham Festival of Arts, 2018. Tickets are available here: https://www.musicdurham.org/event/divinityandfriends/