A concert fit for a (future) King…

For their Epiphany term concert, DUOS’s Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Durham University Choral Society, Durham Cathedral Choir, and members of Durham County Youth Choir, present a concert in celebration of one of Britain’s most famous and influential composers: C Hubert H Parry, or, as he is more commonly known, the guy who wrote Jerusalem.

Both orchestra and chorus, alongside soloist Sir Thomas Allen, were thrilled to be able to present a snippet of this exciting concert to HRH The Prince of Wales on his recent visit to Durham. DUOS President Alex Barker commented:

“Having presented this concert to royalty, we’re looking forward to showing the general public what the fuss is about!”

Conductor Alex Mackinder was lucky enough to speak to the Prince himself, and said:

“Suffice to say, the experience of conducting in front His Royal Highness was a rather extraordinary occasion, something that was only heightened by the venue, the quality of both the orchestras and chorus and the prestige of the soloist, Sir Thomas Allen. His Royal Highness was a delight to talk to after the concert and was extremely complimentary about our efforts; he said that he had never heard Parry’s music played in the way that we performed it, with such an enormous chorus and orchestra.”

For this historical concert, Alex Mackinder will share the role of conductor with Professor Jeremy Dibble, an authority on Parry and indeed Charles Villiers Stanford, whose enthralling and highly moving Songs of the Fleet will also feature in the programme.

The concert will include the rousing choral works such as Blest Pair of Sirens and I Was Glad as well as Parry’s lesser known but riveting setting of the much-loved legend, The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Join DUOS and this enormous chorus in Durham Cathedral on March 10, for a synthesis of the finest English music ever written. If it was good enough for Prince Charles, it’s definitely good enough for you! Tickets are selling FAST here:


In the meantime, check out DUOS’s Chamber Orchestra concert this Saturday in Durham Town Hall. Tickets are available on the Music Durham website: