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Student singers take centre stage at Durham Vocal Festival

(15 January 2019)

Northern Lights perform at the Gala Theatre

We’re proud to be playing a key role in the Durham Vocal Festival 2019, which starts later this month.

Organised by Durham County Council’s Durham Music Service, the Festival will celebrate music and song as it brings together over 3,000 local children with some of the country’s leading singers and orchestras.

There will be events across Durham City from Saturday 26 January to Saturday 9 February.

At the heart of the Festival

Our students will perform, our venues will host events and our Music Department, regularly rated the best in the UK, will be at the heart of things.

Among the highlights will be:

Monday 28 January: The student a capella group Northern Lights and Full Score, a student barbershop ensemble, present An Evening of A Capella at the Gala Theatre.

Tuesday 29 January: Dr James Weeks, from our Music Department, conducts EXAUDI as they present ‘Quel augellin che canta’, an evening of Italian madrigals, at Elvet Methodist Church. James recently won a Composer of the Year Award.

Thursday 31 January: ‘Under the Surface’, a piece inspired by our Life of Breath research project, will be performed at Palace Green Library. With a chance to visit the exhibition and a discussion of the singing process afterwards.

Sunday 3 February: Our College chapel choirs unite for an Intercollegiate Evensong at Durham Cathedral.

Friday 8 February: Our Chamber Choir and others will give the world premiere of ‘Life of St Cuthbert’ in Durham Cathedral.

Part of Durham’s thriving music scene

Owen Adams, our Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), said: “The musical talents of our students is inspiring. Our students perform around 80 concerts a year, to around 6,000 people, and our Music Department is regularly ranked the best in the country.

“We’re also committed to supporting the local music scene, and we’re proud to be playing a key part in the Durham Vocal Festival 2019. It promises to be a fantastic fortnight of world-class entertainment.”

Find out more

For full listings, please visit the Durham Vocal Festival website.