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Student singers take centre stage at Durham Vocal Festival

(15 January 2019)

Northern Lights perform at the Gala Theatre

Students will play a central role in the Durham Vocal Festival 2019, which starts later this month.

What’s it all about?

Durham Vocal Festival is a celebration of the heritage, education, spirituality and variety of vocal music. This year’s will be the third annual Festival, and promises to be the biggest and most exciting yet. The Festival runs from Saturday 26 January to Saturday 9 February.

What’s on?

Lots! Here are some of the highlights…

Saturday 26 January: The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Durham Choral Society perform Handel’s Messiah at Durham Cathedral.

Monday 28 January: an opera masterclass for students at the Gala Theatre; followed by the student a capella group Northern Lights and Full Score, a student barbershop ensemble, presenting An Evening of A Capella, also 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. Part of the Musicon concert series.

Thursday 31 January: Northern Spirit Singers and Quintessential Voices perform ‘Under the Surface’, a piece inspired by our Life of Breath research project, 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.

Wednesdays throughout: Lunchtime concerts in the Music Department.

Tell me more…

Durham Vocal Festival is a partnership between Durham Music Service and our own Music Durham.

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