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Our programme this season can in many ways be seen as a journey through our musical history. Our first concert, a vocal recital from Lucy Goddard and Siwan Rhys, offers an engaging collection of US experimental music from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. This will be followed by a concert of classical Hindustani ragas with Josh Feinberg, one of the most forward-thinking musicians in this venerable discipline, the roots of which date back further than anything else you will hear this season. The autumn programme will end with one of the real musical highlights in the North-East this year: Mahan Esfahani, who has gained a reputation as one of the most innovative superstars of Baroque music, will treat us to an unforgettable performance of Bach’s timeless masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations.


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American Songbook

Lucy Goddard (mezzo-soprano)
Siwan Rhys (piano)

Tuesday 17th October 2017
Music School, Palace Green

The programme will consist of a selection of 20th and 21st century songs.

Classical Indian Ragas

Josh Feinberg (sitar)
Gurdain Rayatt (tabla)

Tuesday 14th November 2017
St. Chad’s College Chapel

The programme will feature a selection of classical Hindustani ragas.

Goldberg Variations

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

Tuesday 28th November 2017
Elvet Methodist Church

The Guardian: “Everyone wants to record Bach’s Goldbergs, but not many show as much piercing insight as harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani”.

Three Heads, One Tale

The Clerks

Tuesday 30th January 2018
Music School, Palace Green

The programme includes music by Dunstable, Dufay, Ockeghem, Obrecht and the English Anonymous.

20th Century Music

Musicon Focus Festival

Ives Ensemble
Loré Lixenburg
Trevor Wishart

10th and 11th February 2018
Music School, Palace Green


Boxwood & Brass

Tuesday 27th February 2018
Elvet Methodist Church

Boxwood & Brass is the UK’s only period-instrument Harmonie, the 18th-century wind ensemble beloved by Mozart and Beethoven.


The Brodsky Quartet

Tuesday 24th April 2018
Durham Town Hall

Programme to include L. van Beethoven - String Quartet in E-flat major Op. 127.