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The Department of Music in Durham is one of the leading centres for the study of music in Britain, an established Centre for Excellence in Teaching with an international reputation.

As you might expect, the sheer wealth of musical talent in Durham means that there is a comprehensive, year-round musical programme, catering for every possible musical taste. From classical recitals, to Big Band swing, Brass bands to modern jazz, Durham University offers a fabulous range of performances for everyone to enjoy!

Sunday 24 November 2019

Flute Choir Christmas Concert - "A night at the ballet"

6:00pm to 7:30pm, St Mary the Less, South Bailey, Durham. DH1 3EQ

Durham University Flute Choir promises an evening of festive music with a ballet theme. Lose yourself in the beautiful flute rendering of the best-loved ballet tunes and traditional carols at the wonderful Church of St. Mary the Less

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Friday 29 November 2019

DUPO Chamber Orchestra Michaelmas Concert

8:00pm, Durham Castle Great Hall (University College)

Join DUPO Chamber for their first concert of the academic year - an exploration of Russian sound and colour interspersed with a French suite based on Maeterlinck’s symbolist play, Pelleas et Melisande. The smaller forces of the chamber orchestra in the majestic setting of University College’s Great Hall will provide an intimate evening of entertainment and passion.

Sunday 1 December 2019

DUPO Symphony Michaelmas Concert: Symphonie Fantastique

7:30pm, Durham Town Hall

Join DUPO for our first Symphony Orchestra concert of the academic year, as we perform a staged version of Symphony Fantastique, in collaboration with Durham Student Theatre. This will be a truly unique performance of Berlioz’ extravagant programmatic symphony, in the majestic setting of the Town Hall.

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Tuesday 3 December 2019

The Hill Orchestra Christmas Concert: A Winter's Night

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Elvet Methodist Church

Escape the cold outside and enjoy a Winter’s Night in with Hill Orchestra for their annual Christmas concert of 2019. Featuring pieces such as Finzi’s Nocturne, as well as Sleigh Ride and Hely-Hutchinson’s A Carol Symphony to get you in the Christmas spirit, it’s guaranteed there will be something for everyone!
This concert is in support of The Durham Foodbank, with all refreshment stall proceeds going to charity.

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Tuesday 10 December 2019

New Art Music Ensemble Concert

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College

Join the New Art Music Ensemblefor the first concert of their ambitious 2019/20 season! Features a range of contemporary classical music from composers Michael Pisaro, Jürg Frey, Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen, James Saunders, and Michael Torke.

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Wednesday 11 December 2019

Notes from a Midwinter's Night

7:30pm to 9:30pm, St. Margret's Church

Voices choir Christmas concert filled with carols, hymns, and secular songs- even some acapella. Our repertoire includes: John Rutter's Star Carol, Berlioz's Shepherd's Farewell, and Wells and Tormé's The Christmas Song. So, come along and get into the Christmas spirit, when at last it’s actually December, and enjoy our range of Christmas songs as well as a few nice mince pies and other refreshments!

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7:30pm to 9:00pm, Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

In a white dining room a child is bored at a dinner party. The child takes the adult into the magical story of the Ramayana, using household props, coloured lights and paints, the white boring dinner party is gradually destroyed.
Performed shortly after Diwali, Sita will take you on a journey of Indian mythology and culture.

Friday 13 December 2019

12 Days till Christmas: Durham University Concert and Brass Bands' Christmas Concert

7:30pm to 10:10pm, Durham Town Hall

Join Durham University Concert Band and Durham University Brass Band for their annual joint Christmas Concert in Durham's atmospheric Town Hall. An evening of everyone's favourite Christmas tunes, with festive refreshments included, we guarantee this will get you in the Christmas spirit!

Saturday 25 January 2020

Durham Choral Society January Concert

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Programme to include Faure's Requiem and Woods' This Joyous Night.

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