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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!

Friday 2 June 2017

Durham Festival of the Arts 2017

Various venues across Durham City

Friday 2 - Friday 23 June 2017
Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre (DST) present three weeks of entertainment, performances, workshops and exhibitions across the city. This year’s festival launches with Land of Hope and Glory the annual Music Durham concert held in Durham Cathedral. Highlights will include a new teling of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales in Gala Theatre, and Blackadder III at The Assembly Rooms Theatre, plus much, much more!


Land of Hope and Glory

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join Music Durham for the opening performance of Durham Festival of the Arts.
Land of Hope and Glory is a celebration of the best of British music and composers, performed by our talented student singers and musicians. From Zadok the Priest to Coldplay, Spamalot to the Beatles, this concert promises a night of entertainment for all audiences.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 3 June 2017

Arts on the Green

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join Music Durham and the college music ensembles for an afternoon of open air entertainment on Palace Green.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


The Dragon and the Bone Queen

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Music Concert Room, Music Department

Durham Festival of the Arts
Theatrum Mundi returns with a showcase of medieval and Renaissance music and costume. With Hector Sequera (lute), Barbara Ravelhofer (speaker), and various performers, including a 16-ft dragon…

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 4 June 2017

Around the World in 80 Minutes

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Castle
Durham Festival of the Arts
Following on from the Britain themed Cathedral Concert, this second evening of music will take you on a journey around the world in 80 minutes, performed by a number of Music Durham's best and most diverse ensembles.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Tuesday 6 June 2017

The Canterbury Tales

7:30pm to 10:30pm, The Gala Theatre, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
Under the sardonic eye of Chaucer himself, each pilgrim recounts a tale to entertain their companions on the road to Canterbury. From the Miller's, to the Knight’s tale, some of Chaucer’s most celebrated characters will be brought to life on stage.

Join Durham Student Theatre as they bring Mike Poulton's acclaimed adaptation to the stage in an evening not to be missed!

Contact sophie.rudge@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 7 June 2017

Durham University Chamber Choir - Music on the River

2:00pm to 4:00pm, River Wear (Prebends Bridge), Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
This informal highlight of the Chamber Choir calendar is a relaxed afternoon on the (hopefully sunny!) banks of the Wear. Sit back and have a drink with your friends and family whilst the Chamber Choir serenades you in black tie from rowing boats on the river, with fun arrangements of classic a cappella favourites!

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


KLANG17

7:00pm to 5:00pm, Music Department, Palace Green

Durham Festival of the Arts
KLANG is Durham’s own Contemporary Art Music Festival, run by staff and students at Durham University Music Department. Our aim is to present some of the world’s most exciting new music from composers and musicians based in the North-East and beyond.

The annual contemporary music marathon opens with an Emsemble 7Bridges SoundLab concert, continues with a lunchtime performance from the university’s New Art Music Ensemble and closes with another evening concert.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 10 June 2017

Durham Univesrity Chamber Choir present - The Evening Watch

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Durham Festival of the Arts
The Durham University Chamber Choir warmly invites you to its final performance of the academic year! After a fantastically busy and successful three terms with our 23 singers, our final send-off is sure to be a powerful and absorbing evening of choral music.
The repertoire for the evening celebrates British composers from a variety of genres and will include music by MacMillan, Byrd, Britten and Tippett amongst many others.

Contact chamber.choir@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 13 June 2017

Durham University Hill Orchestra and Voices Summer Concert

7:30pm to 10:00pm, St Oswald's Church, Durham DH1 3DQ

Durham Festival of the Arts
The Hill Orchestra and Voices are delighted to invite you to their first ever collaboration in concert! In what is expected to be a phenomenal night of musical variety, the orchestra and choir will come together to perform Finlandia by Sibelius, an arrangement of I vow to thee and Don't Stop me now by Queen, among others.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Wednesday 14 June 2017

Durham University Brass Band - A Summer Celebration

7:00pm to 9:30pm, St Oswald's Church, Durham DH1 3DQ

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join Durham University Brass Band as they celebrate their 15th Anniversary and their success at UniBrass, where they won the inaugural UniBrass Shield. The band will play a mixture of their award-winning set and popular brass band tunes.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Zanna, Don't!

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre, North Bailey, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
DULOG's final show of the year, 'Zanna, Don't!' is a musical fairytale exploring a world where to be gay is to be normal, and heterosexuality is taboo. Join Zanna and the students of Heartsville High, USA, on a magical journey exploring love, loss, and mechanical bullriding.

Contact genevieve.burns@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 15 June 2017

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

6:30pm to 3:30pm, The Library Lawn, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, DurhamDH1 3RJ

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join us for this outdoor performance, a musical mix of jazz and opera; Alice is 11, and completely marvellous. She’s jolted from her boring school holidays by an encounter with a talking White Rabbit – who insists she follow him to a mysterious Wonderland. Alice meets all kinds of peculiar characters, as well as the wicked Queen of Hearts threatening the peace of wonderland.
Gottlieb’s witty libretto moulds Carroll’s nonsense into a fun and engaging story that remains true to the original spirit of the book, and which will delight adults and children alike.


Friday 16 June 2017

Durham University Classical Ensemble Summer Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Oswald's Church, Durham DH1 3DQ

Durham Festival of the Arts
The Classical Ensemble presents its summer concert featuring Mozart’s 31st Symphony “Paris” and Couperin’s suite “La Francaise” from his “Les Nations”, a duo of works inspired by France. The magnificent talent that is the Classical Ensemble’s very own Misuzu Oda will also treat audiences to Mozart’s 26th Piano Concerto “Coronation”.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 17 June 2017

Durham Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 7

2:00pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Before we know it Summer will be upon us, and by popular demand, so will this festival...... Showcasing the quality of live music in the UK, we wanted to present a line-up that appeals to music lovers of all ages in and around the North East. We think we have achieved this and with Dr Feelgood headlining, a transatlantic flavouring, 11 different artists with six performing on an Amp Driven Main Stage and five on a more serene Acoustic Stage; this is one date for your diary!

Contact solidentertainments@live.co.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Univesrity Orchestral Society Cathedral Concert

7:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral,

Durham Festival of the Arts
Enjoy DUOS' annual Cathedral Concert featuring the Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alex Mackinder and the Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Reddel.

Join the Orchestral Society as they take over the majestic Durham Cathedrall with a diverse and thrilling programme, including Finzi’s gorgeous Romance for String Orchestra and Mahler’s towering Symphony No. 1.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Sunday 18 June 2017

Classical Ensemble Summer Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Oswald's Church

Join the Classical Ensemble for their final concert of the year.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 19 June 2017

Bishop Hatfield Evensong

5:15pm to 6:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Durham Festival of the Arts
Join the Chapel Choir of Hatfield College for their annual Bishop Hatfield evensong in Durham Cathedral. This is one of the highlights of the choir’s year, and a great way to mark the end of the year. The music will include Herbert Howells’s Gloucester Service, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s ‘Lord, thou hast been our refuge’.

This is a free event. Doors open 5pm.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Durham University Palatinate Orchestra (Chamber Orchestra) Summer Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Chapter House, Durham Cathedral

Durham Festival of the Arts
Durham University’s Palatinate Chamber Orchestra warmly invites you to its final concert of the year, set in the serenity of the Cathedral Chapter House and featuring Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, Debussy’s Girl with the Flaxen Hair, andBeethoven’s triumphant Symphony No. 7 in A major.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Tuesday 20 June 2017

Little Shop of Horrors

8:30pm to 10:30pm, St Mary’s College, Durham
Durham Festival of the Arts
Join in with this hilarious musical.... Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names Audrey after his co-worker crush. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

Contact dfoa@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 21 June 2017

Divinity Quintet and Durham String Quartet

7:30pm to 9:15pm, St Oswald's Church, Durham DH1 3DQ

Durham Festival of the Arts
The Divinity Quintet, in concert with the Durham String Quartet, presents their third term concert. Their repertoire includes Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles and Poulenc’s Sextet in which they will be joined by John Reddel. This concert will be shared with the Durham String Quartet, featuring some of Durham’s most in-demand musicians.

Contact eleanor.l.knott@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 22 June 2017

Durham University Palatinate Orchestra (Symphony Orchestra) Summer Concert

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Elvet Methodist Church, Durham

Durham Festival of the Arts
This summer, Durham University Palatinate Orchestra is excited to bring you Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini! Conducted by Adam Laughton and performed by Isabel Osborne, a long term member of our orchestra, this stunning work has been set alongside Strauss’ Serenade for 13 Wind instruments and Brahms’ 4th Symphony.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 24 June 2017

The Durham Singers: The Cloths of Heaven

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Brandon's Church, Brancepeth, DH7 8DF

Songs of love and of home, from Ireland and America, including music by Stanford, Britten, Barber and Augusta Read Thomas. The Durham Singers' summer concert spans the Atlantic with words and music from Ireland and America on the themes of love and of home.

Contact info@durham-singers.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 21 October 2017

Monteverdi 1610 Vespers with I Fagiolini and Durham Singers

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

Hear one of the most ravishing pieces in the choral repertoire performed in Durham Cathedral under the direction of Monteverdi specialist Robert Hollingworth with soloists from his ensemble I Fagiolini

Contact info@durham-singers.org for more information about this event.


Durham Festival of the Arts 2017

2nd – 23rd June 2017

Durham Festival of the Arts is an exciting 3 week festival organised by Music Durham and Durham Student Theatre. The exciting programme of events includes a whole host of exciting performances in venues across the city.
Visit the website for details and booking www.dfoa.co.uk