Over 500 Durham student musicians and singers are about to launch a jam-packed season of Christmas concerts. From Saturday 1st until the end of term on Friday 14th December, there will be at least one performance by a Music Durham ensemble on every day ! It promises to be a season full of variety, with music for every taste taking place at venues across the city.
A musical start to the festive season
Saturday 1st December – Durham Universty Palatinate Orchestra (DUPO)
DUPO Symphony are pleased to present Brahms’ beautiful second symphony alongside Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No.8 – as well as a few carols of course! This event will be held in Elvet Methodist Church from 7.30pm.
Sunday 2nd December – Flute Choir Charity Christmas Concert. Full of festive treats to get you into the Christmas spirit, this concert is also in support of the Water Underground project charity. This concert will be in Kingsgate Room at the Durham Students’ Union, from 2.30pm – 4.30pm
This weekend is also when Durham’s annual Traditional Christmas Festival takes place. With a Christmas market in a giant marquee on Palace Green and children’s lantern parade to Durham Cathedral, the weekend is a highlight in the city’s Christmas calendar. This year, Durham’s Footnotes a capella choir and Voices choir will be helping to create a Christmassy atmosphere, as they perform throughout the festival.
It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas!
Monday 3rd December – DICCU Carol Service
For a traditional Christmas Carol Service, come along to Durham Cathedral for Durham’s Inter-Collegiate Christian Union Carol Service. Carols will be led by Durham University Choral Society with an exclusive performance from Durham University Gospel Choir.
Tuesday 4th December – Full Score present a night of Barbershop music – jazz, musical theatre and a few festive songs at St Oswald’s Church from 7.30pm.
Wednesday 5th December – This promises to be a really busy day, filled with music to enjoy, whatever your taste. New Art Music Ensemble will be giving today’s Lunchtime concert from 1:15pm, in the Music Department on Palace Green.
Later the same day, Voices Choir will perform their festive offering, ‘Voices at Christmas’ at St Oswald’s Church, an evening dedicated to Christmas music of all genres – from jazzy to traditional!
Friday 7th December – Join Durham University Classical Ensemble for Beethoven’s glorious seventh symphony, in the beautiful setting of Castle Great Hall.
Sharing the Christmas spirt
Saturday 8th December – Chamber Choir present works by Britten, McDowall and Bingham in ‘A Boy Was Born’. This evening of Christmas celebration will be in St Godric’s Church
Sunday 9th December – And if tradition isn’t for you, join A Cappella group Foot Notes, for ‘I’m dreaming of an A CAPPELLA Christmas’ will be an evening full of popular tunes in Durham Castle Great Hall.
Monday 10th December – The Christmas Concert. Durham University Orchestral Society, Chamber Choir and Northern Lights team up in true Christmas spirit to present a night of traditional carols and festive favourites in Elvet Methodist Church (and expect the reappearance of Sleigh Ride!). £1 from every ticket will go to charity.
Tuesday 11th December – Join Durham’s largest mixed A Cappella Choir, Durham Dynamics the for their Christmas Concert featuring chart toppers, classics and festive tunes.
Wednesday 12th December – For traditional brass this Christmas, join Durham University Concert Band and Durham University Brass Band for ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’. With medleys of seasonal tunes, join two showstopping bands at their annual December concert.
Even more than 12 days of Christmas!
Thursday 13th December – DUPO Chamber Orchestra present ‘Hats, Tangos and Shakespeare’, a varied and exciting range of music from around the world. Hear Honnegger with Piazzolla at St Margaret’s Church.
Friday 14th December – Join the Choral Society for ‘On Christmas Night’. A concert to round off the academic year with seasonal masterpieces like Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and St Nicholas, In Dulci Jubilo and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols.
Further information on all Music Durham concerts can be found at www.musicdurham.org.
From Music Durham, we wish you a very merry and musical Christmas year