Durham Festival of the Arts 2018 promises three weeks of music, theatre, photography and masterclasses. I’m the Music Masterclasses Coordinator for the festival, so I’ve spent this year preparing tons of events for the annual festival that returns to the city in June.
Durham Festival of the Arts (DFOA) is three week long festival running from Friday 1 – Friday 22 June 2018, centered around the Durham creative experience. We’ve got concerts, plays, musicals, exhibitions, open-mic nights, a Blackbox, plus what I’m going to tell you about- a range of musical masterclasses for both students and the general public to enjoy.
Music Masterclasses for the DFOA are what Music Durham is all about. To me, music at Durham is a mix of Classical, Brass, and International sounds, and we’ve made sure that there are events representing each of these aspects of our student community. We’ve got a Brass Community Day¸open to players of all ages and abilities on Saturday 2 June, at St. Oswald’s Institute from 10am – 12pm, with a short lunch break and an exhibition at 12:30pm of the provided music. This event is open to everyone and we’re encouraging members of the general public to come along to watch and listen. We’re excited to welcome Mr Russell Gray to lead this masterclass. Russel has recently worked closely with renowned local Brass Bands, such as the Reg Vardy Band and our own Durham University Brass Band. If you play Brass or Percussion, or just enjoy the sound – come and join us!
For singers (or those that appreciate the sound of a wonderful choir), come enjoy Durham Singers and Castle Chapel Choir on Saturday 16 June, at the Vocal Masterclass with Ralph Allwood, in the Concert Room in the Music Department on Palace Green, from 1:00pm – 4:30pm. Ralph Allwood is a Durham Alum and was Eton College’s Director of Music. We’ll also be featuring soloists at this event – check out our Facebook page to see who you’ll be listening to. This is you chance to learn from one of the Greats!
If you’re interested in something more exotic than our Classical or Brass events, come check out our Gamelan Taster Session at Arts on the Green, on Saturday 9 June, where Durham University’s Gamelan Society will be performing from 2:30pm – 3pm. You can also try playing the Gamelan instruments as the society will be running a taster session after their performance, from 3pm -3:30pm. These events are for everyone, so if you’ve always wanted to have a go at international music, why not give Indonesian Gamelan a try? Their group is always open to new members, even if you’re not a student, so perhaps you’ll find a new talent at Arts on the Green!
And so much more!
This is just a handful of the masterclass events taking place – check out the Durham Festival of the Arts website for details of other events, such as our Organ Masterclass. You can also take a peek at the plays, concerts, that make up the Durham Arts Festival