PREVIEW: BRASS Festival events @ Durham Cathedral

Posted on July 3rd 2017 by Whats on Northeast

This month Durham BRASS Festival returns and as part of the celebrations, Durham Cathedral are hosting a range of special events!

The cathedral’s celebration of brass begins with a unique edition of Jazz in the Undercroft, which returns on 12th July with the BBC Big Band Quartet. Martin Shaw, Robin Aspland, Jeremy Brown and Tom Gordon will be putting on an evening of jazz with a brassy twist. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a three-course tapas-style style meal to savour on the night too, and a drinks reception. Well, it is set in their restaurant.

While that’s a tasty deal indeed, things only get more delicious on 14th July when the Durham Cathedral Choir, directed by James Lancelot, and early music virtuosi His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts team up for Venetian Surround Sound. This unique performance will see the pair of musical maestros collaborating to play Venetian music from Gabrieli, Lassus and Prartorius. Since this antiphonal music was pioneered at the great St Mark’s Basilica in Venice though, the concert will see various pieces performed around the cathedral, creating a unique “surround sound” experience that will reverberate around the architecture of the building.

Finally, on 15th July, the Veg Vardy Band and a specially commissioned Festival Chorus drawn from leading choirs will come together to form a special celebration of brass and voice in Belshazzar’s Feast. They’ll perform William Walton’s piece of the same name, which has been transcribed for the two mediums for the first time. With choirs and brass bands representing two of the North East’s deepest regional traditions, it’s set to be a feast for the ears.

With so many delights to experience, there’s plenty for music lovers in indulge in at the Cathedral this month.

For more information about events at Durham Cathedral, including times and prices for each of the events relating to Durham BRASS, visit their website. To find out more about Durham’s BRASS Festival, head over to their site.


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