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Ushaw re-opens for public visits 20th March 2018, Wednesday to Saturday
from 11am until 5pm.
Our new cafe and shop is now open Monday to Friday from 11am until 2pm.
In the meantime ...we remain open (by appointment) for Group Tours; Conferences, Wedding Receptions; Meetings etc.
For more information on who we are, our history and visitor details, click below.
Ushaw has a tradition of choral singing dating back over 200 years, and regularly hosts choral performances as part of its events programme. As part of our ongoing development, a new choir has come together to perform in our beautiful St Cuthbert's Chapel, and to revive and renew the musical tradition at Ushaw. Our group of around thirty singers will be performing at various musical events within our programme, as well as singing Vespers three times a year in the glorious Chapel. The choir has already led a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas, and will be performing two major choral words - Fauré’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria - later this year.
The choir meets every Thursday evening from 7.30pm until 9.15pm, and is accompanied by the hugely experienced Allan Coombes, organist at St Margaret’s Church in Durham, who has performed several times to highly receptive audiences here at Ushaw. Rehearsals are held in the Theatre. There are no auditions for membership of the choir; all that is required is enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to sing in tune. Weekly subs are £2.50.
For more information, visit our page.
Like music, theatre has been a feature of life at Ushaw since its inception in 1808. We want to bring together local people interested in performing and supporting theatrical productions at Ushaw and create a new theatre company.
To get involved, visit our page.
Friday Mass will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Chapel (next to St Cuthbert’s Chapel) at 12.30 pm on Fridays from 23rd March 2018. Ushaw’s chaplain in residence Canon Bob Spence will deliver the Mass.
Canon Bob was on the staff at Ushaw many years ago and has just retired as Parish Priest at Lanchester.
We hope this will be appreciated by visitors and local people.
Ushaw College was founded over two hundred years ago and has a rich and fascinating history, with some of the finest Victorian architecture in the North East - surprisingly however, it is relatively unknown. We are now opening up our beautiful chapels and performance spaces for an exciting and varied programme of folk, classical, jazz and choral music as well as talks, plays, exhibitions and services. Our impressive buildings and grounds, which are also being restored, are worthy of a visit themselves and will be open, along with our gift shop and Café Ushaw, before and after events as shown in our programme. We hope that as a result, Ushaw will soon be much better known, it will be a major cultural venue for the North East and it will become a special place for local people to pop in and spend time in the beautiful gardens and chapels.
Fr. John Marsland