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Christmas Sunday Lunch in The Refectory

Sunday lunch returns to the refectory at Ushaw. Join us for a spectacular Christmas Sunday Lunch in the stunning surroundings of our Pugin designed Refectory

Booking is essential. Please call on 0191 373 8500 or email meet@ushaw.org for further details

Every Sunday from 24th November - 16th December


"Heart of Durham" InterOpera with Easington Colliery Band and The Ushaw Chapel Choir

An evening of pride and celebration with something for everyone.

The countryside and the people of County Durham are celebrated in this evening’s concert. InterOpera reprises some of their wonderful past commissions from Durham-born composer Will Todd and introduces an atmospheric new commission, The Promised Child by Julian Philips and Stephen Plaice.

Julian is recognised as one the UK’s most versatile composers. He was the first composer-in-residence at Glyndebourne and Stephen is a well-known dramatist and one of Britain's leading librettists.

The concert, under the experienced baton of Music Director Alistair Dawes, features the rich voice of well-loved Australian soprano Laura Wolk-Levanowicz, described in Opera magazine as “ a star voice …. electrifying, vocally every inch an Aida”. The dramatic baritone is Chris Childs Santos, currently studying with the great Renato Bruson.

InterOpera is delighted to be working with their long-time collaborator and arranger Steve Robson and will be presenting his well-loved piece Condatis. New partners are Easington Colliery Brass Band and the Ushaw Chapel Choir under the direction of Alex Chisholm-Loxley.

With a mixture of well-loved overtures to scintillating opera solos and duets to exciting choruses, this  will be a moving and  evening

Following the concert, don’t miss the chance to meet the artists at the after-show reception.

13th October, 7.30pm

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Frank Henry Mason - A Voyage of Discovery

A talk by exhibition curator Ed Yardley on the marine paintings of Frank Henry Mason, which feature in our current exhibition with special emphasis on his naval paintings from the First and Second World Wars. The talk will be followed by cream teas.

Tickets are free, though cream teas will need to be purchased on the day. 

18th October, 2pm

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Cockerton Band

Formed in 1863, Cockerton Prize Silver Band are based in Darlington where they rehearse in their own dedicated bandroom in the grounds of Cockerton Club.

Under the leadership of new musical director Andy Hunter, Cockerton Band are proud to present their brand-new programme of music. From traditional to modern pieces and also featuring many of the band’s soloists, this concert will have something to suit everyone.

20th October 2.30PM

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Riviera Quartet

Described by The Crack magazine as creating, ‘a sound one can absolutely luxuriate in,’ and by Jazz Northeast as, ‘music which sounds unfailingly fresh’, the Newcastle based Riviera Quartet aim to capture the essence of early 1960s Dizzy Gillespie/Lalo Schifrin on the French Riviera with original compositions that draw as much from AC Jobim as they do from Horace Silver, but with a contemporary twist. The mission statement: to bring the combined energy of Bossa Nova, Blues and Bebop to new listeners and to build a broad audience. Imagine driving along the highway from Nice to Monaco, or even Los Angeles to Monterey, in a convertible – this is the music you would listen to.

The lineup consists of American trumpet/flugelhorn player Pete Tanton, with Mark Williams, guitar; John Pope, bass; Russ Morgan, Drums. This quartet is a meeting ground for a blend of interests which range from free-form improvisation to straight – ahead jazz. The interplay between the trumpet and guitar has been likened to the Jim Hall/Tom Harrell pairing. Morgan and Pope complete what has become one of the most in-demand rhythm sections in the Northeast.

October 26th 


Organ Recital - Andrew Christer

The Edwin Bonney Organ Recital SeriesAndrew Christer – Director of Music and Organist, St John the Evangelist Church, Darlington


27th October, 2.30pm

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"Music Through The Ages" Reg Vardy Band & Local Youth Bands

Brass Bands as we know them today have less than 200 years of history.

Let us imagine that they have existed for 2000 years, and think how they may have sounded, as we set off together on a journey of  “Music Through The Ages”. 

Six junior bands from around the North East will start work on this Suite for Band throughout September and October, then will come together to enjoy a workshop with an all star group of tutors from the Reg Vardy Band, then perform “Music Through The Ages” in the fabulous theatre at Ushaw.

A new movement has been commissioned especially for this performance to bring Ushaw into this local story, as part of the 450th Anniversary of it’s foundation in Douai, France in 1568.

Please come along and hear the young musicians tell this story of our northern heritage as we journey around our region, visiting the Roman Wall, Holy Island, Durham Cathedral, Whitworth Hall in Spennymoor, the railway museum at Shildon, before finishing up having fun at the “Angel of the North”.

For the second half of the concert the youngsters will join the audience to sit back and be thrilled by the brilliance of the “Reg Vardy Band”.

3rd November, 7pm

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Remembrance at Ushaw - 100 Years On

Poems and Music from the first World war - 8th November, 2.30pm

Mass in st Cuthbert's Chapel, all are welcome - 9th November, 12.30pm

Film: All Quiet on the western Front - 9th November, 2.30pm Click here to book, price includes tea/coffee and cake.

Service of Remembrance in St Cuthbert's Chapel with Crook & Weardale Choral Society - 10th November 4pm (retiring collection)


St Cuthbert's Hospice Christmas Fayre

St Cuthbert's Hospice's annual Christmas Fair is returning to the magical surroundings of Ushaw College this year. Join us on Saturday 17th November 2018 to kick start your Christmas shopping. There will be an array of stalls to browse and you can try your luck in the hugely popular tombola. We’re also expecting a special visit from the man himself, Father Christmas.

17th November, 11am

Free entry


Organ Recital - Jonathan Clegg

Recital by talented young organist Jonathan Clegg, in the grand surroundings of St Cuthbert's Chapel.

24th November

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Fenham Ensemble - Rachmaninoff Vespers

Fenham Ensemble in St Cuthbert's Chapel.

Bar before and during the interval.

24th November, 7PM

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Film: Joyeux Noël

This 2005 epic war drama film is based on the Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish, and German soldiers on the Western Front.

There will be tea/coffee and a mince pie for all. 

30th November, 2.30pm

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Christmas Tree Festival

Ushaw is opening its doors, chapels and gardens for Christmas. A glorious Festival of Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes decorated and lit by local flower arranger and enthusiasts. The theme will be our best known and much loved seasonal songs and carols. The Festival will open with the lighting of St Cuthbert's Chapel Christmas Tree - a lovely occasion to bring the family along and make it the start of the Advent and Christmas Season. 

Everywhere £5 entry or annual pass.

Launches on 30th November, 5pm and runs right through until Christmas.


Christmas in the Gardens

Join our gardeners for seasonal outdoor activities in the Ushaw grounds.

1st December, 1pm - 3pm


Durham Police Band & Choir

The Durham Police Band perform a seasonal spectacular in the theatre.

1st December, 7.30PM

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Advent Service

Advent service and lighting of the 1st candle of the Advent wreath in the magical surroundings of St Cuthbert's chapel

2nd December, 4pm


Christmas Baroque with RNS

Christmas Baroque with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in St Cuthbert's Chapel

6th December, 7.30PM

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Christmas Cream Tea and Poetry Afternoon

Join us for Christmas cream tea, poems and readings in the Francis Thompson Room. 

6th December, 2.30pm

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Advent Mass 

Advent Mass in St Cuthbert's Chapel. All are welcome. 

7th December, 12.30pm


Film Matinee: The Holly and the Ivy

Film afternoon, showing 1952 British drama film, The Holly and the Ivy, a story about an English clergyman whose neglect of his grown offspring, in his zeal to tend to his parishioners, comes to the surface at a Christmas family gathering.

Tea/coffee and mince pie available for all. 

7th December, 2.30pm

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Decoration Crafting

Join us for colouring in, making your own rustic wood and ribbon Christmas decorations or try your hand at a beautiful paper 'teardrop' tree ornament. 

8th December


The Snowman

This festive favourite returns to Ushaw for the fourth year running. Bar and food available before each showing.

8th December 1.30pm and again at 3pm

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Voices of Hope Christmas Concert

8th December, 7PM


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Ushaw Carols

Local favourites Crook and Weardale Choral Society perform in St Cuthbert's Chapel.

11th December, 7.30pm


Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Film showing of a Christmas classic, in the rich surroundings of the Francis Thompson room. Accompanied by a cream tea. 

12th December, 2.30pm

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Ushaw Carols

Diocesan Choir shall perform in St Cuthbert's Chapel.

12th December, 7.30pm


Ushaw Carols: The Ushaw Singers

Staff and volunteers choir to perform once again in St Cuthbert's Chapel.

13th December, 12.30pm


Christmas Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea, poems and readings.

13th December, 2.30pm

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Advent Mass

Advent Mass in St Cuthbert's Chapel. All are welcome. 

14th & 21st December, 12.30pm


Christmas Film Matinee: White Christmas

Another wonderful festive film, showing in the theatre.

14th December, 2.30pm

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Messiah (London Version, 1750)

Following their highly praised performance of Handel's most famous work in 2017, Opera dei Lumi are delighted to return to the beautiful surroundings of Ushaw College with another Messiah. Bringing together the finest musical talent from across the UK, this year Opera dei Lumi will explore Handel's performances in London in 1750 – a watershed moment in the work's evolution to how we know and love it today. Join us to revel in the effervescence of this magnificent masterpiece, featuring many of the composer’s best known choruses (notably the Hallelujah), and arias of unparalleled virtuosity and lyricism.

16th December, 3pm

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Christmas Cream Tea

Cream tea, poems, and readings in the Francis Thompson Room

20th December, 2.30pm

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A Jazzy Christmas

Featuring new arrangements of festive favourites

20th December, 7.30pm

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Christmas Film Matinee: It's a Wonderful Life

Another classic Christmas film, shown in the Francis Thompson Room, including refreshments.

21st December, 2.30pm

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Carols and Lighting of the Advent Wreath Fourth Candle

22nd December, 3pm

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