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Christmas Selling Exhibition

Ushaw has again invited artists from Durham to participate in its Christmas selling exhibition. Artists working in all mediums including ceramics, digital, drawing, glass, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture have submitted their works which are now on display in the William Allen Gallery. 

The exhibition will start on November 17th and be open Wednesday - Saturday during standard opening hours. 


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 and will be open Wednesday - Saturday during standard opening hours. 


Ushaw Carols

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

11th December, 7.30pm


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Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Readings of a true Christmas classic, in the warm and rich surroundings of the Francis Thompson room. Accompanied by a sumptuous 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

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Ushaw Carols: The Ushaw Singers

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

13th December, 12.30pm

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Ushaw Carols: Ushaw Chapel Choir

Our very own Ushaw Chapel Choir performs in St Cuthbert's Chapel.

13th December, 7.30pm

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Christmas Cream Tea

Cream 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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Ushaw Chapel Choir at St Nicholas's - A Christmas Celebration

Join the Ushaw Chapel Choir at St Nicholas's Church in Durham Market Place for an evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas music. Retiring collection.

Musical Director: Alex Chisholm-Loxley

Accompanist: Allan Coombes

15th December, 7.30pm at St Nicholas's Church, Durham

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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

After a sell-out performance in December 2017 and December 2018 at the Sage, Gateshead, A Jazzy Christmas comes to Ushaw

Featuring new arrangements of festive favourites penned by ‘brilliant young

pianist’ Paul Edis and performed by some of the leading lights on the UK jazz scene. With Jo

Harrop (vocals), Matt Anderson (sax), John Garner (violin) Graham Hardy (trumpet) Jason Holcomb (trombone) Andy Champion (double bass) Russ

Morgan (drums) and special guests.

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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Cobweb Orchestra

The fantastic Cobweb Orchestra will be joined by the fabulous Fenella Humphreys, winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, in Tchaikovsky's violin concerto. Performed in St Cuthbert's Chapel.

24th March, 6pm


The Unthanks - Unaccompanied, As We Are

Where does a band go, after a symphonic journey that peaks with orchestral performances at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall? Back to the beginning of course. Before fronting one of the most artistically brave and revered bands working today, Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank grew up singing songs without accompaniment, in weaving, unschooled vocal harmony. As if to prove that creativity should never be about ambition or aspiration, The Unthanks move on from their recent orchestral explorations by going back to what they know and do best -singing in unaccompanied harmony - joined on this tour by Unthanks member Niopha Keegan to make a vocal trio. The three have already established a band within a band in The Unthanks, with the success of haunting harmony signature pieces like Magpie, recently brought to wider attention by Mackenzie Crook’s beautifully poignant series, Detectorists. On this tour, they fully explore their rich and unique vocal combinations, with brand new material and arrangements, alongside more familiar Unthanks material. Believing unaccompanied song to be a performance art of storytelling and communication, instead of recording a studio album, each show will be recorded and there will be chance at shows to pre-order a forthcoming album compiled from live performances on this tour.

24th May 2019

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