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Organ Recital: Matthew Atherton
Matthew Atherton studied organ with Ian Little, James Lancelot and Keith Wright. He holds an M.A. in Musicology from Durham University and is a Fellow of Trinity College of Music. On leaving university Matthew was appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Barnard Castle School in County Durham. After a short period he was also appointed Director of Music at Barnard Castle Prep-School and this role ran alongside his work in the Senior School. In January 2013 Matthew took up the post of Director of Music at Aysgarth School. Under Matthew’s direction the Aysgarth Senior Choir toured Paris giving concerts in the Abbey churches of St. Sulpice, St. Germain-des-Prés and La Trinité. They have also given two concerts at Chatsworth House and a concert in Lincoln cathedral. In April 2017 the choir toured Normandy giving concerts in Bayeux Cathedral, Caen and Houlgate.In addition to his demanding teaching post, Matthew is a frequent and well-known organ recitalist having given concerts at many churches and cathedrals great and small.
Programme to include music by Bach, Mozart, and Vierne.
18th August, 2.30pm
Opera dei Lumi - Esther
Steadily establishing a reputation as specialists in music from the Enlightenment era, Opera dei Lumi return to Ushaw with a rare performance of the very first English oratorio: Handel's masterpiece Esther. This sacred drama follows the biblical narrative in which the King of Persia decides the fate of the Jewish people through the extension of his golden sceptre. Using the earliest performable version from 1720, Opera dei Lumi explore Handel's skillful synthesis of English pastoral and Italian operatic styles that would become the hallmark for the English oratorio tradition that followed.
Runtime 110 minutes including 20 minute interval.
19th August, 7pm
Prince Bishops Brass
Prince Bishops Brass Ensemble are a brass quintet based in County Durham. The five members, playing Trumpets, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba bring a wealth of musical experience to their performances from a broad range of genres, from Baroque and Renaissance to upbeat jazz and swing. All are experienced musicians who bring a great sense of enjoyment to their performances, and now here to Ushaw.
This performance shall be in St Cuthbert's Chapel.
1st September 7.30PM
Piano Recital - Alison Gill
8th September, 2.30pm
Claude Debussy - 100th anniversary
Debussy Deux Arabesques
"Music is the silence between the notes"
Debussy Reverie, Satie Gymnopedie no.1,Poulenc Nocturne,Messiaen Regard de L'Etoile,Debussy Clair de Lune,"I am more and more convinced that music is not, in essence, a thing which can be cast into traditional and fixed form. It is made up of colours and rhythms"
Debussy Etude no. 1 "pour les cinq doigts",Poulenc Improvisation no.7 in C major,Chabrier Scherzo-Valse
"Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by the changing breezes"
Debussy Images book 1 (Reflets dans L'eau, Hommage a Rameau, Mouvement),Ravel Ondine (from Gaspard de la nuit),Debussy L'Isle Joyeuse
Scott Brothers Duo
Tom Scott PIANO, Jonathan Scott ORGAN
Brothers Jonathan & Tom Scott present an unmissable concert of duos for piano and organ, demonstrating the full range of sounds and colours available from this brilliant combination in the stunning setting of St. Cuthbert's Chapel. Their programme includes original works, as well as their own virtuosic arrangements of popular classics such as Mozart's Magic Flute Overture and Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.2. The duo have over 5 million online video views and have released several CDs on their own label, with recent performances taking them to Germany, Spain, France, Norway and Taiwan.“I don't think I've ever met two people so talented as the Scott Brothers” MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS www.scottbrothersduo.com
22nd September, 2.30pm
Kathryn Tickell & David Almond: Tales & Tunes
These artists’ work grows from the landscape, language, history and strange beauty of the north. With the drive of David’s storytelling and Kathryn’s love of the traditions of her native Northumbria, the poetic power of language and music combine. On stage Kathryn and David are joined by accordionist and clog dancer Amy Thatcher to bring you a memorable evening of stories, songs and, of course, irrepressible music. If you enjoyed Kathryn’s “Northumbrian Voices” this is an unmissable show for you!
“I can’t remember feeling so exhilarated by such a match of music and landscape.” Richard Morrison, The Times (on Kathryn’s "Northumbrian Voices”).
28th September, 7.30pm
Buster Keaton: The General
"Durham Pride" Easington Band & InterOpera
InterOpera proudly presents a scintillating evening of outstanding entertainment with Easington Band in the spectacular surroundings of Ushaw Chapel. The programme will thrill with favourite overtures/solos and choruses and reflections on the inheritance and beauty of our glorious County.
Highlights include an exciting IO commission from renowned composer Julian Philips and poet Stephen Plaice, linking with our forthcoming project.
Join us on Saturday October 13th 2018 at 7.30 pm in Ushaw Chapel for an unmissable evening featuring Easington Band, Soprano Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz, Baritone Chris Childs-Santos and the glorious choir of Ushaw Chapel ( director Alex Chisholm-Loxley) under the baton of InterOpera MD Alistair Dawes, with Steve Robson and Alex Chisholm-Loxley.
13th October, 7.30pm
Emma Fisk and Paul Edis
Emma Fisk (violin) and Paul Edis (piano) present a programme of classical, jazz and tango music in the intimate setting of the Francis Thompson Room at Ushaw College.
26th October, 7.30pm
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
3rd November, 7pm
Tickets coming soon.
St Cuthbert's Hospice Christmas Fayre
17th November, 11am
Tickets coming soon
Organ Recital - Jonathan Clegg
Fenham Ensemble - Rachmaninoff Vespers
24th November, 7PM
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