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For a list of Jazz events throughout the year, please check our Jazz Events Page. We have a very exciting Jazz program with regular performances throughout the year. 

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, 2pm

Retiring Collection

SRP Fringe Festival April 13th - 14th

Supported by the Walter Bergmann Fund

The Fringe, featuring emerging young artists, will run alongside the annual SRP Festival in Durham. The series of concerts will take place throughout the weekend utilising the historic gothic architecture of Ushaw College. These concerts are free and open to all festival goers and the public. An opportunity to hear and interact with some of the best and exciting young recorder talent in the country.

Performances will run throughout the day on Saturday (11am - 7pm) in various locations around Ushaw. Similarly on Sunday (10am - 12.30pm). 

Lux Musicae London

Lux Musicae London formed in 2014 to musically explore the transition from the Renaissance to the Early Baroque. With their diverse instrumentation (harp, lute, recorders, voices and viol) and their expressive and rhetorically led approach to text and melody, the group enjoys an exciting range of instrumental colours and performance practices. Their programmes reflect this, connecting the visual arts, poetry and philosophy with the music of the turbulent sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

Join Lux Musicae London on the 14th April at 11am for a Family Concert. Join this exciting young ensemble on a musical journey, discovering the stories behind the music as they introduce you to the world of early instruments with voice, recorders, harp, theorbo and cello. 

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With repertoire spanning from the 14th to the 21st Centuries, Parandrus prides itself on exploring the interconnections between ancient and contemporary works. Featuring Charlotte Barbour-Condini, Sophie Westbrooke and Daniel Swani, the ensemble first met at the Junior Department at the Royal Academy of Music, launched Parandrus in the summer of 2017. The ensemble quickly received recognition abroad, being awarded first prize in the category for professional ensembles at Open Recorder Days Amsterdam 2017.

A Handel on Jazz

Award winning jazz saxophonist, recorder player and composer Tom Ridout was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 and is a member of NYJO. Tom also fronts his own bands performing his original music and arrangements. He recently released his debut album No Excuses with a 13 piece band including strings and brass. Predicted by Jazzwise Magazine as an upcoming musician to watch out for.

A Handel on Jazz features Tom as arranger and recorder player, performing re-workings of music from Handel’s Recorder Sonatas for an improvising jazz trio. The project was awarded the Lancaster Youth Jazz commission and features Tom Ridout - recorders, Billy Marrows- guitar and Flo Moore on double bass.

Daniel Swani and Joe Parks Duo

Experience sounds of the future with recorder, synthesiser and percussion. Daniel Swani and Joe Parks present a vibrant programme – Kaleidoscope.

The duo formed in 2016 whilst both 
members were studying at The
 Purcell School of Music. Both of them went on to receive scholarships to study at conservatories in London. Together they have been performing at prestigious venues, including recitals at Wigmore Hall, Drapers Hall and Morley College. Their exciting programme involves early and avant-grade repertoire as well as fusing the two. They have been described as creating “extremely evocative soundworld[s]” and having a “refreshing palette of colour”.

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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