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Ushaw 2018 Events Programme: 

450th Anniversary Events


2018 is a year filled with events commemorating the 450th anniversary of the foundation of Douai College: Ushaw's predecessor in Flanders. 

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450 Lecture: On Devotional Objects 

Presented by Dr Eleanor Standley, University of Oxford.                              

Tuesday 24th April, 5.30pm



Ushaw 450: Ushaw Conference

Anniversary Conference for the founding of the English College at Douai, 450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future. 

30th April - 2nd May




450 Lecture: John Lingard, the Closure of the English College in Douai, and its 
Re-establishment on English Soil

Presented by Revd Dr Peter Phillips.

Monday 21st May, 5.30pm


 Organ Recital

Join Organist Caroline Hodgson for a recital including the music of Lefebure Wely. 
Retiring collection.

Saturday 28th April, 2.30pm

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Durham Cathedral Choir

Durham Cathedral Choir's first visit to Ushaw with their new Master of Choristers Daniel Cook.  

Tickets: £12
Friday 4th May, 7pm

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Organ Recital

A performance by distinguished international concert organist James Parsons.
Retiring collection.

Saturday 5th May 

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NASUWT Concert Band

Kicking off our 2018 Brass at Ushaw series, the award winning NASUWT Concert Band comes to perform at Ushaw. Led by their new musical director Andrew Hall, this is sure to be an exciting event. 

Saturday 5th May, 7.30PM

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Paul Edis Trio: A Brief History of Jazz Piano

Brilliant pianist Paul Edis is joined by the outstandingly talented Andy Champion and Russ Morgan.

Tickets: £7
Friday 18th May, 7.30pm

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Tanya Anisimova Cello Recital

A masterful performance of Cello music by Russian Cellist and Composer.

Tickets: £7
Saturday 19th May, 7.30pm

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Crook and Weardale 'Creation'

The welcome return of the Crook and Weardale Choral Society, performing Haydn's 'Creation' Parts I and II.

Tickets: £7
Tuesday 22nd May, 7.30pm

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Da Vinci Quartet

Ushaw welcomes back the Da Vinci Quartet playing Purcell and Mendelssohn.

Tickets £7
Saturday 26th May, 2.30pm

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Fabiola Silent Film with Piano Accompaniment

A 100 year old film telling a tale of Christians in ancient Rome, based on the novel by Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman.
Retiring collection.

Saturday 26th May, 6pm

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Vivaldi/Faure Ushaw Chapel Choir

The Ushaw Chapel Choir perform Vivaldi's Gloria and the Faure Requiem in the glorious acoustic of St Cuthbert's Chapel. The Choir is conducted by Alex Chisholm Loxley.

7th June

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Chapel Choir Sts. Bede and Hild

This performance by the vibrant and talented student choir of St's Bede and Hild is not to be missed.

8th June

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XPQ Vasilis Xenopoulos and Nigel Price Band

Fiery young musician Vasilis Xenopoulos teams up with experienced jazz artist Nigel Price to bring you an unforgettable performance in the Francis Thompson Room.

22nd June

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Quintessential Voices

Five glorious voices coming together to offer intimate and exquisite vocal music in the rich acoustic of St Cuthbert's Chapel. A wonderful mix of music across the genres - something for everybody.

23rd June

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Organ Recital: Roger Fisher

Distinguished concert organist Roger Fisher, formerly at Chester Cathedral, includes the Guilmant Sonata in D minor in his programme and music by Bach.

30th June

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Village Voices

Village Voices from Witton le Wear is a recently formed choir led by renowned soprano Philippa Dearsley. They sing a rich and varied programme of choral music with something for everyone. 

7th july

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Cobweb Orchestra

The multi-award winning Cobweb Orchestra performs in St Cuthbert's Chapel, programme to include Beethoven overture "Prometheus" Saint-Saens cell concerto, Mendelsshon "Italian" symphony and Dvorak-Furiant from Czech Suite.

7th July

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Young Cathedral Singers Summer Showcase

Durham Cathedral Young Singers’ Summer Showcase will be a celebration of all the different kinds of music they have learned throughout the year. Covering classical music by composers such as Michael Tippett and Karl Jenkins, brand new songs from Blockbusters such as The Greatest Showman, favourite songs from musicals, and everything in between! The concert will feature children in the younger singing group, Minstrels, as well as the older Training and Chamber choirs. 

15th July

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Organ Recital: Francesca Massey

Continuing our programme of fantastic organ recitals, the exceptionally talented Francesca Massey comes to perform at Ushaw. Programme to include music by Demessieux, Flor Peters, Wagner arr, Lemare and Paul Creston.

21st July

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Vespers with Cappella Nova

Cappella Nova will support the service of Vespers with psalms, canticles, hymns and anthems from across the centuries.

28th July

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Royal Northern Sinfonia

The Region's internationally recognised Chamber Orchestra brings Grieg, Sibelius and Rautavarra to the comfort and intimacy of the Exhibition Hall.

Grieg Holberg Suite, Sibelius Rakavasta and Quintet in D minor Voces Intimae arr. for Strings together with Rautavarra - Pelimannit (The Fiddlers’) Op 1.

28th July

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Piano Recital: Alex Chisholm Loxley

Alex Chisholm Loxley gives his second recital on the 1908 restored Broadwood Grand Piano with a programme including Chopin and Mozart.

4th August

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Organ Recital: Matthew Atherton

The 6th of this year's outstanding organ recitals, performed by talented organist and music teacher Matthew Atherton. Programme to include Mozart, Bach and Vierne.

18th August

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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.

19th August

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