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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.

Retiring collection

18th August, 2.30pm

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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.

Runtime 110 minutes including 20 minute interval. 

19th August, 7pm

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Buster Keaton: The General


29th September


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"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

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Cockerton Band

20th October 2.30PM


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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

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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

3rd November, 7pm

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St Cuthbert's Hospice Christmas Fayre

17th November, 11am

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Organ Recital - Jonathan Clegg



24th November

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Fenham Ensemble - Rachmaninoff Vespers



24th November, 7PM

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Durham Police Band & Choir

1st December, 7.30PM

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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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