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For a list of Jazz events throughout the year, please check our Jazz Events Page

For a list of Brass events throughout the year, please check our Brass Events Page.

Organ Recital: Caroline Hodgson

Programme to include works by Gigout, Faure and Susato.

16th May, 12.15pm

Retiring Collection

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, 7pm


Tübingen Musikschule 

Concert by Tübingen Musikschule in St Cuthbert's Chapel. The full concert programme will include:

 Ferderick Delius:
·         Sleigh Ride
·         On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
·         Summer Evening

Georges Bizet:
·         Symphony in C

Wednesday 19th June, 7pm

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Tom Scott PIANO 
Jonathan Scott ORGAN

Brothers Jonathan & Tom Scott return to Ushaw for another performance 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 for piano and organ as well as the duos' own virtuosic arrangements of well known classical works. The duo have over 9 million online video views and have released several CDs on their own label, with recent performances taking them to Germany, Spain, Belgium, France, Norway and Taiwan.

17th August, 2pm

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Folk Night at Ushaw

WINDY GYLE BAND (Paul Knox, Ged & Nikki Lawson, Anthony & Heather Robb) welcome two new members this year; traditional fiddle player Ruth Brown and top moothie player Jimmy Little.

This maintains and expands the bands combination of freshness and tradition thanks to having a member born in each decade from the 1930s to 1980s. 

Their driving, toe-tapping music (on fiddles, moothie, pipes & guitar) owes much to the ‘Shepherds’ Northumbrian style. 

Here’s what others say: “This music really talks… uncluttered and proud, it is only one step away from the tradition which inspired it … ( fRoots)Great tunes, some fantastic harmonies …such a sweet, sweet sound, this lot!” (Karen Tweed). “Music truly does break down barriers, especially when it’s as sumptuous as this”! (Tony Hendry: Living Tradition). 

Recently returned from their eleventh Whitby Folk Week the band is delighted to be back in the wonderful setting of Ushaw.

6th September

Residential Research Library Inaugural Conference: Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities

10th September 2019 - 13th September 2019

St Chad’s College, Durham University and Ushaw College 

**Registration now open**

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Early booking discount of 20% for bookings made by 3 June 2019

Full details and programme available here

The final date for all registrations is 15 July 2019.


We are delighted to confirm the following plenary speakers:

Timothy Bolton (Bloomsbury Auctions)

Anne Thayer (Lancaster Theological Seminary)

James Carley (Kent)

Ushaw’s Library forms part of the Durham Residential Research Library, a project led by Durham University in partnership with Ushaw and Durham Cathedral and the only one of its kind in the UK. While at Ushaw on Days 2 and 3, delegates will be offered the opportunity to see some of the many treasures in the Library collection, which contains around 30,000 early printed books and a major collection of archives and manuscripts, some of which formed part of the medieval monastic library of Durham Priory. On the final day of the Conference (Friday 13 September) there will be an opportunity for delegates to view some of the collections based at Durham Cathedral and Durham University.

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