Archive for August, 2007

Handel’s ‘Messiah’

A concert in Sunderland Minster, featuring David Murray, as Conductor, Sara Parry – Mezzo Soprano, Katherine Moore – Soprano, James Geer – Tenor and Philip Smith – Baritone.

Originally performed in 1742, Messiah remains a well loved and familiar piece but this performance will provide an opportunity to enjoy the character and flair of Handel’s music.

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) or £6 in the Gallery.

‘Rio Grande’ and ‘Carmina Burana’

A Saturday evening concert at Sunderland Minster.

This performance of Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ and Lambert’s ‘Rio Grande’, conducted by David Murray, will feature Claire McKenna, soprano, Christopher Bowen, tenor, and Simon Thorpe, baritone, and the Bishopwearmouth Young Singers.

Tickets in the Nave are £10.00 (£8 concessions) and £5.oo in the Gallery – door open from 6.45 p.m.

Elgar ‘Gerontius’

A Saturday evening concert at Sunderland Minster.

The soloists for this performance, conducted by David Murray, will be John Graham-Hall (Gerontius), Anne-Marie Owens (The Angel), and Philip Smith (baritone).

Tickets are £10.00 (£8 concessions) and £5.00 in the Gallery with limited view, obtainable through Sunderland Minster, via our web-site – – or at the door (which opens at 6.45 p.m.)

Bach ‘B minor Mass’

A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster. Tickets are £10.00 (£8 concessions) or £5.00 (Gallery).

Conducted by David Murray, this concert features Sarah Redgewick (soprano), Katherine Allen (mezzo), Philip Salmon (tenor) and Christian Immler (bass).

The Mass in B Minor is widely regarded as one of the supreme achievements of “classical” music. The work has been summarised as ‘the consecration of a whole life: started in 1733 for ‘diplomatic’ reasons, it was finished in the very last years of Bach’s life, when he had already gone blind. This monumental work is a synthesis of every stylistic and technical contribution Bach made to music. It is also the most astounding spiritual encounter between the worlds of Catholic glorification and the Lutheran cult of the cross. Scholars have suggested that the Mass in B Minor belongs in the same category as the Art of Fugue, as a summation of Bach’s deep lifelong involvement with musical tradition.


‘Last Night of the Proms’

A Saturday evening concert in the City Hall, Newcastle.

Tickets £12 to £25 from the City Hall Box Office

(Tel: 2612606) or from

This now annual charity evening is organised by the North east Promenaders against Cancer (NEPAC) and raises money for local cancer research and care for local people.

The featured artists this year are the English Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Bradley Creswick and singers Janice Cairns – soprano, Suzanne Manuell – soprano and Blake Fischer – tenor. These artists will be backed up by a magnificent choir of over 200 voices from the local Bishopwearmouth Choral Society, the Ryton Choral Society and the Hexham Abbey Festival Choir.