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Durham Choral Society returns for new season
A POPULAR community choir resumes rehearsals for the new season next week.
Durham Choral Society, the biggest community choir in the Durham area, welcomes singers of all ages and abilities.
It performs twice a year in Durham Cathedral, plus a Christmas concert and carol singing outings.
This year, the society’s January concert in Durham Cathedral will feature Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
A spokeswoman said: “The exhilaration of singing a work like this in the setting of Durham Cathedral is definitely good for the soul.”
By contrast, next May the choir will perform two 21st century works inspired by the history and culture of the North-East: Will Todd’s Gala and Gloria, based on the Gloria from the Latin Mass and inspired by the Durham Miners’ Gala, and a new piece by Will Lang based on local folk songs.
The date will be the latter piece’s world premiere and the choir will be joined by local folk musicians for the performance.
The Christmas concert, An Evening of Festive Music, will be held in Elvet Methodist Church, Old Elvet, Durham, on Saturday, December 21, when the choir will again join forces with the NASUWT Riverside Brass Band.
There will be carols and Christmas music and the proceeds will go to charity.
Also in the countdown to Christmas, choir members will sing around the University Hospital of North Durham.
Durham Choral Society meets at Durham Johnston School, in Crossgate Moor, Durham, on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. The first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 4.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit durhamchoralsociety.org.uk
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