Area: County Durham

The Category Bishop Auckland is a subset of County Durham. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Bishop Auckland which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Bishop Auckland Town Hall

- The Andreas Ensemble


Category Bishop Auckland
! Bishop Auckland KEY
VISITS (to the Website)30
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)58

The Category Darlington is a subset of County Durham. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Darlington which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Darlington Clarinet Ensemble

- Darlington Recorded Music Society

- Sans Pareil Singers


! Darlington KEY
VISITS (to the Website)31
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)34

The Category Durham is a subset of County Durham. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Durham City which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.


In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Durham Opera Ensemble


Category Durham
! Durham KEY
VISITS (to the Website)11
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)12

'For over 25 years, Auckland Castle served as the standard location for BAMS concerts, particularly for the main summer series, but as the remodelling plans of Auckland Castle proceed, St. Andrew's thankfully offers a wonderful new venue for BAMS in which to continue its programmes as normal after September 2016 and in particular for our 2017 series and beyond. St. Andrew's, the largest parish church in County Durham, was built almost entirely in the 13th Century.'


* Bishop Auckland Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)204
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)531

'A not for profit festival that's all about enjoying a family day out listening to live music and raising awareness of local small businesses that can't always afford the advertising they need to get established. Chips, Fresh pizza, Hog Roast, Real Ale and Draft lager/beer for the grownups. Attended by over 3,000 people in 2017 ...' Held First Weekend June.


* Consett Festival
VISITS (to the Website)166
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)398

’DDOCA membership is open to all who are interested, on payment of the appropriate annual subscription. We include among our members professional and amateur musicians of a wide range of interest in and expertise at the organ, students, and non-instrumentalists - as individuals or as a family. New members are always very welcome.‘

* Darlington & District Organists’ & Choirmasters’ Association
VISITS (to the Website)123
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)353

Founded 1932: ‘We have acquired a reputation as one of the friendliest festivals. Due to the hard work of the small committee, the word has spread amongst adjudicators that we are a festival worth coming to, and we hope we can keep up these standards for many years to come.’ Speech & Music Section held in March.

* Darlington Festival for Performing Arts
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)205

'Set up late in 2010 to help protect and promote arts and culture in the town. It was established as a co-operative in Spring 2011 and members include representatives of arts and community groups.'

* Darlington for Culture
VISITS (to the Website)283
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)356

‘The Darlington Jazz Festival, hosted by Darlington Jazz Club, began in April 2011 taking place entirely at The Forum in Darlington. Over the past 7 years, the festival began growing with events taking place across the country and involving renowned Jazz artists ... The Festival is a perfect place for Jazz fans, old and new and is always open to more and more players. For a taster of what we do, don’t miss our Darlington Jazz Club nights, hosted on Sunday nights every fortnight from 5.30pm - 8.00pm.’ Festival held Early May.

Category Darlington
* Darlington Jazz Festival
VISITS (to the Website)73
Also indexedDarlington Jazz Club
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)194
* Darlington Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)165
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)409
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has promoted live jazz in the town since 1996, and it is our aim to continue bringing quality jazz to Darlington. From ragtime to swing, through the hot dance music of the 1920’s, to the revivalist years and the “traddy pop” of the 1950’s and 1960’s, with perhaps some be-bop and jive, we try to provide a programme which has something for everyone. Jazz has always been about entertainment, and the connectivity between the musicians and their audience, but most of all it is about tapping your feet and enjoying yourself. So don’t be shy, give us and jazz a try! You’ll be sure of a warm welcome.’


Category Darlington
* Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club
VISITS (to the Website)107
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)189
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Established in 1996 to use the town's new Steinway, Darlington Piano Society presents piano recitals at 3.00pm on Sunday afternoons in The Central Hall of the Dolphin Centre. Recitalists are soloists of international standing.’

* Darlington Piano Society
VISITS (to the Website)227
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)281
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are rated as the top UK music department in the Complete University Guide 2018, and consistently appear in the top three across other leading rankings ... The Department has internationally recognised research expertise in a wide variety of topics including musicology, theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, music psychology, performance, composition, and music technology ... Durham enjoys a rich musical life: the University boasts numerous choirs, orchestras, opera, jazz and early-music ensembles, and the Department runs its own annual concert series, which attracts soloists from around the World.'


* Department of Music [Durham]
VISITS (to the Website)160
Also indexedDurham University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)274

Music in Schools 'We aim to inspire young people in our communities to enjoy music throughout their lives. We provide a wide range of high quality musical educational opportunities aiming for the highest standards.' The Service is the Lead Organisation for the Durham and Darlington Music Education Hub.


* Durham Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)170
Also indexedDurham and Darlington Music Education Hub
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)276

Founded 2017: ‘We celebrate the vibrant vocal music both local and national, celebrating the heritage, education, spirituality and variety of repertoire of vocal music ... World famous artists ... Thousands of performers ... World Premieres’. Organized by Durham Music Service’. Held Late January - Early February.


Category Choral Festivals
* Durham Vocal Festival
VISITS (to the Website)33
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)93

‘The Sunderland University Big Band is a community big band who rehearse regularly within the university. Band members range from school leavers through to current students and alumni of the university. As well as regular weekly rehearsals the band also host quarterly workshops open to musicians of all ages ... This is an ideal opportunity to work with some of the North East's greatest jazz musicians. As well as regular gigs the Band also host the North East's most successful big band competition and festival.’ Held Early March.


* Great North Big Band Jazz Festival
VISITS (to the Website)98
Also indexedSunderland University Big Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)292

‘We are the organisation within Experience Durham that manages and coordinates the music ensembles within the University, from the 22 ensembles at University level to the numerous College music societies ... Music Durham is a forum of musicians, ensuring unity among the many ensembles in Durham and coordinating and promoting music making around the city. We work directly with society presidents to discuss issues such as collaboration, funding, coordination of events, equipment and society needs.‘‘


* Music Durham
VISITS (to the Website)190
Also indexedExperience Durham
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)111
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Musicon is first and foremost a professional concert series for both the University and the City of Durham as a whole. Our aim is to bring world-leading performers to the North-East, and to offer our audience the chance to experience something unique in the region. At the same time, Musicon is linked to the work carried out in our Music Department. It is often our connections with musicians all over the world that allows us to bring performers of such a high caliber to the city. As a result of this, we are proud to be able to present a programme that is both rich and varied, exploring Western music from the middle ages all the way up to our own time, as well as from a wide range of other cultures around the world.’


* Musicon
VISITS (to the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)91

The Association manages a Wurlitzer console which formerly ‘rose from the depths of the orchestra pit in the New Victoria Theatre, Bradford to entertain patrons with musical interludes. Now installed in a specially converted building, the New. Vic. Organ plays once again, recreating the atmosphere of a different and more leisurely age ... We have a regular concert series where you can see and hear one of the largest theatre pipe organs in Europe, we also participate in the national Heritage Open Days Weekend in September. Everyone is welcome to come along and look around (both front-of-house and behind-the-scenes) to find out what a “Mighty” Wurlitzer is all about! People of all ages are fascinated by the theatre organ, its history, its music, its technology and the way in which it played a major role in the social history of the mid twentieth century’.


* North East Theatre Organ Association
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)86
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School (NORVIS) was founded as an annual summer school in Durham in 1971 ... NORVIS covers a broad range of early music interests, welcoming viol-players, recorder-players, lutenists and baroque string enthusiasts as well as renaissance instrument and harpsichord players – not to mention solo and choral singers. There is a very generous provision of expert tutors.' Held Early August.


VISITS (to the Website)192
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)444

'From its modest beginning within a single venue in September 2006, the festival has gradually expanded to cater for the tastes and interests of travelling folk music enthusiasts and local residents alike ... A monthly Folk Club operates at the Cricket Club outside of the cricket season. Also a number of Festival Fundraisers and charity events are organised throughout the year.'


Category Folk Festivals
* Sedgefield Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)372

'We are a mixed voice choir based in Chester-le-Street, with loyal members travelling to join us from all over the North East: with some coming from as far afield as Yorkshire and Lancashire. Our repertoire has something to suit all tastes, including sacred choral music, folk songs, spirituals, jazz swing and pop arrangements, and seasonal Christmas music.'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Argus Singers
VISITS (to the Website)178
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)399
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Music has been an integral part of Durham Army Cadet Force since 1919. For many years this was as a Corps of Bugles based at the home of the former 1st Durham Cadet Battalion at Londonderry Hall in South Shields. However, following the demise in 1999 of the Territorial Army's Light Infantry Burma Band, the decision was taken to expand Army Cadet Force music in the County to full Military Band status. Today the Borneo Band (based in Chester-le-Street) comprises musicians playing the full range of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Being a military band, performances are given both as a marching display and in concert mode.’


Category Military Bands
+ Band and Bugles of Durham Army Cadet Force
VISITS (to the Website)194
Also indexedBorneo Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)438

‘Based in Esh Winning, approx 6 miles west of Durham City. The band have their own rehearsal premises and welcome any player who would like to join the band or come along for a blow ... The Band also has a learners section ... The Band usually has a full a varied programme to suit all tastes. We have engagements throughout the North East throughout the Summer season and a very full list throughout December. The Band does Contest work within the year at both traditional and entertainments contests ... There is a good atmosphere within the Band as we all enjoy performing without the pressure some higher section Bands endure. So if you would like to join a relaxed group who enjoy giving concerts - come along and find out for yourself.‘


+ Bearpark & Esh Colliery Band
VISITS (to the Website)164
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)211
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A Darlington based brass band which have been running since 1870 ... The Band takes part in a number of competitions & concerts during the year ... The bulk of the band’s fundraising is done through December with many caroling jobs entertaining Christmas shoppers. Please give generously!‘


+ Cockerton Prize Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)99
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)155

'Our membership is open to anyone who would like to sing with about 90 other like-minded souls. Previous choral experience is welcomed, of course, but several of our members joined as novices. All find choral singing an enjoyable and satisfying way of spending a Wednesday evening ... Concerts are held twice a year, normally in November and April, and in most years we also do a "summer sing". We also occasionally perform concerts "on request" for other organisations, to celebrate special events, etc.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Darlington Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)184
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)237
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Community orchestra featuring local amateur musicians. We perform two regular concerts per year and occasionally participate in other events.'


+ Darlington Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)192
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)452

‘The Society has performed twice a year since 1958 at the beautiful 900 seater Darlington Civic Theatre, re-opening as the 1000 seat Darlington Hippodrome in 2017 following a multi-million pound restoration. We are an “amateur” theatre company but our production values and approach to all aspects of the business are totally professional. We have a national reputation for producing large scale, lavish productions that run for 10 nights. We always welcome new members who are 16 years and over who have bags of enthusiasm and talent - we hold two sets of new member auditions each year (generally April and November).’

+ DarlingtonOS
VISITS (to the Website)103
Also indexedDarlington Operatic Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)105
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A mixed voice choir with around 150 members. We sing two major concerts a year in the prestigious setting of Durham Cathedral. Our concerts have full orchestral accompaniment, and professional soloists are brought in as required ... The repertoire of the Society is varied, including traditional choral music such as Bach's B Minor Mass and Mozart's Requiem and works by more modern composers such as Peter Maxwell Davis. We have also performed specially commissioned works by new composers such as Durham born Will Todd, and more recently Will Lang. We're not afraid of a challenge, as shown by our performances of works like Vaughan William's Sea Symphony and Beethoven's Ninth.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Durham Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)229
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in September 2009 by the amalgamation of Broughtons Brass Band and Hetton Silver Band. The name reflects the longstanding association that Broughtons Brass Band has with the Durham Miners’ Association and previously the Durham Area National Union of Mineworkers. The band performs annually on behalf of the Durham Miners’ Association at the Durham Miners’ Gala and the Thomas Hepburn Memorial Service.'



+ Durham Miners Association Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)324

‘A community choir that prides itself in drawing members from all backgrounds and walks of life. In common we have an interest in singing and performing songs from  many different times, communites and traditions. We have performed gospel, doo-wop, Georgian, Balkan, contemporary English, local folk and African music. Members of the choir may have had some or no previous experience but they all enjoy the tremendous feeling that comes from singing with others in an atmosphere that is warm, friendly and fun. From time to time, we perform concerts around the area, both indoors and out.’



Category Community Choirs
+ Durham Scratch Choir
VISITS (to the Website)85
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)195

'We are an amateur chamber choir of about 40 singers, founded in the 1970s in the tradition of other great chamber choirs around the UK. Our core aim is to put on concerts of largely unaccompanied music, in and around Durham City, with a repertoire that ranges from the great polyphonic works of the Renaissance through to exciting contemporary music, and to build an enthusiastic audience through imaginative programming and top-quality singing.'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Durham Singers
VISITS (to the Website)182
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)299
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed by the miners of the Mainsforth Colliery in 1909 and named the Mainsforth Colliery Brass Band. In the early years the miners contributed 1/2d per week to support the band. Part of their contribution also went towards supporting the cricket team, bowls team and many more activities that were associated with the colliery at that time. The importance of the colliery and its mineworkers in the community can never be underestimated: without their support so many organisations and activities would never have existed. Although the Band has changed names in its one hundred year history, its roots in the Ferryhill community have never changed.'

+ Ferryhill Town Band
VISITS (to the Website)171
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)467
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The origin of Fishburn Band stems from the mining community of the small village of Fishburn near Sedgefield in the North East ... Over the years the band formed links, via sponsorship, with various firms associated with the mining industry, such as “National Smokeless Fuels” and “Coal Products Limited” whilst remaining loyal to the village of Fishburn. However, following loss of sponsorship the band fought back from financial collapse on three separate occasions ... The band is very much aware of its responsibilities as one of the North's premier bands and continually strives to maintain its high profile both on and off stage. Fishburn Band is registered as a charity but members still find the time to become involved in numerous local charity events in the village and surrounding areas.’


+ Fishburn Band
VISITS (to the Website)49
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)100

Successful competing Band based in Houghton-le-Spring and formed in 1983 ‘using players from the Houghton Schools Band who wanted to continue as a group rather than leaving to play for other adult bands in the area ... The band also enjoy performing an array of concerts throughout the year and have also enjoyed many tours to mainland Europe over the years, including the likes of Holland, Austria, Germany and Switzerland’.

+ Houghton Brass
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)380
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Comprises brass, reed and percussion players from Darlington, Durham, North Yorkshire and Teesside. We aim to provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to pursue their musical interests and develop their instrumental skills as well as providing a musical resource for the local community. New players of all standards are always welcome so if you play an instrument come and join us ...'

+ Hurworth Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)173
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)404
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'One of Durham's friendliest bands! ... Our rehearsals are very fun and friendly and players of all levels and ages are welcome!'

+ Lanchester Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)147
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)294

Established in 1877: ‘In 2008 with a sponsorship deal from the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) ... the Band is now proudly called the NASUWT Riverside Band ... In 2005 the Band qualified for the first time in their history for the National Finals at The Royal Albert Hall London. Also in 2005 the band secured funding to create a youth band and this has proven to be a thriving unit and included over 30 children, this band is now known as the NASUWT Concert Band ... The NASUWT Concert Band through iits continued success now competes in regional and national contests and now has an age range of 50+ years ... The new NASUWT Training Band was formed in 2016 as the third NASUWT Band’.


+ NASUWT Riverside and Concert Bands
VISITS (to the Website)76
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)176

'The Band is believed to have been formed by Lady Lambton from workers on the Lambton estate near Chester-le-Street well over 100 years ago. Earliest existing records referred to the registration of the Band as a Workmen's Club in 1893 under its old name The New Herrington Military Band. The word "military" refers to the combination of instruments, being woodwind and brass. This was and still is a unique combination to the North East, an area dominated by Brass Bands ...'


+ North East Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)114
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)318
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Firmly established themselves as one of the country’s leading choirs. In 2014, they were rated as the best adult choir in the country, winning the national category final in the Royal Festival Hall in October and taking the title “Adult Choir of the Year 2014” ...  The choir has continued to draw students from Durham University, but has also included singers from a range of professional backgrounds, including doctors, barristers, and a large proportion of the region’s music teachers!'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Northern Spirit Singers
VISITS (to the Website)100
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)379

‘We have a roster of around 80 high calibre musicians drawn from across the north east of England and invite them to take part in forthcoming concerts. Because most of our members make their living from music, the orchestra varies from one concert to another depending on who is available ... We hire professional conductors, soloists and leaders, many of whom have established international reputations ... Rehearsals take place the week before a concert - usually three rehearsals in one week. Members give their time freely in return for the opportunity to play larger scale repertoire.’


+ Orchestra North East
VISITS (to the Website)51
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)135

Founded in 1910: ‘Based in Stanley, County Durham ... The Reg Vardy Band has become one of the most successful brass bands in history having won the Northern Regional Championships more times than any other brass band in the country and are the only North East band to have competed in every major UK competition as well as the World Championships in Kerkrade, and they consistently feature in the World Brass Band Rankings top 20’.

+ Reg Vardy Band
VISITS (to the Website)170
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)293
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Anybody and everybody, young and old, are welcome to join the band, and free tuition is offered for those wanting to learn how to read music and play a brass instrument. We don't charge subscriptions, and we have an assortment of instruments which we offer on loan to members ... Anyone is welcome to pop in to have a casual blow at any of our rehearsals.’

+ Spennymoor Town Band
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)213
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are an all age concert band who have been playing together since February 2014 and would love it if you could join us. We welcome players of all ages and standards, to encourage inter-generational opportunities within our community. If you are bored playing by yourself and want to share your experience with others be sure to come along. The music we play (with a little practice) suits people of grade 1 to 3 standard and is interesting enough to keep more experienced players happy. Our bandmaster wants to encourage anyone to join us; even if lacking in confidence we always say "as long as you play the first and last note, we're happy!"'


+ Whittonstall Community Band
VISITS (to the Website)145
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)333

‘The Music department runs an extensive and comprehensive programme of extra-curricular music with opportunities for playing, performing, practising and appreciating music available every day ... There are lunchtime recitals, afternoon tea music and daytime and weekend opportunities to perform in stunning locations including The Bowes Museum as soloists, ensembles, bands and orchestra. The Chapel Choir plays an integral part in services at School and has also taken its music to churches and chapels around the region and beyond, often to support their fundraising efforts. In addition, there are two full productions a year in which musicians and singers can perform. The School also attracts internationally renowned performed to encourage a wider appreciation of music. The School hosts Barnard Castle Rotary’s Young Musician of the Year competition, which is open to musicians aged 8-17 from across Teesdale, and is also the meeting place for Barnard Castle Choral Society.’

@ Barnard Castle School
VISITS (to the Website)83
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)192

'Beamish is very grateful to have a number of local bands and choirs perform at the Museum across the year. If you are a member of a group that is interested in performing at the museum, please contact ...'


@ Beamish Museum
VISITS (to the Website)23
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)607
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Cathedral Choir sings eight services per week. It has twenty girl and twenty boy Choristers and twelve men, continuing a centuries-old English tradition — indeed the choir can trace its roots back through many centuries. Concerts, recordings and broadcasts have broadened its reputation far afield, but its raison d'être remains the daily singing of choral services here in the Cathedral' ... The Main Organ 'Concept, design, placing, voicing and environment combine to make it one of the most triumphantly successful organs of the English-speaking world, a legend in its own lifetime'.


Category Cathedrals
@ Durham Cathedral
VISITS (to the Website)198
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)423
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Popular 500 capacity venue in the heart of Consett, screening live theatre shows ranging from comedy and children's plays, to classical ballets and live music.'

@ Empire Theatre & Cinema
VISITS (to the Website)303
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)305
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1940, as the Durham Brass Band League in order to further the camaraderie within the Brass bands of County Durham. Since that time membership has expanded to include bands from Northumberland, Cumbria, Cleveland, North Yorkshire and Lancashire ... The Durham County Brass Band Association organises four contests annually.’


~ Durham County Brass Band Association
VISITS (to the Website)52
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)183

‘Dedicated to bringing you classical music listings, previews, reviews and news for Durham, with a bit of random blogging thrown in. The what’s on pages bring together classical music events from across the City and the University, so whether you’re looking for a great concert to go to, or if you’re planning something and want to avoid clashes, this is the place to look.’


~ Music in Durham
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)209

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