I am thrilled to be able to bring you the details of the inaugural Durham Vocal Festival. This week of vocal music will celebrate the finest vocal music locally, nationally and internationally. The choral heritage of Durham is part of the fabric of the area and this week serves to offer a flavour of that from the UK premier of Defiant requiem: Verdi at Terezin, to the internationally known Kings Singers, Will Todd and National Youth Choir Fellowship Programme culminating in the North East Festival of Youth Choirs celebrating the diverse talent of young choral music in the area.
Alongside the prestigious performances there will also be workshops for primary choirs, conductors and members of the community to work alongside some of the choral world’s biggest names.
A huge thank you to all those partners that have made this festival possible: Durham Cathedral, Ushaw College, Durham County Council, Durham Music Service, Durham Area Action Partnership, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Music Durham, The Forge and Arts Council England.
I look forward to welcoming you at the events during the festival.
Manager of Music Education
Durham Music Service
and Durham Music Trust