Welcome to the 3rd Annual Durham Vocal Festival, this year promises to be even bigger and more exciting than ever, from world famous artists, thousands of performers and Two World Premieres.
We celebrate the vibrant vocal music both locally and nationally, celebrating the heritage, education, spirituality and variety of repertoire of vocal music.
The festival opens with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performing Handel’s Messiah with our very own Durham Choral Society, performances from the world famous VOCES8, celebration of Community Choirs, inaugural Office Choir of the Year (from Music @work), the hugely popular Acapella Evening with Northern Lights, and concludes with North East Festival of Youth Choirs.
This year we are featuring 2 world premieres during the festival.
Dunelm Lux Aeterna (Durham) Light Eternal Commissioned especially by the festival and written by 5 local schools with composer and Musical Director Paul Smith, this fantastic new work will be performed by over 150 pupils and VOCES8 at Durham Cathedral on Thursday 7th February.
Life of St. Cuthbert, a brand new work by the composer Solfa Carlise commissioned by Cantata Dramatica which will be part of a musical pilgrimage starting on Lindisfarne on the 3rd February, through schools in Northumberland and Durham and culminating in the premiere in Durham Cathedral on Friday 8th February featuring Durham University Chamber Choir and guests conducted by James Burton.