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Sir Thomas Allen performing in the Cathedral with student orchestra

Durham University Orchestral Society (DUOS) will be performing with opera singer Sir Thomas Allen at the iconic venue, Sage Gateshead on Sunday 27 June, in an event which is selling out fast.

Sir Thomas Allen is a world renowned operatic baritone. Originally from County Durham, he was made Chancellor of the University in 2011.

The concert will celebrate music at Durham University and will feature great orchestral classics such as Stravinsky’s Firebird 1919 Suite, Wagner’s Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde and Beethoven’s 8th Symphony.

The event will include a world premiere of a student composition commissioned by DUOS for the Chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen, who will perform as a narrator alongside the orchestra.

After what has undoubtedly been a very difficult year for musicians, the long awaited concert will be a celebration of all there is to look forward to as normality begins to resume.

Durham University Students will also be performing free music on the Concourse before the main performance takes place in the Sage’s concert hall.

High profile guests

Whilst this will be the first concert DUOS have performed since March 2020, the Orchestral Society have continued to welcome high profile professionals to deliver online masterclasses and host workshops. These have included Jac Van Steen, Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Peter Stark, Professor of conducting at the Royal College of Music, rehearsal conductor of the European Union Youth Orchestra, to name but a few.

Durham alumni Maddie Ridout, who is now Orchestra Manager of the English National Opera, and Lucy Newton, Fundraising Manager at Arts Emergency Charity, have also returned to talk about their successful careers in the music industries with current DUOS members, and have provided invaluable support and guidance.


Limited tickets are available. All necessary Covid restrictions will apply

Find out more

Read DUOS President Emma’s blog post.