Opera star to perform at Durham Cathedral

World famous opera star, Sir Thomas Allen is installed as Chancellor of Durham University - vice chancellor of Durham University Prof Chris Higgins with Sir Thomas Allan at Durham Cathedral.

World famous opera star, Sir Thomas Allen is installed as Chancellor of Durham University - vice chancellor of Durham University Prof Chris Higgins with Sir Thomas Allan at Durham Cathedral.

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RENOWNED opera singer Sir Thomas Allen will join more than 100 student musicians for a concert in Durham Cathedral.

Seaham Harbour-born Sir Thomas, Durham University chancellor and honorary patron of Durham Cathedral Choir Association, will perform alongside the university’s Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will feature a selection of music from prominent English composers including Sir William Walton and Benjamin Britten.

The finale will see the ensemble perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs.

Sir Thomas’s support of music in Durham has been clear from the moment he took office.

He said: “When I became Chancellor of Durham University, it was important to me to find some way of sharing my pleasure in music with as many students, staff and members of the wider community as possible.

“I am so happy this concert has been arranged, featuring music that is both beautiful and very special to me personally.

“I look forward to it immensely.”

Calum Zuckert, conductor of both the chamber choir and symphony orchestra, said: “It has been a real privilege to work with Sir Thomas, who has been very interested in all musical activity in and around the university.”

The event will take place on Saturday, June 1.

Tckets are now available at www.dur.ac.uk/sirtominconcert, then from May 16, from the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, Owengate, Durham, or by calling 334 3805.