Durham University Chamber Choir feature on Songs of Praise

Durham University Chamber Choir, photographed by Martin Denhol
Durham University Chamber Choir, photographed by Martin Denhol
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NORTH East voices will fill the airwaves tomorrow.

Durham University Chamber Choir, conducted by Calum Zuckert, will appear on BBC One’s flagship religious show Songs of Praise.

The programme, filmed on Lindisfarne, is part of the region’s celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospel’s exhibition, which is taking place in Durham University’s Palace Green Library.

The gospels will be the focus of the Songs of Praise broadcast.

Presenter Bill Turnbull takes the ancient pilgrims’ path to the holy island of Lindisfarne where one of the world’s most beautiful books was created more than 1,200 years ago.

The programme will feature an interview with Durham University manuscript expert, Professor Richard Gameson.

He talks about the creation of the gospels, how long it took to complete the work, the conditions in which Eadfrith, the monk who created the Lindisfarne Gospels, would have been working, and how it didn’t matter to the monks how long it took to complete the work.

The university choir sings a piece of plainsong, O Trinity Of Blèssed Light, and a piece composed by Dr Iain Quinn, an alumnus of Durham University, who was Director of Music at the Chapel of the College of St Hild and St Bede.

The anthem, written for the College in 2010, uses words from a prayer by Bede, Christus est stella matutina.

Durham University Chamber Choir, which recently performed in a concert in Durham Cathedral with Seaham Habrour-born world opera star Sir Thomas Allen, is the premiere singing group in the city.

It welcoms members from all degree programmes and years of study, and comprises the top 23 singers in the university.

l The Songs of Praise broadcast is at 3.55pm tomorrow on BBC1.