SUNDERLAND Minster took centre stage for a big band concert.
Autumn Jazz saw Sunderland University choir and Sunderland Big Band join together for an evening of singing and jazz music.
Professor Graeme Danby, who has performed at some of the world’s most famous opera houses, including Covent Garden, Royal Opera House and La Scala Milano, heads up the choir. Graeme, who formed the choir two years ago, said: “Acoustically the Minster is one of the best venues in the country. We have a great relationship with them.
“Sunderland University itself is a multicultural and eclectic place, so we are trying to appeal to everyone. That’s why the choir have been such a success.”
Musical treats on the night included tracks from the hit West End production Wicked, and some gospel songs.
Graeme, 50, who is also senior principal at the Royal Opera House and Scala Milano, said the choir is going from strength to strength and now has between 40 and 70 members.
And they are now preparing for their first concert at The Sage Gateshead.
Graeme added: “We want to push the choir as far as they could go, because that is how they improve.
“The better they get, the better the aspiration.”