Say farewell to conductor

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DURHAM Choral Society will be performing its last concert of the season in Durham Cathedral on May 21 at 7.30pm.

Entitled From Venice to Salzburg it includes two works by Albinoni, Magnificat and Adagio for Strings and Organ: Little Organ Mass by Joseph Haydn and Requiem Mass by Michael Haydn.

Next season, starting in September, will see more events from the society as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee while also saying farewell to conductor, Richard Brice, who has decided to retire after being principal conductor for many of the 50 years. It means the society is on the hunt for a new musical director.

The first event of the society’s new year will be a dinner on November 18 at Ramside Hotel, Durham.

The concert program will start with the society’s traditional Festive Brass & Voices Christmas Concert in Elvet Methodist Church on December 23, followed by Verdi’s Requiem on January 28, in Durham Cathedral.

The large work requires a large choir, so the society is looking for new members, particularly tenors and basses.

Practices will start on September 7 at 7.30pm in Durham Johnston School.

Richard’s final concert will be in May 2012 in Durham Cathedral with a program chosen by Richard to recall his favourite music from past concerts.

l Tickets for May 21st’s concert are available from www.WeGotTickets.com, Durham Information Bureau and choir members.

l Anyone interested in becoming musical director can contact the secretary on davidcrookes@talktalk.net

l Past members who would like to attend the dinner at Ramside, should ring Jane Ball on 383 0018 for details.

l More information about the society is available from www.durhamchoralsociety.org.uk