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Gospels farewell concert is visual and musical triumph
A HUSH descended amongst a crowd of people perched on the pews inside Durham City’s iconic cathedral last night (Saturday, September 28).
All of a sudden the bells rang out and an unforgettable night of music to mark the end of the Lindisfarne Gospels three-month stay in the region began .
As the audience waited with bated breath, the West End of the cathedral was gradually lit up by a mystical blue light and Durham Cathedral Choir started to sing, before marching up the aisle to join the other musicians taking part in a performance of the St Cuthbert Oratorio.
Like the eighth century Lindisfarne Gospels, the musical masterpiece, by the County Durham composer Will Todd, tells the story of St Cuthbert – from his call to god; to his body’s journey to its final resting place.
Last night (Saturday), stood metres away from St Cuthbert’s tomb, the singers and musicians retold the story with passion.
The concert was co-ordinated by InterOpera, a charity that stages operatic events across County Durham, and also featured Orchestra North East; the Lindisfarne Gospels Community Choir; the North East Youth Chorale; children from St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Crook; the celebrated opera singers, Penelope Randall-Davis, James Edward and Roderick Earle; and many other talented individuals.
Conducted by the world renowned Alistair Dawes, the night was a triumph in sound and vision, with Vortex Lighting illuminating the historic building in blue, red, green and gold, while Ingramsounds ensured everyone in the cathedral experienced the concert in all its glory.
Another highlight was a banner procession that showcased the result of a community arts project and featured children from County Durham primary schools.
Event organiser Jill Cole said it was wonderful to give the gospels such a memorable send off, adding: “It was a fantastic night and brilliant to see Durham Cathedral packed out.”
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