Colin Dye 2nd baritone horn, Reg Vardy Band

I've been a member of the Reg Vardy Band for over 40 years ... but last night in Durham Cathedral was one of the best and most moving concerts I've ever been part of. The musical style was quite difficult for the band to play. It was a departure from what we normally play. We're all amateurs and many of us are not even particularly well educated in music (including me), but to get to play some of the world's great music, directed by a top class conductor, alongside fantastic soloists was a privilege I wouldn't have missed!

Such an event obviously takes a tremendous amount of organisation, especially to achieve such a highly professional standard, and Lesley Ann must be congratulated for creating a superb evening.

Darkness to Light, Durham Cathedral, April 2015 

Introducing InterOpera

Patron: Dame Josephine Barstow​

Alistair_Dawes_conducts_the_St_Cuthb4.JPGFor over ten years InterOpera has enabled its Durham Dales audiences to experience the finest music in the world and through music to reach a higher awareness of the world, its issues and its opportunities. Under the experienced baton of Alistair Dawes, world-class artists drawn from the UK’s major opera houses, have brought live opera to a mix of rural and cosmopolitan audiences including people who have never experienced live opera before, as well as opera-lovers unable to access high-quality opera because they live in remote rural places or find accessing opera difficult in other ways.​

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Projects and outreach work are used in many diverse ways:

  • attracting new audiences
  • promoting important themes and charities
  • raising awareness of current and important issues in targeted communities 

Blending international and emerging artists with local performers and creators, our aims are:

  • inclusiveness
  • integration
  • innovation
  • accessibility
  • participation

Alistair_Dawes_Felling_Band_Heather_.JPGWe use a wide range of venues and offer educational projects to dovetail with our productions. These projects build understanding alongside a sense of ownership and develop abilities and talents at all levels and ages.
Using contacts forged during Maestro Dawes' career at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at International Houses, expertise and imagination link hands with local enthusiasm and drive to produce our varied and polished performances.
Each event is individually and imaginatively designed to extend the experience of live operatic performance to new audiences and participants. 
If you would like to discuss a project, please contact us.