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 

i.o_white_FINAL_.jpgOur Board of Trustees has recently undergone a change in personnel. Lord Derek Foster, Kingsley Smith and Rob Yorke have all had to resign their positions on our Board owing to pressure of work in their constantly busy lives.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Board members:

  • Jonathan Peacock lives in Hamsterley and is a business consultant. 
  • Dr James Harrison has just retired from his position as a general practitioner in Durham. As well as his role as a research fellow in Christian Theology at Durham University, he is also an inveterate opera-lover.

We are of course delighted to retain the services of well-know baritone Sir Thomas Allen and Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera Europa - (the professional association of opera houses and festivals in Europe) who are members of our original Board.

We are thrilled and excited by this outstanding new line-up of Trustees and know that all our InterOpera supporters will join us in extending a very warm welcome to our new Board Members.

We are also delighted to welcome Steve Robson to our team. Steve is our brass band adviser and transcribes all our music for band with his amazing flair for changing orchestral texture into exciting and challenging arrangements for brass.