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 

Opera_Magic.pngThis superb event took place on 6th July, 2013.

"The best value Opera night out in the north east" 

A gloriously indulgent night out in sumptuous surroundings. 

Alistair Dawes conducted a superb-fund raising event with Penny Randall-Davies, Heather Jil Burn, Austin Gunn and Roderick Earle, accompanied by The Felling Band (north of England champions 2012) and local choirs.

Listen to some excerpts from the programme:

Festival Fanfare Will Todd

Nessun dorma – Turandot Puccini 

Lunge Da Lei - La Traviata Verdi

Finale Act III - La Traviata Verdi

Duet Act II - La Traviata Verdi