Durham University Chamber Choir to appear on BBC's Songs of Praise

University chamber choir joins television celebration show on Holy Island

Sir Thomas Allen in concert with the the Durham University Chamber Choir
Sir Thomas Allen in concert with the the Durham University Chamber Choir

Durham University Chamber Choir hopes to be in fine voice when it appears on the popular BBC programme Songs of Praise tomorrow.

The programme, filmed on Holy Island in Northumberland, is part of the region’s celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospel’s exhibition, which is taking place in Durham University’s Palace Green Library.

The Gospels will be the focus of the show, which will also feature an interview with manuscript expert, Professor Richard Gameson, who will talk about the creation of the Gospels and his emotional connection to it. The choir, conducted by Calum Zuckert, is singing a piece of plainsong as well as a work by Dr Iain Quinn, an alumnus of Durham University who was director of music at the chapel of the College of St Hild and St Bede.

The anthem, written for the college in 2010, uses words from a prayer by Bede, Christus est stella matutina.

Durham University Chamber Choir, which recently performed in a concert in Durham Cathedral with Sir Thomas Allen, is one of the premiere vocal ensembles in the North East.

Welcoming members from all degree programmes and years of study, the choir comprises the top 23 singers in the university.

The broadcast is at 3.55pm on BBC1.

The Lindisfarne Gospels are on show in Durham University’s Palace Green Library until September 30.

More than 30,000 visitors have already been to see them during their first month on display.

A further 50,000 people are expected to book a visit.

The exhibition tells the tale of St Cuthbert and this amazing book, its creation, its incredible journey and its special symbolism for the people in our region.

Further information on events at Durham University can be found at www.dur.ac.uk/whatson

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