Sound of Simon and Garfunkel is brought to life

4:44pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DEAN Elliott never intended to become Paul Simon. The performer who played Buddy Holly for two years in London and on tour in Buddy – The Musical came up with the idea of developing a show about Simon and Garfunkel.

Art display of days from an earlier era

Durham Times: ARTIST: Olly Burton shows off his exhibition at Durham Town Hall

4:49pm Friday 11th April 2014

ART depicting Durham as it was in days gone by is on display in its town hall.

Morecambe show to bring sunshine

Durham Times: LAUGHTER: Olivier award-winning play, Morcambe

4:47pm Friday 11th April 2014

GALA Theatre bosses are hoping to bring you sunshine this summer.

Oriental museum hosting work by Palestinian artists

Durham Times: DISPLAY: A painting by Hazem Hareb

3:15pm Friday 4th April 2014

PAINTINGS by two Palestinian artists will go on show in Durham today.

A ‘homecoming’ gig for folk singer

Durham Times: Bright Season in action

3:13pm Friday 4th April 2014

A FOLK singer and guitarist is looking forward to a ‘homecoming’ gig in Durham.

Director needed for community choir

3:12pm Friday 4th April 2014

A COMMUNITY choir is on the look-out for a new musical director.

Foul and fare days: grandson of lord tells of bus driving life

Durham Times: AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Thomas Beaumont with a copy of his new book

11:46am Friday 28th March 2014

THE grandson of a lord who became a bus driver after being educated at Eton has written a book about his exploits behind the wheel.

Hair today...

Durham Times: WORKS: Gina-Maria Marchella’s Foam

11:45am Friday 28th March 2014

AN ART exhibition featuring human hair opens in Durham today.

Andy’s hoping for peak performance at show

11:43am Friday 28th March 2014

MOUNTAIN climbing comedian Andy Kirkpatrick will speak in Durham this week.

What are the Great Train Robbers’ links with Durham?

Durham Times: WORDS: Author Mike Gray

10:41am Friday 21st March 2014

IT was arguably the crime of the century. After tampering with railway line signals, a 15-strong gang of robbers held up a Royal Mail train and stole £2.6m – the equivalent of £46m in today’s money.

Turkish delight with accomplished pianist

2:45pm Friday 14th March 2014

Orchestra North East Gala Theatre THE dramatic opening bars of Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto were keenly anticipated and when they were delivered exceeded every expectation.

Class singers share Passion for JS Bach

2:45pm Friday 14th March 2014

TWO top-class singers joined the Durham University Chamber Choir as soloists for a performance that captured all the drama and excitement of Bach’s emotional music.

Quentin’s second novel

Durham Times: BOOK: Author Quentin Smith

2:42pm Friday 14th March 2014

A DURHAM-BASED medic has published his second novel, a thriller based in modern day London but with mysterious links to the dying days of the Nazi regime.

Brought to book: play remains faithful to Faulks

Durham Times: PLAY: The cast of Birdsong

9:16am Friday 7th March 2014

WRITER Rachel Wagstaff has a message for anyone who has read and admired the Sebastian Faulks novel Birdsong and think they’ll be disappointed by a stage adaptation.

A chance to look Behind The Scenes at Gala Theatre

Durham Times: NEW: Comedian Chris Ramsay (right) opens the Behind The Scenes exhibition with Robin Byers and photographer Donna-Lisa Healy

3:02pm Friday 28th February 2014

COMEDIAN Chris Ramsey launched a new photography exhibition which includes a picture of himself during a visit to Durham.

Concert programme that will appeal to everyone

Durham Times: TURKISH DELIGHT: Pianist Gulsin Onay

3:01pm Friday 28th February 2014

THE DRAMATIC chords that open Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto are one of the most recognisable moments in classical music.

Yesterday so far away for Mitch

Durham Times: 10 memorable gigs at King George’s Hall, Blackburn

12:43pm Friday 21st February 2014

I HAVE to break the bad news to Mitch Benn that even at 64, rather than his current life total of 44, he would still be too young to be a Beatle.

Hoping to strike a Chord with Cathedral concert

Durham Times: CATHEDRAL: Festival founder Jonathan Bloxham

12:06pm Friday 14th February 2014

ASIXTH annual chamber music festival will have a First World War theme to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Curtain is set to rise on four days of stage entertainment

Durham Times: ACT: The Babysitters, winner of last year’s best play award, returns - Picture by Yang Yu

11:54am Friday 7th February 2014

DURHAM Drama Festival returns for 2014 next week.

Awinter’s tale for Clare’s musical mix

Durham Times: SEASONAL: Clare Lawrence-Wells

12:21pm Friday 31st January 2014

A TALENTED young conductor from Durham has been invited to lead one of the city’s longest established choirs for their next concert.

Spring programme at Gala has something for everyone

Durham Times: SHOW: Birdsong is at The Gala in March

1:52pm Friday 24th January 2014

AN ACCLAIMED war play and appearances by a string of top comedians are among the highlights of the Gala Theatre’s spring programme.

Asign of the chimes

1:49pm Friday 24th January 2014

DURHAM Cathedral is running music classes for children.

Music to mark date

Durham Times: WAR: Men of 6DLI in a trench at Potijze, Belgium, on May 24, 1915. Image reproduced by permission of the trustees of the former DLI and Durham County Record Office

1:49pm Friday 24th January 2014

A CATHEDRAL choir will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War with a concert of solemn music.

Messiaen’s cycle played in memory of Michael

Durham Times: MUSIC: Michael James (left) and James Lancelot, master of the choristers

3:02pm Friday 17th January 2014

ONE of the greatest organ works of all time will be performed at Durham Cathedral in memory of a musician who died in the prime of his life.

Landt’s memories are basis for a look into history of city

Durham Times: PAST: Harrington’s fish and chip van in Durham

2:13pm Friday 10th January 2014

IN the late 1960s, towards the end of his life, solicitor Landt Mawson reminisced about his childhood in Durham and Shincliffe.

Pickering’s work explodes onto the scene in exhibition

Durham Times: BLAST: Landmine explosion from Sarah Pickering’s collection Aim and Fire

12:15pm Friday 3rd January 2014

A DURHAM-born photographer is staging her first solo show in her home town.

Prison art proves a big hit

12:12pm Friday 3rd January 2014

AN exhibition of prisoners’ art received more than 15,000 visitors in just over a month.

Stairs in their eyes: a waytoshowyou were going up in the world

Durham Times: ORNATE: The Black Stairs in Durham Castle

ANYONE with any affection for the city of Durham, especially for its buildings and university, will love new book The Buildings and Landscapes of Durham University.

Nick aims to be a past master with book about time travel

12:25pm Friday 20th December 2013

A FRIEND’S suggestion to visit Durham for a summer holiday in 2009 set Nick Buxton on his way to writing his debut novel.

Geeks bearing gifts – cafe is something to Marvel at

Durham Times: CREATION: Lindsey Brown and Dan Pye in the Dark Matter Comic Cafe

AFTER a series of tantalising teasers on Facebook (which drove one fan to make a video of him trying to track it down), the region’s first comic cafe opened last week.

Why John Cree should take his place in history

Durham Times: TRACKS: Terry Deary

12:46pm Friday 6th December 2013

PRIDE is the reason that Wearsider Terry Deary decided to return to the world of history, two years after he ended his 35-year career as the highly-successful writer of children’s books like Horrible Histories.

Forbidden fruit: Robby at Palace Green Library

Durham Times: EXHIBIT: Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet

1:55pm Friday 29th November 2013

A NEW exhibition exploring robots opened in Durham last weekend. Robots, robot parts, film props and collectible toy robots are all on display in Durham University’s Palace Green Library, in Durham City.

Who will follow in Holly’s footsteps?

Durham Times: Wee Teng Woon with last year's winner Holly Hendry

2:46pm Friday 22nd November 2013

AN ART prize funded by a North-East collector has opened for entries.

New carol to be performed in Cathedral

2:45pm Friday 22nd November 2013

A NEW carol written by a Durham professor is to be premiered at Durham Cathedral.

Nowt as queer as folk – tales studied scientifically

Durham Times: FAIRYTALE: Little Red Riding Hood

2:45pm Friday 22nd November 2013

NEW insights into the origins of folk tales are being provided by the application of scientific analysis.

Fascinating insight into opera

Durham Times: SCHEMING: Gillian Webster as Agrippina

2:46pm Friday 15th November 2013

EARLY-music lovers in Durham were treated to three nights of baroque opera performed by English Touring Opera at the Gala Theatre, in a selection which gave a fascinating snapshot of the early development of opera.

Choir tuning up for performance of classic Passion

2:44pm Friday 15th November 2013

A DURHAM chamber choir is busy with final preparations for a performance of one of the greatest works in musical history in Durham Cathedral.

Sara’s jewellery has opened up a new chapter in her life

Durham Times: TRANSFORMER: Sarah Whitehead

1:27pm Friday 8th November 2013

IF you're a fan of literature and original jewellery, check out Retro Beads & Bangles.

Exhibition of work by the last surviving artist of the Pitman’s Academy shown at university

Durham Times: DISPLAY: The snowy scene of Mount Pleasant by Norman Cornish

2:04pm Friday 1st November 2013

DRAWINGS hastily penned on scraps of paper, an impromptu canvas ripped from the side of a cardboard box and overflowing sketchpads are among the treasures unearthed for an art exhibition.

Testing times for Texan: writer Ben’s take on the Ashes at Chester-le-Street

12:15pm Friday 25th October 2013

TEXAN Ben Markovits really likes listening to Test Match Special on the radio on a warm afternoon. Now there’s something you might not have expected – an American who likes cricket.

Event will conclude with original poem by Festival Laureate

2:38pm Friday 18th October 2013

DURHAM Book Festival continues this week, with plenty of star names still to take their bow.

Photographic work is showcased

3:01pm Friday 11th October 2013

A unique collection of photographs taken by a world-renowned orchestra conductor will be showcased this month.

Bach to basics at church workshop

2:54pm Friday 4th October 2013

A DURHAM choir is inviting singers to join them behind the scenes as they rehearse one of the greatest choral works written.

Book celebrates heroism of police officers – including Durham’s own Ian Ainsley

2:48pm Monday 30th September 2013

SUNDAY is the tenth National Police Memorial Day – an occasion to remember police officers killed in the line of duty and to recognise their courage in the face of danger.

The Sound of Music has accommodation mountain to climb

Durham Times: DO-RE-MI: Alison Claire Robertson as Maria with Anna Simpson in rehearsal

2:20pm Friday 20th September 2013

THE 34 members of the orchestra for a new production of The Sound Of Music which is being staged at the Gala Theatre Durham next week found themselves spending a night in a marquee.

Everyone welcome to join in hymn singing marathon

12:18pm Friday 13th September 2013

SINGERS from across the globe will descend on Durham for a marathon hymn-singing session from today and local enthusiasts are invited to join in.

Going for a song – new season for choral society

Durham Times: SONGS: Durham Choral Society rehearses in Durham Cathedral, conducted by Michael Summers

1:40pm Friday 6th September 2013

DURHAM Choral Society has started its new season of rehearsals and concerts.

From Helen back: a transgender’s fight

Durham Times: STORY: From Alan to Helen in pictures

2:24pm Friday 30th August 2013

THE LIFE journey of a transgender, charting her transformation from a man to woman, has been told in a new biography, written by a police officer.

Star turn: picture of St John is revealed

Durham Times: Dr Sheila Hingley views the St John portrait

1:24pm Friday 23rd August 2013

VISITORS flocked to see “a masterpiece of Northumbrian pictorial art” after the pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels were turned for the only time during their stay in Durham last week.

Get ready for big laughs this autumn with top comics

12:05pm Friday 16th August 2013

COMEDIANS Sarah Millican, Ardal O’Hanlon and Alistair McGowan mean it will be a laugh-packed autumn at the Gala Theatre.

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