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Commemorating St. Cuthbert’s Church

Date Posted: 20/09/2017 | Posted In: Latest news

QE’s Classical Choir, comprised of both staff and students, helped launch St. Cuthbert’s Church’s Heritage Open Weekend in Darlington with a short lunchtime concert on Friday 8th September. Following their standing ovation in Italy earlier this year, the choir performed a number of different pieces including The Lord is my Shepherd by Howard Goodall, famously used as the theme song to comedy series The Vicar of Dibley. There was also music by Palestrina, Thomas Attwood, John Rutter and an arrangement of the Beatles’ song, Across the Universe, with the choir once again being showered with cheers and rounds of applause.

Simon Fleming, Head of Music at QE, and who directed the choir, explains: ‘This was the first time that QE have performed music at St. Cuthbert’s Church. It was a fantastic opportunity and a wonderful experience to perform in a place so intrinsically linked with the history of Darlington’.

Student, Naomi Hastings, who performs with the Classical Choir and who plays the flute, piano and sings, adds: ‘The concert was a great experience. I have never been inside St. Cuthbert’s Church before so it was amazing to visit it and perform with the choir. Music at QE provides you with an abundance of opportunities to visit places you would not normally be able to’.

The next concert to feature QE’s students will also take place at St. Cuthbert’s Church on Monday 13th November at 7pm, and will be performed by the Baroque Ensemble. For more information on the College’s music ensembles and other enrichment opportunities, please contact Lisa Bates, Assistant Principal.