Music & Arts in County Durham
Each week we will bring you details and information from the creative arts across Co Durham

Bishop Auckland Theatre Society **New**

Put That Light Out! It's less than two weeks until we head back to 1942 and our WWII radio comedy with the odd serious bit, "Put That Light Out!" 

Tickets are still available for all performances from 01388 775508 or

The performance runs from 24th - 26th May at Bishop Auckland Town Hall and all start at 7:15pm. Click on the link above for more information!

New Art Group at delves Lane **New**

Tuesday 29th May 1.00 - 3.00pm Cost £3 per week - please reserve your space

The Drop in Band **New**

The Drop in Band is a music session for people with learning disabilities that has been running for over 10 years in Byker Newcastle. Participants can rock out or sing with the band or watch/play instruments from the audience. Instruments and refreshments provided. It's on every Wednesday and Friday between 1.45pm and 3.15pm at byker community centre . (153 headlam st. byker newcastle upon tyne NE6 2DX) £5 on the door in. 

For more details call Brian on 0191 2659341 for more info. 
Thanks Brian Wilkinson Project Coordinator (Pool of Sound) HFT Byker Community Centre Byker Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2DX Telephone: 0191 265 9341

Upcoming Events at Chester le St Theatre Group **New**

Be my Baby 10 - 12 May 2018 Bill Stephenson Hall, Chester-le-Street Community Centre, Newcastle Bank, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3TS 
Tickets priced £8 adults and £6 concessions Box Office 0191 388 3778 

My Fair Lady 10 - 14 July 2018 Bill Stephenson Hall, Chester-le-Street Community Centre, Newcastle Bank, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3TS 
Tickets priced £10 adult and £8 concessions Box Office 0191 388 3778


The Settlement’s Everyman Theatre welcomes once again Tyneside’s Premier Jazz Band on Friday 13th April when the Customs House Big Band returns with their very special sound. As usual, they are to be accompanied on their visit by award winning vocalist Ruth Lambert. 

The programme starts at 7,30pm and tickets priced at £6 can be purchased from The Studio ( Teesdale’s Photography) High Street, Spennymoor, or secure on line at

Many thanks Malcolm Marsden Treasurer, Spennymoor Settlement, A Registered Charity No. 1096233 Tel> 07813189774

New Show - Put That Light Out! **New**

PUT THAT LIGHT OUT! By Malcolm Stamp 

Bishop Auckland Theatre Society present ‘Put That Light Out!’ Set in a 1942 BBC Radio Station, Tommy Stanley and the cast of the nation’s favourite radio drama bring you the music and moral boosting comedy that war torn Britain needs; with love, hate, farce and the odd serious bit… 

The production has been written by Malcolm Stamp, writer and director of BATS’ 2017 hit play ‘After Eleanor Died’ and will run at Bishop Auckland Town Hall from 24th - 26th May with performances starting at 7:15pm. 

Tickets are £7.50 and are available from 01388 775508 or 

Local businesses and organisation can get involved too with our partner programme - visit our website to find out more. As Lord Kitchener would say… “Your Theatre Society Needs You!” 

DISCOUNTED TICKETS JUST FOR YOU To say thank you for signing up to our mailing list we'd like to offer you a discount of over 25% on all tickets purchased before 31st March.

Since it's 1942, we thought we'd give you a shilling* off the regular price. Use code 'oneshillingplease' to get your discount before 31st March.

Book Your Tickets Today !

[JDA] Music Gigs and Youth Residential Opportunity **New**

Updates from JDA with Concerts, Fundraising Events and Residential Opportunity

Get Cracking with Crafts at Greenfield Arts **New**

Greenfield Arts are offering a fun packed programme of FREE activities for young people over the Easter holidays. Popular favourites such as 'Crazy Crafts' and 'Arts Foraging' are just some of the activities on offer this spring. The courses are family focused and suitable for all ages, although children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. Talented tutor Dawn Belshaw will be on hand at our Shildon venue to help you work your magic in our 'Crazy Crafts' session, making good use of unwanted everyday materials to make something very special to take home with you. Our popular 'Arts Foraging' offers the chance for families to get to know their local area together, exploring memories and collecting items, which will be used to create an unforgettable installation. Budding artists will be able to work with illustrator Sharron Bates to create a piece of artwork, which will take centre stage in our upcoming exhibition open to the public, in our special 'Gallery Encounters' session.

You can now book via the website using our simple online form at www.greenfield-arts or contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 for further information, we look forward to seeing you soon!

The Woodpile Winter Newsletter **New**

Please see attached for a copy of our most recent newsletter, it's been quite delayed due to a very busy time for us, we will try and be more regular in future, please do forward this

Discovery Museum - April listings (includes Easter Holidays) **New**

Please find April’s listings attached – including our Easter Holiday programme 

Best wishes, Kate Kate Fyall Communications Officer Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Discovery Museum & Archives Please note my normal working hours are: 8am-4pm, Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday Discovery Museum Tel: (0191) 277 2169 Blandford Square Email: Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4JA @TWAMMuseums

Performance of Bach Mass in B Minor **Current**

19th May Durham Catherdral

JS Bach’s Mass in B Minor, completed in 1749, was one of his last compositions and is a firm favourite with choral societies in the UK and beyond. The Mass was never performed in its entirety during Bach’s lifetime and the first documented complete performance was not until 1859 in Leipzig. Since the 19th century it has been hailed as one of the greatest compositions in musical history. Durham Choral Society, Soloists and Orchestra perform. 

Tickets Adults: £18 and £10 Concessions: £16 and £8 Under 18s and full-time students: £9 and £5 

Available from Online: and In person and by telephone: Gala Durham Box Office, Durham, DH1 1WA Tel 03000 266600 

By email from And on the door Val Wooff Marketing Durham Choral Society

The Greenfield Gallery Opens Doors to Artists **Current**

Greenfield Arts are busy preparing for their popular 'Open Art Exhibition' which will run from Thursday 8th March to Wednesday 18th April 2018. The event gives the opportunity for emerging artists to display up to 3 pieces of work in a wonderful gallery space, an experience which often encourages artists to work towards their own exclusive exhibition. 

The event is a truly 'open experience' and is open to applications from all art forms, the exhibition always provides a superb range of work in different media and a range of subjects. This year we are looking at 'The Power of the Pen' and how art can inspire creativity and passion in us all, this can encompass all art forms as they often derive from a written or drawn idea. The deadline for entries is Friday 2nd February 2018 and cost is only £10 per entry fee. There will also be a public preview of work on Wednesday 7th January and a celebration evening with craft fair on the closing evening on Wednesday 18th April from 6 pm - 8 pm, offering the chance to enjoy the final evening of the exhibition and have the opportunity to buy some very special crafts. Greenfield Arts are also delighted to announce their next exhibition 'Travels Through Art' by Sonya Burn, a local self-taught artist who has explored different cultures through her passion for art. 

The exhibition will run from Thursday 8th February - Wednesday 28th February 2018 and features a range of mediums including paper, ink and metal and some excellent acrylic work. Sonya will also be hosting a public preview of her work on Wednesday 7th February 6pm - 8pm, the event is open to all and will include works for sale . If you would like to know a bit more about the full programme of events and activities you can find further details on our website or contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or alternatively email

Greenfield Really Has Got Talent **Current**

Students from Greenfield Community College once again provided first class entertainment for staff and students as they competed for the top places in the now infamous 'Greenfield's Got Talent' competition. The hall was full to capacity as the audience enjoyed each and every performance with lots of laughs and applause for the variety of acts which included musicians, comedians, dancers and even an up-and-coming magician! 

The judges were left with the difficult decision of deciding between the cream of Greenfield's performers but finally narrowed it down to the final 3 who had managed to 'nail it' on the day. Third place went to Taylor Bowen who gave an excellent singing performance whilst 2nd place was a joint award as judges couldn't separate the two acts, it was picked up by a budding two piece band formed by Charlie Brown and John Jameson and talented Keiran Mullet who was impressive on bass guitar. Top act of the day however went to Paige Trimmer who gave a fabulous rendition of James Bay's Let it Go.

Staff at Greenfield were very proud of their confident students who bravely took to the stage. Two of the contestants even took it upon themselves to raise money for cancer research, raising over £100, in addition to their brilliant performance. The opportunities offered throughout the year both within school time and the many after school activities undoubtedly played a special part in supporting the talent on show. It was also lovely to see such an appreciative audience with students and staff showing their appreciation in good spirit. Well done to all of the contestants who provided superb entertainment. 

Music in schools **Current**

We aim to inspire young people in our communities to enjoy music throughout their lives. We provide a wide range of high quality musical educational opportunities aiming for the highest standards.

What is Music Durham? **Current**

Music Durham steers all musical activity at Durham University. This includes ensembles, concerts, masterclasses and socials. Who can join Music Durham? Anyone! There are different options for students and non-students. 

Why should you join Music Durham? Becoming a member of Music Durham gives you the chance to play in all of our ensembles, as well as exciting solo and chamber performance opportunities. You get access to the fantastic weekly emails about musical opportunities and a great social community.