From Paris to Barney – lecture at The Bridge

Arts lecture at The Bridge, Yarm Road, Darlignton, with Sandra Pollard. The Bowes Museum, housed in a ‘French Chateau’ on the edge of the Pennines. Ithas a very important display of art, ceramics, furniture and textiles, most of which were collected by John Bowes, an ancestor of the late Queen Mother, and his French actress more »

DMS concert on Saturday 9 March

The next Darlington Music Society concert is on Saturday 9th March at the Dolphin Centre 7.30pm. This will be given by the Kammerphilharmonie Europa – an orchestra from Europe. They will be playing from Vivaldi, Bach, Albinoni, Suk and Neilsen, much of which will be familiar to the audience. About the performers: The Kammerphilharmonie Europa more »

Alter Ego at Opus 4 Jazz Club

Opus 4 Jazz Club on Friday 8th March presents Alter Ego, a long-established and accomplished modern jazz sextet from Newcastle. This will be the group’s first appearance at Opus 4 where the material will revolve, in part, around the Jazz Messengers, an influential jazz combo that existed for more than 35 years beginning in the more »

BookFest at Crown Street: 4-9 March

The festival, organised by Darlington Libraries, is a week-long extravaganza of storytelling, arts and crafts, music, LEGO® Block parties, author visits and more for the whole family to enjoy in celebration of World Book Day. Three colourful book benches will be displayed in the library – pictured above with Suzy Hill, library events manager, Laura Pattison, more »

Council wants your views on Crown Street

In 2018, Darlington Borough Council decided to keep the central library service at Crown Street and it plans to invest £2m in improvements and repairs. The council is now seeking views from people about the future of the library service by asking two broad questions: “What would you like to see provided as part of more »

Performing Arts – competition

Darlington Festival for Performing Arts (DFPA) is a competition comprising three disciplines on three days: Music on Saturday 2nd March; Speech and Drama on Saturday 9th March; and Dance on Saturday, 5th October; all at Longfield Academy. The organisation provides the opportunity for children and adults to perform competitively in front of professional adjudicators, showcasing more »

Darlington Choral Society concert

Darlington Choral Society’s Easter Concert takes place on Saturday 13th April 7.30pm in St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington DL1 5QG. DCS is opening its programme with Malcolm Williamson’s ‘Procession of Palms’. Williamson was a controversial Master of the Queen’s Music, and the Procession is influenced by his background as a night-club pianist. This is followed by more »

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club: 16th Feb

It’s a bumper year for Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club as it welcomes a record number of bands to play lunchtime gigs at the town’s St Augustine’s Parish Centre on Larchfield Street. There’s a total of 18 gigs booked throughout the year, up from the usual 12, which says so much about the popularity of more »

‘Miss Julie’ at The Majestic – discount offer

“Don’t you know it’s dangerous to play with fire?” Elysium Theatre Company are offering a special 20% discount for their explosive production of “Miss Julie” coming to the Majestic Theatre, Darlington, on the 3rd and 4th of April 7.30pm start. If you quote “Darlo DMA12” when you buy a ticket at the theatre you will more »

Gareth Davies-Jones at Neasham Reading Room

Highly regarded as a gifted and perceptive songwriter (BBC’s Bob Harris, Iain Anderson are fans), Gareth’s music is laced with a vivid and powerful sense of the aesthetic. A natural storyteller, reviewers have placed his performances alongside the best in the Troubadour tradition. Combining elements of Guthrie, Dylan, Taylor and Browne, attention to musical detail more »