The town is alive with the sound of music

African choir to perform
The Pearl of Africa Choir returns to St Augustines Church (30, Coniscliffe, Darlington, DL3 7RG) on Saturday 7 October at 7pm with their hugely popular performance of African song and dance in tribal costume.
Everyone is welcome and, while there is no admission charge, there will be a collection. Proceeds of the collection are used to fund their school and orphanage in Kampala. The Choir will also be selling crafts/fashion accessories, which they make.

Darlington Music Society will stage six concerts of classical music during the 2017 / 2018 season as they have in previous years.
The first concert of this season will be on Saturday 7th October at 7.30 the Dolphin Centre. This will be given by The Pomegranate Piano Trio, playing pieces by Beethoven, Haydn & Smetana.
Tickets are £14.00 per concert or £52.50 for a season ticket. Tickets can be obtained from the Dolphin Centre or season tickets from Mr. R. Tooze, 66 Headlands, Darlington. DL3 8RZ. Tel: 01325 467163
The other concerts during the year are:
Jenkinson Frith Duo (Piano & Cello) on Saturday 4th November, playing Brahms, Schumann, Liszt & Kodaly.
Luba Tunnicliffe (Viola) & Edward Liddall (Piano) on Sat 20th Jan, playing Brahms, Schubert, Bach & Konzertstuck.
Prince Bishop Brass – an ensemble of brass instruments on Sat 17th February, playing a wide programme by Mozart, Bach & Gershwin & many others.
Matthew Scott (Clarinet) & Cristine Zerafa (Piano) on Saturday 17th March, playing Debussy, Brahms & others.
Marmen Quartet on Saturday 21st April, playing Mozart, Beethoven & Janacek.

Darlington Orchestra
The first rehearsal for the 2017/18 season was on Tuesday 12th September. The orchestra does not have a set repertoire so everyone will be sight-reading initially. If you’ve been considering starting or re-starting orchestral playing, now is a great time to join.
There are no auditions although a playing standard of at least Grade-IV for most instruments is recommended; higher grades for some sections. It’s not necessary to have taken grades but that level of playing and ability to read music are required.
Darlington Orchestra is a community group with players from all walks of life and the overall age range currently stretches from 14 years to 80-plus.
• Rehearsals are on Tuesday from 7.15pm until 9pm during Darlington school term-times at St Thomas Aquinas church hall, Darlington DL1 2PU
• Costs £45 per year – discounts for full-time students and concessions
• If you’re interested in joining, please email

Darlington Piano Society announces new season
Darlington Piano Society’s concerts in recent seasons have been extremely successful, with their blend of new faces, returning artists and established favourites highlighting the incredible range of outstanding pianists both here in the UK and overseas. The Society has been able to extend this season to seven recitals but keep membership subscription at the same level as last year.
Chairman Greg Johnson said: “There can be no better value for money package anywhere for those seeking classical music at the highest level of performance or a more appropriate time to spread the word amongst friends and colleagues and encourage them to join the Society as members or occasional concert-goers.”
The season opens on 8th October with a recital by Martin Roscoe, pictured, one of the UK’s best loved pianists with a career spanning four decades, but playing for the first time for Darlington Piano Society. Subsequent recitals in 2017 include performances by Charles Owen on 22nd October (co-founder of the London Piano Festival and Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School), Anna Tsybuleva on 12th November (Leeds International Piano Competition 2015) and Grace Yeo (making her second appearance for the Society on 10th December). The New Year begins with a recital by Dinara Klinton on 28th January (third prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in USA in 2016), followed by Martin James Bartlett on 25th February (BBC Young Musician of the Year, 2014). Martin’s recital brings a milestone in the Society’s history, being the 100th performer in its 22nd season. The season ends with a return visit to Darlington by Clare Hammond (25th March) and it is Clare (who plays the young Miss Shepherd in the film “The Lady in the Van”) who brings an as yet untitled new work, a piece by the young English composer, Ed Finnis.

Martin Roscoe concert details
Darlington Piano Society opens its 22nd season with a recital by Martin Roscoe, one of the UK’s best loved pianists. His extraordinary career spans over four decades; his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike. His CV includes a repertoire of over 100 concertos performed or recorded, long-standing chamber music partnerships, frequent broadcasts and solo recitals and recordings.
Teaching has always been an important part of Martin’s life and the development of young talent helps him to constantly re-examine and re-evaluate his own playing. He is currently a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London and has just been awarded his Fellowship there.
Martin lives in the Lake District which provides inspiration and relaxation and also enables him to indulge his passions for the countryside and hill-walking.
Beethoven Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op 10, No 1
Schubert Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, No. 21, D. 960
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op.23
Chopin Nocturne in Db major Op.27, No.2
Chopin 3 Waltzes, Op.64
Chopin Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53

Full details of the Society’s season can be found at the revamped website – and in its brochure, widely available throughout the area, as well as timely reminders via the websites of “What’s on in Darlington” and Darlington for Culture.
The recitals take place in Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington on the Sunday afternoons listed above, all beginning at 3.00pm.
Season tickets can be purchased through the booking form in the brochure or through the website. Individual recital tickets are available from Reception at the Dolphin Centre well in advance of each recital and are always available on the door on the day of the recitals

Big band, big sound – great jazz with a swish
Darlington Jazz lovers will be dancing in and out of their seats when the ever-popular New Century Ragtime Orchestra swings back to town on Saturday 7 October.
The New Century Ragtime Orchestra will be bringing their inimitable sound and that big band swish to Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club’s lunchtime gig at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington. There’ll be ragtime, hot dance tunes, entertaining vocals, banter, swinging group performances and some virtuoso solos from this sought-after Tyneside-based band that’s grown in status over the years and expanded its repertoire to include many wonderful standards from the 1920s and 30s. It’ll be a packed house as well as a big band, so make sure you arrive early to secure a seat.
Entry to the gig is just £10 on the door, and children 15 and under go free. Darlington for Culture members are eligible for discounted entry on production of their membership card. There’s a licensed bar; tea and coffee is available; and everyone is very welcome to bring their own food along for a picnic whilst the band is entertaining.
There’s the added benefit of plenty of free onsite car parking. It’s also just a short walk from the bus stops on Tubwell Row and Darlington railway station. For more information go to or contact Ray Sams 07860 368022 Graham Foster
Coming up next:
You’d better get ready to boogie – the Red Stripe Band is coming back to the Club on Saturday 4 November. Red Stripe and his band have been stomping their boogie-woogie rhythms now for over 20 years and have played all over the world from Monte Carlo to Tokyo and New York to Milan. The band has a great time wherever it goes – infectious energy filling the venue with on and off stage antics, plus world class live music of course.
Saturday 2 December sees the Club hosting the Maine Street Jazzmen. They’ll be playing entertaining Dixieland jazz, drawing their influences not only from the classic American jazz groups of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s, but also the British bands of the 1950’s & 60’s .
All sessions are at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington and start at 12.30, doors open from noon.

Disco nights at Voodoo

There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington. Double Entendre features DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late.

It’s all happening at The Forum
The Forum in Borough Road has got a terrific programme. For the full list of gigs and events, please visit

September Events @ The Forum

Friday 22nd – Gasto Promotions Presents:
The Smokin’ Spitfires
Tickets £10 / Doors 7-30pm

September 29th – Bri Alderson’s Punk & Oi! Charity Bash Part 4
Charity Punk Fest for Macmillan Cancer Research
Tickets £15/Doors 12.p.m til late

Friday 29th – Complete Madness
Tickets £12 / Doors 8pm
16+ ( Under18’s must be accompanied by an adult )

Saturday 30th – Northern Soul Oldies Night
Entrance £3.50 /Doors 7pm to 11.30pm


Wednesday 4th – Open Mic Night
Free Entrance / Doors 7pm

Friday 6th – Vertigo U2
Playing the Joshua Tree in it’s entirety
Tickets £8 / Doors 8pm

Friday 13th – Darlington R’n’B Club Present:
Big Boy Bloater & The Limits
Tickets £12 / Doors 7-30pm

Thursday 18th – The John P Taylor Band
North Yorkshire based, award-winning singer/songwriter John P Taylor
Tickets £8 / Doors 8pm

Friday 20th – Gasto Promotions Presents:
The Credence Collection + Support Kevin Fox
Tickets £10 / Doors 7-30pm

Saturday 20th – The Stones
Tickets £12 / Doors 8pm

Friday 27th – The Clashed
Tickets £8adv/£9otd / Doors 8pm

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Autumn programme
Thurs Sept 21st Anthony John Clarke
Thurs Sept 28th Open Mic
Thurs Oct 5th Double bill – The Raffleites and tbc
Thurs Oct 12th SMP
Thurs Oct 19th Boo Hewerdine
Thurs Oct 26th SMP
Thurs Nov 2nd Double bill – Bella Gaffney and tbc
Thurs Nov 9th SMP – Songs of War, Conflict and Remembrance.
Thurs Nov 16th Kieran Halpin
Thurs Nov 23rd Open Mic
Thurs Nov 30th Benny Graham & Chuck Fleming
Thurs Dec 7th SMP
Thurs Dec 14th Flossie Malavialle & Paul Donnelly
Thurs Dec 21st Club Christmas Meal
Thurs Dec 28th Club Closed