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Learn from the best in brass at this year's summer school
Published April 25, 2017 11.47am
BRASS is back and for the very first time a brand new summer school, led by star trombonist Jiggs Whigham and members of the BBC Big Band, will be held alongside the festival.
Educating Rita rehearsals gathering steam ahead of opening night
Published March 31, 2017 1.50pm
Rehearsals are now well under way for Gala Theatre's in-house production of Educating Rita as a new set of visuals reveal.
Leading lights of the rowing world honoured with national award
Published December 23, 2016 3.37pm
Coaches from Chester-le-Street Amateur Rowing Club have scooped a national award, in recognition of their exemplary skills.
Relaxed Performance is a first for the Gala Theatre
Published December 21, 2016 10.31am
The Gala Theatre is to host its first ever special pantomime performance designed for audience members with extra sensory needs.
New head of adult and health services appointed
Published November 11, 2016 3.51pm
A former occupational therapist has been appointed as Durham County Council's new corporate director for adult and health services.
Voices on the inside are just as loud
Published October 20, 2016 1.25pm
What would women prisoners say to a theatre audience if they had the chance?
Nursery uses spectacular summer of culture to inspire children's education
Published August 26, 2016 12.12pm
A nursery is using Durham's spectacular summer of culture to teach children about the history and heritage of their local community.
Dementia Friendly swimming lessons make a difference
Published June 21, 2016 1.54pm
We're encouraging people living with dementia to take advantage of specially designed swimming lessons in County Durham.
Funky jazz and howling Hammonds - The James Taylor Quarter comes to Durham
Published May 26, 2016 2.31pm
The James Taylor Quartet, who have set the standard for the coolest sounds in acid jazz for over a quarter of a century, are coming to Gala Theatre on Saturday 4 June at 7.30pm.