Professor James Stirling, CBE, FRS - Service of Thanksgiving

The family of Professor James Stirling are holding a service of thanksgiving to celebrate his life.

The service will be held in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 4 May 2019 at 2pm, and is open to all.

James died on 9 November 2018, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few months earlier. His final weeks were spent at his home in Durham surrounded by his loving family - his wife Paula, children Tom and Helena, and grandchildren Verity, Justin, Grace and Flora.

The English Schools' Orchestra Composition Competition

Congratulations to Edwin Sung (m. 2011) for reaching the final of the English Schools' Orchestra Composition competition. His piece of orchestral music "Overture to the Proms" was selected as a finalist entry to be performed by the English Young Artists' Sinfonia at Cecil Sharp House, London in March 2018.

More information can be found on the English Schools Orchestra website.

PIG/PORK by Pía Spry-Marqués

Pig/Pork explores the love-hate relationship between humans and pigs through the lenses of archaeology, biology, history and gastronomy, providing a close and affectionate look at the myriad causes underlying this multi-millennial bond. What is it that people in all four corners of the world find so fascinating about the pig? When did the human obsession with pigs begin, how did it develop through time, and where is it heading? Why are pigs so special to some of us, but not to others?

Swinburne's Style: An Experiment in Verse History (Legenda) by Laura McCormick Kilbride

Swinburne’s Style: An Experiment in Verse History establishes Swinburne’s significance in the historical development of English poetry from 1865 to the present. Situating Swinburne on the cusp of modernism, it argues that Swinburne had no personal style because he possessed all styles. His mastery of traditional verse forms promoted a level of stylistic self-awareness which the next generation of poets could not sustain. If criticism to date has found Swinburne challenging, this is because his poetry challenges criticism.

The Classical Music Lover's Companion to Orchestral Music by Robert Philip

An invaluable guide for lovers of classical music designed to enhance their enjoyment of the core orchestral repertoire from 1700 to 1950 Robert Philip, scholar, broadcaster, and musician, has compiled an essential handbook for lovers of classical music, designed to enhance their listening experience to the full. Covering four hundred works by sixty-eight composers from Corelli to Shostakovich, this engaging companion explores and unpacks the most frequently performed works, including symphonies, concertos, overtures, suites, and ballet scores.