Colin Dye 2nd baritone horn, Reg Vardy Band

I've been a member of the Reg Vardy Band for over 40 years ... but last night in Durham Cathedral was one of the best and most moving concerts I've ever been part of. The musical style was quite difficult for the band to play. It was a departure from what we normally play. We're all amateurs and many of us are not even particularly well educated in music (including me), but to get to play some of the world's great music, directed by a top class conductor, alongside fantastic soloists was a privilege I wouldn't have missed!

Such an event obviously takes a tremendous amount of organisation, especially to achieve such a highly professional standard, and Lesley Ann must be congratulated for creating a superb evening.

Darkness to Light, Durham Cathedral, April 2015 

In July 2011, InterOpera presented Riverside Plays Opera. 

Penelope_Randall-Davis.JPGThink of opera and the image of a sumptuously-decorated, chandelier-lit theatre springs to mind. Ahead of us, the huge stage and the pit below, full of orchestral players…Then as the lights dim, the Maestro brings down the first beat and the curtains are drawn aside…we enter a world of drama and wild imaginings…Leave all sense of reality at home ...

Read the Riverside plays Opera programme.

Take a look at the Riverside plays Opera gallery.