Café Mozart

Added Thursday 4th October 2018

Sixty Years on!

 Durham graduate returns after 60 years with a concert in the University


When Derek McCulloch came to Durham in 1957 to study German he could barely read music. Little did he imagine that he would leave five years later to embark on a dual career as broadcaster, linguist, singer and music historian. He returns on October 24th (7.30pm)to give a concert with his acclaimed early music ensemble Café Mozart in the Music Department on Palace Green, the venue where his music career started. In keeping with his dual career the concert is about “The other Shakespeares”, meaning the composer Haydn, nicknamed “the Shakespeare of Music” by the London press when he came to this country, and songs to texts by the poet Goethe, dubbed “the German Shakespeare”, performed in English to McCulloch's new verse translations. Café Mozart has performed in venues across the UK and broadcast on BBC radio and television as well as in Austria, Hungary and Germany.

Tickets £6/£5 via the MusicDurham website ( and at the door.

Oct 23rd Newcastle Lit&Phil,  7pm

23 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE  Phone0191 232 0192

Illustrated lecture: Singing the poet's song in a strange land (with members of Café Mozart).

Oct 24th, Music Dept., Palace Green, 7.30pm. Café Mozart

Concert: The other Shakespeares: Music by Haydn ('The Shakespeare of Music') and settings of poems by Goethe ('The German Shakespeare') and his contemporaries Emily Atkinson (soprano), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Jenny Thomas (flute), Ilana Cravitz (violin), Ian Gammie (guitar) - period instruments. Devised and introduced by Derek McCulloch.

 Please see hand-out for more information.  

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