We’ve had some stunning events over the years… here are some events from our recent festivals.

An Audience with… John Simpson

John Simpson

In this fascinating evening, John Simpson will describe some of the difficult and often dangerous situations he has faced as a veteran reporter, as well as some of the more light-hearted and amusing tales from his own travels.

With over 40 years experience in international journalism, John has dodged the bullets in Tiananmen Square, danced on top of the Berlin Wall, and was on hand for the revolutions in Czechoslovakia and Romania. He stood alongside Boris Yeltsin during the KGB coup which brought down the Soviet Union, and was the first Western journalist to penetrate the KGB headquarters in Moscow.

John will be happy to sign copies of his books after the event.

Organ Recital ~ Francesca Massey

Francesca Massey

Francesca Massey is the Sub-Organist at Durham Cathedral, accompanying the cathedral choir in services, concerts, tours, broadcasts and recordings, as well as training the choristers and directing the Cathedral’s Consort of Singers.

As a teenager Francesca gained all of the top prizes in the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists’ diploma. She performs regularly as a recitalist throughout the UK, and has two solo recordings on the Priory Records label. Francesca was educated at Cambridge University and the Royal Northern College of Music. She held Organ Scholarships at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Manchester Cathedral, and was Assistant Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral.

In this concert, she will perform pieces by Pott, JS Bach, Nicolas de Grigny and Maurice Duruflé.