About the Society


Darlington Music Society has been around a long time probably for more than a century. Records in the Public Library show that concerts were given as long ago as 1890 in Polam Hall and during the early years of this century, the D’Aranyi sisters & the Griller & Zorian Quartets appearing regularly. 

The society disbanded temporarily in 1941, but was back in business in 1943. The re-opening concert was given by the Zorian String Quartet, with Kathleen Ferrier appearing later that season. Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears gave a recital the following season.

Other top artists appearing in the 1950’s and 60’s included Michael Head, Owen Brannigan and Edmund Rubbra, John Ogden, John Lill, Gerald Moore, Campoli & the debut of the world famous Bartok String Quartet. The 1970’s saw Alfred Brendel, Janet Baker, Fujikawa, Craig Sheppard, the Bartok Quartet, Andras Schiff, Rafael Wallfisch and the debut of the then very youthful Brodsky String Quartet. Two performances of Mendelssohn’s Octet in 1980 & 1982 found the Brodsky’s teamed brilliantly with the Kodaly & New Budapest Quartets.

In the 1980’s, the policy of presenting the finest quality music brought top international artists such as Tamas Vasary, Thomas Allen, Sylvia Rosenburg, Wolfgang Manz, the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, the Brodsky String Quartet and the Moscow String Quartet.

The 1990's featured Dame Moura Lympany, Angela Hewitt, Tasmin Little and Robert Cohen. In the new century, we have presented Martin Roscoe, Peter Donahue, Tasmin Little (again),Min Jin and Min Jung Kym (three times, by popular demand), Liwei Qin and Julian Lloyd Webber.

In July 2012 The Darlington Arts Centre which had hosted our concerts for many years closed its doors for the last time and we began our first season at the Dolphin Centre in the October with a wonderful concert given by The Borodin Quartet.