Related Events


Cobweb Orchestra

4 November, 6.00, £11 Adults, £10 Concs and Friends

Cobweb Orchestra An evening of music by Mozart in the superb setting of the Museum’s Picture Galleries. Cobweb Orchestra players from throughout the North will be joined by inspirational soloists Jo Montgomery and Chrissie Slater in the sublime Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra. The programme will also include Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, the Haffner Symphony and the ever popular overture from The Marriage of Figaro.

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Barnard Castle School Choir & Orchestra

7 December, Doors open at 7.00 to be seated by 7.30, £10.00 Adults, £8.00 Friends

Barnard Castle School Choir & Orchestra

A carol concert performed in the spectacular setting of the Picture Gallery. Bar / seasonal nibbles / Christmas Raffle Tickets on sale.    


Mrs. Bowes’ Magnificent Salons: The Social Life Of Joséphine Bowes

13 March, refreshments served at 10.30, talk to start at 11.00, £12.00 Adults, £10.00 Friends

Mrs. Bowes’ Magnificent Salons: The Social Life Of Joséphine Bowes

A Parisian magazine enthused about the salons and parties given by Joséphine Bowes in the 1860s, but Paris under the Second Empire has a reputation of being full of ‘froth, sex, greed and sumptuousness’. Where does Joséphine fit in?  What do we know about her social life?  How and where did she entertain?  Who were her friends?  Who did she meet and greet?  How did she try to break into the social life of the Imperial court of Napoleon III?

Join Judith Phillips, the Museum’s Honorary Archivist, to learn how the archives can shed light on these questions about Joséphine’s social life.


Durham Singers

22 June, Time and Prices tbc

Durham Singers

We are pleased to announce a summer concert performed by the fabulous Durham Singers, who regularly perform at Durham Cathedral. This will be their first concert at The Bowes Museum, in the splendid Picture Galleries. The concert will take place in the early evening, with summer nibbles and drinks.

The Durham Singers were founded in the early 1970s in the tradition of other great chamber choirs around the UK. Their core aim is to put on concerts of largely unaccompanied music and to build an enthusiastic audience through imaginative programming and top quality singing. Julian, the Choirmaster, has already researched and developed our music for this evening’s performance and has chosen French and English pieces.


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Further Information


Further details of forthcoming Friends’ Events will always be found in the centre pages (12 & 13) of each issue of our quarterly newsletter Bowes Arts (see link to recent issues in the right-hand column).

Booking and Information
: To book tickets for any Friends' Event or to gain further information, contact the Friends' Office, tel 01833 690606 ext.233 or email: friends@thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Tickets may also be booked by completing the Booking Form included in the quarterly "Bowes Arts" and sending it to:
The Friends' Office (Events)
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle
DL12 8NP

When booking tickets, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope; without this, tickets will have to be collected.

The Friends' office is run by volunteers and it is not, therefore, always possible to speak to someone. However, you may leave a message on the answer phone or in an email and a response will be sent at the earliest opportunity.