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Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty News

Music: Music graduate Will Dryland wins Benslow Music Young Composers Competition

The second Benslow Music Young Composers Competition, in partnership with the London Klezmer Quartet, has been won by our graduate Will Dryland.

The winning piece ‘Whistler Medley’ will be premiered in a concert to be given by the London Klezmer Quartet on Saturday 31 October 2020 at Benslow Music in Hitchin.

Congratulations Will!

Read all the details at https://benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=2157

(17 Jul 2020)


Music: Zoom in on Masters online events by Fondazione Cini

Dr Simone Tarsitani collaborated to Zoom in on Masters, a new online initiative of the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Musical Studies (IISMC) at Fondazione Cini, producing three online conversations with masters of important musical and dance traditions, accompanied by online performances, which have all been published on Fondazione Cini's YouTube Channel. 

Find out more and watch the videos: https://www.cini.it/en/events/zoom-in-on-masters-iismc-online-conversations

(17 Jul 2020)


Central News: Report calls for higher education to empower Muslim voices

A fresh debate on future models of university citizenship is called for by a new report, based on a survey of students nationally conducted by Durham and three other universities.

(14 Jul 2020) » Central News: Report calls for higher education to empower Muslim voices


Theology and Religion: The CCS Welcomes Dr Catherine Sexton

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr Catherine Sexton to the Boundary Breaking Research Team: Examining the Ecclesial-Cultural Implications of Sex Abuse Within the Catholic Church.

(18 Jun 2020) » Theology and Religion: this news item


Music: Music Department #1 in the UK again!

We are thrilled to announce that Music subject at Durham University continues to be ranked 1st in the UK. Thanks to staff & students for all the incredible work!

Top UK University Subject Tables and Rankings 2021 - Complete University Guide.

(10 Jun 2020)


Music: Dr Kelly Jakubowski's music and memory research featured in DU podcast

Dr Kelly Jakubowski's research on music and autobiographical memory was featured this week in the Possible Podcast series. This is a new podcast that aims to bring creative thinking to arts & humanities research, and is produced by Paul Drury-Bradey and Ideosound through Durham University's Arts & Humanities Entrepreneur in Residence programme.

(22 May 2020) » Music: Dr Kelly Jakubowski's music and memory research featured in DU podcast


Theology and Religion: Thoughts on the Pandemic

CCS members offer some thoughts about the pandemic, offering some words of hope, consolation, food for thought and more.

(21 May 2020) » Theology and Religion: Thoughts on the Pandemic


Music: Dr Katherine Hambridge in two short films for Royal Northern Sinfonia

Dr Katherine Hambridge has been working with the Royal Northern Sinfonia to introduce their repertoire to audiences in the North East. The Royal Northern Sinfonia, based at the Sage in Gateshead, has developed a new platform for learning about the chamber orchestra and its music: visit RNS Inside Story to take a look.

(20 May 2020) » Music: Dr Katherine Hambridge in two short films for Royal Northern Sinfonia


Central News: Durham academic selected as New Generation Thinker

Dr Noreen Masud has taken up the prestigious role as one of this year’s New Generation Thinkers (NGT) which will see her working with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3. 

(15 May 2020) » Central News: Durham academic selected as New Generation Thinker


Central News: Grief in the time of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought massive changes to our lives including how we say goodbye to our loved ones.

(14 May 2020) » Central News: grief in the time of Covid-19


Music: Dr Erin Johnson-Williams joins the department as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

(10 May 2020) » Music: Dr Erin Johnson-Williams joins the department as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow


Music: World première 'Amérique du Sud' by Richard RIJNVOS

On 21 March 2020 the NTR ZaterdagMatinee will present the world première of Richard Rijnvos' Amérique du Sud.

The orchestral work forms the sixth part of Grand Atlas, a cycle in which each of the seven world continents is depicted in an orchestral composition. The second and seventh part of the series were written for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra during Rijnvos' long-term RCO residency between 2011 and 2017. 

As was the case with Asie, the third part of the cycle, Amérique du Sud was commissioned by NTR ZaterdagMatinee (Dutch Radio). It will be performed in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Hans Graf.

More information: https://www.richardrijnvos.com/compositions/no65-amerique_du_sud.html

 

(25 Feb 2020)


Central News: Durham Inspired – North East Scholarships programme launched as part of record donation

We want to welcome the best and brightest students with the merit and potential to succeed, regardless of their economic circumstances. 

That’s one of the reasons we are delighted to announce the establishment of a major scholarships programme to enable students from low-income backgrounds in North East England to study here at Durham.

(20 Feb 2020) » Central News: New scholarships programme part of record donation


Music: Athena SWAN Bronze Award application submitted

The Music Department is proud to announce the culmination of several years of work into improving the inclusivity, equality and diversity of our work place. We have submitted an application to Athena SWAN Bronze Award and we are already committed to various actions and policies that shape our Departmental culture to be fair, equal and inclusive. For more details, see https://www.dur.ac.uk/music/edi/

(23 Jan 2020)


Theology and Religion: Congratulations Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Doctor of Divinity

During winter congregation 2020, over 1500 of our students will graduate at ceremonies in Durham Cathedral. We will be joined by family and friends to celebrate their hard work and inspiring achievements, and to wish them well in their future endeavours.

We also award honorary degrees to inspiring individuals, who are nominated by our colleagues, in recognition of their long and exemplary service of national and international acclaim.

This year, we awarded the Archbishop of York an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, in recognition of his service to the Church of England and for the support and encouragement he offers our students and to St John’s College.

(9 Jan 2020) » Theology and Religion: Congratulations Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Doctor of Divinity


Music: Dr James Weeks wins Ivors Composer Award

Following his success in the British Composer Awards 2018, Dr James Weeks has again been successful in the re-named Ivors Academy Composer Awards 2019, winning in the Small Chamber Composition category with his string quartet Leafleoht (2018). The Ivors are the UK’s leading awards for composition.

(10 Dec 2019) » Music: Dr James Weeks wins Ivors Composer Award


Central News: Strengthening strategic partnerships in the US

As a research-intensive University, we aim to deliver world-leading research that has a positive impact on global challenges. To do this, we need to develop and sustain strategic partnerships with institutions who share our common goals.

(18 Nov 2019) » Central News: Strengthening strategic partnerships in the US


Music: New CD 'Riflessi' by Rijnvos - Ives Ensemble

Recently the Ives Ensemble of Amsterdam presented a new CD album entitled "Riflessi". It features three compositions by Richard Rijnvos: "Riflesso sul tasto" from 2007, "Riflesso sull'arco", which was composed in 2016, and finally "Riflesso sullo spazio" from this year. The 'Riflessi' series consists exclusively of companion pieces. In other words: each 'Riflesso' explores the same exceptional scoring of a classic from the last century. The new CD is released on the label RTF Classical, and carries the catalogue number NI6383.

(12 Nov 2019) » Music: New CD 'Riflessi' by Rijnvos - Ives Ensemble


Music: Rave reviews for new Gesualdo disc (James Weeks - EXAUDI)

The latest recording by vocal ensemble EXAUDI, which is directed by Dr James Weeks, has been released on the German label Winter&Winter to universal critical acclaim. Departing from EXAUDI’s core contemporary and experimental repertoire, the new disc is a recital of 18 madrigals from the Fifth and Sixth Books of Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), presented in fresh new readings that privilege the music’s extreme expressive vision.

(1 Nov 2019) » Music: Rave reviews for new Gesualdo disc (James Weeks - EXAUDI)


Music: Dr Weeks nominated for Ivors Composer Award

Following his success in the British Composer Awards 2018, Dr James Weeks has again been nominated in the now-renamed Ivors Composer Awards 2019, for his string quartet Leafleoht (2018).

(1 Nov 2019) » Music: Dr Weeks nominated for Ivors Composer Award