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Discover classical, contemporary and traditional live music events, performed at stunning historic venues across Durham. You can also view these events in calendar format.

Come and Sing William Byrd

14 October 2023: An inspiring day exploring the rich and varied music of ‘England’s nightingale’ William Byrd (c.1540-1623), in the 400th anniversary year of his death.
William Byrd

Fretwork: William Byrd and his Contemporaries

18 October 2023: The viol consort Fretwork makes a welcome return to MUSICON with its acclaimed programme of music by the English Renaissance composer William Byrd.

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Mendelssohn’s String Octet

1 November 2023: Soloists from Royal Northern Sinfonia perform chamber music classics, including melodies by Amy Beach, Bacewicz’s Quintet and Mendelssohn’s String Octet.
Royal Northern Sinfonia

East Asian Fusions 1 – Geomungo and Bagpipes

21 November 2023: Heo Yoonjeong, on the Korean geomungo zither, and Cassandre Balbar, on the bagpipes and medieval recorder, perform separately and together.
Cassandre Balbar and Heo Yoonjeong

Rolf Hind, piano

16 January 2024: World-renowned pianist and composer Rolf Hind performs Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus in the transcendent space of Durham Cathedral.

Trio EAPOS: East Asian Soundscapes

29 January 2024: Trio EAPOS (East Asian Pool of Sound) is an exciting new fusion group combining three highly distinctive instruments from three different countries.
MUSICON EAPOS (East Asia Pool of Sound)

Idrîsî Ensemble

30 January 2024: Merging sound installation, cutting-edge research, ancient Mediterranean traditions and experimental song, this promises to be a concert like no other.
Idrisi Ensemble, who will perform at Musicon

Singing Hildegard Workshop

31 January 2024: Interactive workshop with Thomas Fournil and members of Idrîsî Ensemble
Singing Hildegard

Svetlana Rudenko: DreaMR

2 February 2024: DreaMR performance by Svetlana Rudenko (piano), talks by Prof. Mads Haahr (Trinity College Dublin), and Dr Kelly Jakubowski (Durham University).
Svetlana Rudenko

EXAUDI 'In dew of roses' - songs for loving and parting

13 February 2024: Virtuoso vocal ensemble EXAUDI’s appearances in MUSICON and Durham Vocal Festival have become firm favourites with audiences over the past few years.
Image of the EXAUDI ensemble

Indian Spring Colours 1 - Satwinder Pal Singh

2 March 2024: Known as the ‘instrument of a hundred colours’, Satwinder Pal Singh’s sarangi recital will launch this year’s Indian Spring Colours concert series.
Satwinder Pal Singh

Indian Spring Colours 2 - Sanchita Pal

3 March 2024: Sanchita Pal will present mesmerising morning ragas, thumris and Bhajans accompanied by Gurdain Singh Ryatt (tabla) and Satwinder Pal Singh (sarangi)
Sanchita Pal

Indian Spring Colours 3 - Eeshar Singh and Gurdain Rayatt

3 March 2024: Eeshar Singh is an emerging Indian Classical musician, composer and performer. Gurdain Rayatt is one of the leading tabla players in the UK today.
Eeshar Singh and Gurdain Rayatt

FILM SCREENING: Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros

4 March 2024: To mark International Women’s Day 2024, MUSICON, together with Durham University’s Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) host a screening of Deep Listen
PO and Accordian

Ben Smith, Piano Grooves

24 April 2024: Astonishing young pianist Ben Smith explores the intricacies of rhythm and repetition in a programme explores what happens when rhythms become grooves.

Music and Gender Symposium

8 March 2024: Join us on International Women's Day to hear a range of presentations on music and women centred topics.
IWD 2024