Welcome to Durham University Department of Music, one of leading centres in the UK for the study of Music. We were ranked as the top Department in 2016 (#1 The Sunday Times University League Table, #2 Complete University Guide, #3 Research Excellence Framework). The Department has internationally recognised research expertise in a wide variety of topics including musicology, theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, music psychology, performance, composition, and music technology.
We strive to provide innovative, research-led teaching that will assist our students to achieve their full potential as thinking, creative musicians and scholars. Our undergraduate programme mixes foundational courses with a strong emphasis on developing independent research skills and increasing choice and flexibility as you progress. Our postgraduate programme offers opportunities for higher-level study with world-leading researchers.
Durham enjoys a rich musical life: the University boasts numerous choirs, orchestras, opera, jazz and early-music ensembles, and the Department runs its own annual concert series, which attracts soloists from around the World.
The Music Department is located within the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the magnificent 11th century Cathedral and Castle. We have a distinguished tradition of scholarship stretching back to the nineteenth century, but we pride ourselves on remaining a dynamic centre of creative and intellectual innovation.
- Music, Media and Technologies RMA Study Day - deadline approaching
- Geography, Music, Space - videos available online
- Pianists Mark Knoop and Philip Thomas to perform John Cage’s Two2 in special concert
- Weekend of contemporary music concerts in MUSICON series
- Report: Church music conference organised by PhD student Enya Doyle
- Open Workshop on Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance
- Programme announced for Music Britain, and the First World War CNCS conference
- World première 'Amérique du Nord' by Richard Rijnvos
- Call for Papers - Music, Media and Technologies RMA Study Day
- Acclaimed Northumbrian pipes performer Kathryn Tickell to receive honorary degree
Thursday 9 March 2017
- Special Concert: John Cage’s Two2 7:00pm, Concert Room, Music Department
Monday 13 March 2017
- MUSICON Festival of East Asian Music: Music for the Soul 7:30pm, Town Hall, Market Place, Durham
Tuesday 14 March 2017
- MUSICON Festival of East Asian Music: Two Forces of Nature 1:15pm, Concert Room, Music Department
- MUSICON Festival of East Asian Music: A String Conversation 7:30pm, Town Hall, Market Place, Durham
Tuesday 2 May 2017
- MUSICON Concert: The Brodsky Quartet 7:30pm, Concert Room, Music Department
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