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Durham University



On this page you can find the list of forthcoming events with details, in addition to the link to the music section of the university's What's On guide.

Tuesday 28 January 2020

Research Forum: Lisa McCormick (Edinburgh)
3:00pm, Concert Room, Department of Music

Scandalous Choices: Moral Disturbances in Classical Music Competitions

Please note this lecture has been rescheduled from 26 November 2019

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Research Forum: John Rink (Cambridge)
3:00pm, Concert Room, Department of Music

Between Practice and Theory: Performance Studies and/as Artistic Research

Musicon: Gesauldo | Cruel Ecstasy
7:30pm, Chapter House, Durham Cathedral

EXAUDI James Weeks director


Carlo Gesualdo - Madrigals from Books V and VI
Christopher Fox - Canti del carcere (WP)
A work from MUSICON’s call for scores

Internationally renowned for its performances of the radical edges of vocal chamber music – from the Renaissance avant-garde to the music of today – EXAUDI brings to MUSICON a programme focused on the extraordinary madrigals of Carlo Gesualdo. Expressively extreme, technically adventurous and vocally virtuosic, Gesualdo’s last two books of madrigals are astonishing in their shocking harmonic language, disorientating juxtapositions of mood and intense emotional impact. EXAUDI’s decade-long exploration of this music seeks to bring these qualities to vivid life, alongside two new works: Christopher Fox’s settings of Gramsci’s powerful Prison Notebooks, and a piece selected from MUSICON’s anniversary call-for-scores.

A pre-concert talk with Dr. James Weeks will take place in the venue before the concert.

Presented in Collaboration with Durham Vocal Festival

Tickets: £10, Students £4, Under 18s £1

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Research Forum: Rachel Harris (SOAS)

Title to be confirmed

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Musicon: New Sounds | Nordic Spaces
7:30pm, Department of Music, Palace Green

Alpaca Ensemble Sigrid Elisabeth Stang violin
Marianne Baudouin Lie cello
Else Bø piano
Rolf Borch clarinet
Espen Aalberg percussion
Ole Jørgen Melhus trombone

Karin RehnqvistIn Orbit
Eric Skytterholm Eganin Motion
Kristin BolstadLet Me Be
A work from MUSICON’s call for scores

Saturday 29 February 2020

Musicon: Indian Spring Colours | Concert 1
7:30pm, Department of Music, Palace Green

Apoorva Gokhale vocal
Vishwanath Shirodkar tabla
Seema Shirodkar harmonium

Our first concert features all artists visiting from India especially for this festival. Apoorva Gokhale is a rising star of the Indian music scene, who brings to the stage her own interpretation of a rich family legacy. She began her musical training at the feet of her grandfather, the legendary musician Gajananbuwa Joshi (1911-1987) and proudly represents the Gwalior gharana tradition of khyal singing with its combination of dignity, grace and lyricism.

She is accompanied by two of India's premier performers on harmonium and tabla, Seema and Vishwanath Shirodkar. The Shirodkars are much in demand in India as accompanists to the leading khyal singers, and it is a rare privilege in the UK to hear what they can bring to a khyal presentation.

The concert will comprise presentations of traditional Hindustani ragas and talas. As is traditional in this music tradition, the exact repertory is not decided in advance of the performance.

A pre-concert discussion will take place at the venue before the concert.

Tickets: £10, Students £4, Under 18s £1