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Musical life

One of the most exciting things about studying in Durham is the extraordinary variety of high-quality ensembles performing regular concerts. The majority of these ensembles are student run, which means that you not only get a chance to play in excellent groups, but also to gain experience in coordinating societies and in putting on shows. The main society which coordinates all these activities is Music Durham. Music Durham comprises many different types of musical groups ensuring that there is something for everyone to get involved with, from auditioned to non-auditioned choirs, orchestras, bands and much more.

The Music Department organises MUSICON, the professional concert series, which every year offers a rich programme and great opportunities for students.

Music Concerts at Durham University

DU Choral Society

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Affect Formations Concert - March 2015 - The Sage Gateshead

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The Affect Formations Concert at The Sage Gateshead marked the end of a half year residency by Adinda van 't Klooster at the Durham University Music Department. Project blog:

Musicon Festival of East Asian Music 2013

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Korean Songs of Restraint and Release: Moon Hyun and Lee Joo-Eun

Manjiri Asanare Kelkar - concert

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Shujaat Khan - concert

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Murad Ali - concert

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DUOS Symphonic Orchestra 2012

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Durham University Orchestral Society performing at Van Mildert College on 1 December 2012.

“Since joining the music department in 2008, I've often been struck by the diversity and number of music-related activities that are going on in Durham; new groups, societies, and ensembles are being formed all the time. By combining innovation, impressive performance skills, and a DIY ethic, the students make this little city a vibrant, exciting place to be. ”

Dr. Simon Mills, Lecturer