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Durham University


New Music at Durham University

Pioneering new music in the North East

Durham University is a leading centre for new music in the region, a home to composers at the forefront of creativity in contemporary art music.

We explore ground-breaking techniques in orchestral, vocal and chamber music, and lead new developments in electroacoustic, algorithmic and live electronic music.

Regional centre for international performances and events

Our concert series bring top international artists to the North East, and our resident ensembles premiere innovative work.

Our public workshops and events offer the chance to get immersed in the leading edge of the new music world.

Musical experiences unique in the region

We present exciting, cutting-edge and diverse programmes from world-leading musicians.

Our connections with musicians all over the globe draw high-calibre performers to the city. The programme features new music concerts alongside performances of music from the middle ages to the 20th century, plus music from around the world.

No knowledge of new music is required – the series features pre-concert talks to introduce unfamiliar names and styles.

For more about Musicon and full details of this year’s series:

Showcasing the 'colour of sound'

The department's new music concert series, highlighting the latest in musical innovations, exploratory concepts and startling effects.

The programme celebrates a tradition of experimental music thriving since the mid-20th century, with concerts throughout the year from visiting artists and resident musicians.

All abilities and experience-levels are catered for

Get a taste of new music through participatory music-making workshops led by renowned musicians and educators.

We also have E7B SoundLab, the ensemble dedicated to workshopping and premiering brand-new works, collaborating with composers to develop cutting-edge ideas and notation.

E7B SoundLab is part of Ensemble 7Bridges (E7B), the North East’s own contemporary music group and Durham University’s ensemble in residence, made up of some of the very best contemporary music specialist performers in the UK.

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