Venice visual ethnomusicology workshop with dept. expertise
The Intercultural Institute for Comparative Music Studies - Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice is calling for participants for a workshop on the Audio-visual Documentation of Fieldwork.
Taking place 11-16 June 2018, the workshop will be led by Marco Lutzu, alongside Simone Tarsitani, who is Research Technician in the Department of Music at Durham.
Hear department’s Music & Science Lab on BBC R3
Prof Martin Clayton and Dr Kelly Jakubowski from the department’s Music and Science Lab appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters programme on Saturday 10 March.
(12 Mar 2018) » More about Hear department’s Music & Science Lab on BBC R3
Fully-funded PhD opportunity with Dr Katherine Hambridge
Reitz film retrospective features Rijnvos score remake
On Sunday 4 March 2018 the Filmhaus in Nuremberg (Germany) presents the grand final of “Edgar Reitz: Die große Werkschau,” a 34-day retrospective that started on 5 January, showing his complete film work.
Music of Parry to be celebrated during royal visit
On 15 February His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will visit Durham University and as part of his visit he will listen to a programme of Sir Hubert Parry’s music to mark the commemoration of the composer’s death in 1918 as well as to celebrate the composer’s connection with Durham through his honorary DCL degree in 1894.
Khyal: Music and Imagination exhibition opens in Durham
Oriental Museum, Durham
19 January - 3 June 2018
Mon-Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays: 12pm – 5pm
Khyal is a vocal genre from India, and this exhibition presents the results of a collaboration between three visual artists who immersed themselves in this music, the musicians who perform it, and musicologists who research it.
Katherine Hambridge gives BFE/RMA conference keynote
The 2018 BFE/RMA Research Students Conference was held 4-6 January at the University of Huddersfield, and was sponsored jointly by the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the Royal Musical Association.
World première: Richard RIJNVOS' 'Geschwindigkeit'
On 31 December 2017 the David Kweksilber Big Band will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ new composition, entitled Geschwindigkeit. The work accompanies a short film of the same name by Edgar Reitz.
Department to host SMA postgrad conference
The Society for Music Analysis annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by the Department of Music at Durham University on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April 2018.
The event provides a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduates can gain experience in presenting their work, and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also very welcome to attend.
(12 Dec 2017) » More about Department to host SMA postgrad conference
It is with great sadness that we report the death, on 21 November 2017, of Emeritus Professor David Greer.
David was a highly-regarded and internationally-known scholar of English music of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, with a specialized focus on the age of Shakespeare, the lute song and the early publication history of music in England.
Read more here.
(27 Nov 2017)
Special performance revives North-East popular traditions
Listen in to echoes from the past, when All Hallows’ Eve struck fear in people’s souls!
25th November 2017, 15:30 to 16:30, Concert Hall, Music Department, Palace Green
Lecturer in Performance Dr Hector Sequera takes part in Lost Voices, a special performance that retrieves and presents voices, melodies, and popular traditions in the North-East, from Anglo-Saxon to Victorian times.
Dr David Hughes decorated by Japanese government
The Japanese government has bestowed Music Department Honorary Research Fellow Dr David Hughes with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. The distinction is awarded to honour exceptional merit.
It recognises Dr Hughes’ “significant role in promoting understanding of traditional Japanese music, particularly in the UK.” He has organised over 200 performances featuring visiting practitioners from Japan, and set up three groups in the UK that are at the forefront of teaching and performing Japanese music.
(16 Nov 2017) » More about Dr David Hughes decorated by Japanese government
John Snijders performs at Amsterdam Art Weekend
Amsterdam Art Weekend takes over the Dutch city from 23 to 26 November, with over 100 contemporary art events in 50 locations.
John Snijders, Head of Music Performance at Durham, is giving a special piano performance of Proeven van Stijlkunst (Experiments in Artistic Style), a piece from 1913-17 by the Dutch composer Jacob van Domselaer.
(15 Nov 2017) » More about John Snijders performs at Amsterdam Art Weekend
Recent performances of work by Dr Eric Egan
In October and November there are a number of performances of Dr Egan’s music, including two premieres. The first performance of “In Monochrome” (Mira Benjamin, violin) took place in Oslo on 13th October, while the premiere of “of her Skin” (Jack Adler-Mckean, tuba) came at Unerhörte Music in Berlin on 24th October.
On November 25th, Adam Starkie (contrabass clarinet) will perform “Falling” at the Vertixe Sonora festival in Vigo (Spain).
(9 Nov 2017)
Last chance: James Weeks' ensemble profiled on BBC R3
On Sunday 8th October 2017 BBC Radio 3's flagship early music programme The Early Music Show was devoted to a profile of new staff member Dr James Weeks' vocal ensemble EXAUDI and its performances of Renaissance Italian madrigal repertoires from Rore and Vicentino to Monteverdi.
The broadcast is available on the via the BBC until Monday 6 November 2017.
Premiere of Dr James Weeks' 'windfell' by Mira Benjamin
Friday 27 October 2017 sees the premiere of James Weeks' hour-long work for Canadian violinist Mira Benjamin, a special event organised by experimental chamber music series Music We'd Like To Hear, at St-Mary-at-Hill, London.
Award for doctoral candidate Scott Bannister
Scott Bannister has been awarded the Faculty of Arts and Humanities award for Student Achievement in Music 2016-17. It recognises Scott’s outstanding attainments in the early stages of his PhD, during which time he has been examining the phenomenon of ‘chills’ in music listeners. The project is based in Durham’s Music & Science Lab and is supervised by Prof Tuomas Eerola and Dr Nick Collins.
(24 Oct 2017) » More about Award for doctoral candidate Scott Bannister
Columbus Symphony Orchestra performs Rijnvos orchestration
On 3 and 4 of November 2017 the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio (USA) will perform Richard Rijnvos’ orchestration of Chants d’Espagne by Isaac Albéniz.
It is the first time a professional symphony orchestra will have presented this 2014 orchestration of the 5-movement piano suite, which the most important Spanish composer of his time wrote between 1891 and 1894.
Rijnvos’ orchestration is the first ever of Albéniz’ opus 232 in its entirety, respecting all original titles and the order of movements.
Department alumna celebrated in remembrance concert
Ailsa Dixon read music at Durham in the 1950s and went on to have compositions performed by the Brindisi Quartet, Ian Partridge and Lynne Dawson during a particularly successful spell in the 1980s.
Shortly before her death in August 2017, Ailsa’s work began to be recognised again, with the anthem, ‘These things shall be’ premiered by the London Oriana Choir at the Cutty Sark in London, as part of the Five15 project to highlight the work of women composers.
(17 Oct 2017) » More about Department alumna celebrated in remembrance concert
Welcoming new students to department ranked 1st by Sunday Times
The new academic year is beginning with the news that the Music Department has been ranked 1st in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
This is the second year running that Durham has been named the country’s top music department by The Times, and it adds to the number 1 ranking in the Complete University Guide 2018.
John Snijders provides live piano for Russian Revolution silent film
Snijders, who is Head of Music Performance, plays the piano score live at a special screening of Sergei Eisenstein and Grigori Aleksandrov’s silent classic October: Ten Days That Shook The World, at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, on 29 September at 7pm.
The event is part of a special programme of film, visual art and discussions to mark the occasion of the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917.
Eminent scholar visiting department (Prof Bill Thompson, IAS Fellow)
Bill Thompson is Professor in Psychology at Macquarie University. He conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersections between music, language, emotion, and cognition. His current research is focused on understanding the role of music for atypical and outlier communities, including individuals with neurological impairment, fans of alternative and violent music, and diaspora populations.
'Khyal: Music and Imagination' in Leicester
Khyal: Music and Imagination – Project exhibition at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, LE1 7EA, 15 July - 5 November 2017
We are proud to announce that the Khyal: Music and Imagination multimedia exhibition will be hosted by the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery from 15 July until 5 November 2017.
(14 Jul 2017) » More about 'Khyal: Music and Imagination' in Leicester
Khyal: Music and Imagination exhibition at Laing Gallery
Laing Gallery, Newcastle, NE1 8AG, 5-16 November 2016
Khyal: Music and Imagination is a multimedia exhibition that brings together visual artists and musicians to explore diverse visual responses to Indian classical music.
The exhibition features original artworks by Adinda van ’t Klooster, Mahjabin Imam Majumdar, and Theresa Poulton, which can be viewed while listening to the music that inspired them. Works by professional artists are displayed alongside pieces by school children from the north east of England, who were invited to respond to the same music.