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Professors Julian Horton and Bennett Zon give public seminars

Professor Julian Horton - Textual Evidence and Musical Analysis: Once More on the First Movement of Beethoven’s ‘Tempest’ Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2

Tuesday 2 February 2016, 18:00-19:30; PGL Learning Centre - Palace Green Library

This lecture revisits the analytical reception history of Beethoven’s ‘Tempest’ Sonata, as part of Palace Green Library’s series ‘The Life of Texts: Evidence in Textual Production, Transmission and Reception’.

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Professor Bennett Zon - Evolution and Victorian Musical Culture: anti-Semitism and Hebrew music in Carl Engel's Music of the Most Ancient Nations (1864)

Monday 8 February 2016, 13:00-14:00; Institute of Advanced Study, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green

In this IAS Christopherson Knott Fellows' Seminar, Professor Zon explores the conflicted nature of ethnomusicologist Carl Engel’s anti-Semitism in Music of the Most Ancient Nations.

Places are limited, so please contact the IAS Secretary at: in advance to reserve a place.


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(31 Jan 2016)

Music Department holds musicology/ethnomusicology study day

Tuesday 2 February 2016; Institute of Advanced Study, Palace Green
Each session open to all - no registration required

Imagined Communities, Imagined Territories - FULL PROGRAMME

The theme 'Imagined Communities, Imagined Territories' brings together musicologists and ethnomusicologists among the Music Department's staff and postgraduate researchers for this study day, part of the 2015/2016 Research Forum series.

The day's keynote lecture is given by Srđan Atanasovski (Institute of Musicology, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade), and is entitled Musical and Sonic Spaces of Contemporary Serbian Religious Nationalism.

(28 Jan 2016)

New AHRC-funded research project begins April 2016

Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance (IEMP) is an interdisciplinary research project, based on a large-scale international collaboration between a group of scholars with a common interest in interpersonal coordination and synchrony in music-making. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and will run for two years from April 2016.

The project is led by Martin Clayton and Tuomas Eerola at Durham, with international co-investigators Antonio Camurri (Casa Paganini – InfoMus, Genoa) and Peter Keller (MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University). These investigators will collaborate with a wider international group of researchers with interests in musical entrainment and expertise in a wide variety of musical traditions, supported by lead technician Simone Tarsitani (Durham).

For more about the project see:

We are currently recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the project: see

(24 Jan 2016)

Department delighted to welcome new Lecturer in Music, Dr Katherine Hambridge

Dr Hambridge is a specialist in French and German musical life in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Her research has been published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, in the Annales de la Révolution française, and is forthcoming in the Oxford University Press Handbooks Series and the Cambridge Opera Journal.

Visit Dr Hambridge's full profile.

(17 Jan 2016)

John Snijders performs world premiere on BBC Radio 3

9 January 2016, 10pm – Hear and Now, BBC Radio 3

Head of Music Performance John Snijders plays the world premiere of ‘The Red Studio’, a piece commissioned by him from London-based composer Christopher Fox.

The piece brings together two areas of research Snijders is currently working on: the piano music of Christopher Fox, and the nineteenth century tradition of 'preluding', in which keyboard players improvise short preludes before every piece in a recital.

Fox's piece is a suite of four movements, each preceded by a prelude. The result is intended to be reminiscent of a painting in which the artist depicts their own studio, as in the Matisse work, 'The Red Studio'.

More information about the programme, and video clips of Snijders discussing the piece with Fox can be found on the programme's BBC webpage. This page also contains video performances of two other Fox piano pieces, ‘Boat Song’ (2007) and ‘You, Us, Me’ (1992, also a commission from Snijders).

(7 Jan 2016)

AHRC-funded project 'Khyal: Music and Imagination' begins - artist commission and public engagement opportunity

Khyal: Music and Imagination” is an AHRC-funded project based at Durham University which will run from January 2016 and which aims to stimulate new forms of artistic production based on interactions between performers, ethnomusicologists and visual artists, and to promote public engagement with music and visual arts.

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and talented artist at the early stage of his/her career.

Full details of the project and the call for applications.

(21 Dec 2015)

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships at the Music Department

The Music Department invites expressions of interest from outstanding candidates who wish to apply for a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship through Durham University. We welcome expressions of interest from eligible candidates working on topics related to our specific research fields within musicology, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, cognition, composition and performance, and on related interdisciplinary projects: potential candidates are encouraged to explore the information on our current research on our web site. These Fellowships aim to provide opportunities for career development for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but with a proven record of excellent research.

Further information on the Leverhulme Trust Scheme, including eligibility criteria, can be found here:

Those who wish to express interest in applying for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship should contact Professor Martin Clayton at and be prepared to provide the following information by 15 January 2016.

  1. curriculum vitae

  2. detailed account of the proposed research, (2 pages of A4, Times New Roman 12 pt). This should state the aims, objectives, method and publication plans, with particular attention to explanation of the significance of the subject, and the research problem and questions. This statement should be clear and precise, with bibliographical references given in full.

  3. abstract of the proposal in non-technical terms so as to be easily comprehensible to a non-expert.

  4. details of the research being undertaken in the Music Department which is relevant to your proposal.

Applicants will be sent comments on their proposal, and, if judged suitable for support, further advice will be provided on the draft application. These applications undergo a process of scrutiny and selection by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Those whose proposals are to receive Faculty support will be informed in good time to enable any further refinement of the application, before submission to the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme by its deadline of 10 March 2016.

Durham University is one of the UK’s leading universities for research in Arts and Humanities. It offers an acclaimed environment for the support of early career researchers. The University holds internationally important research collections and in REF 2014 the Faculty of Arts and Humanities was ranked 6th among similar faculties. The Music Department was highly ranked in REF 2014 (2nd overall in Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts in the research intensity ranking). All departments in the Faculty pursue world-leading research and interdisciplinary research is further supported through several research centres and institutes.

(15 Dec 2015)

Premiere of Dr Eric Egan's 'In One 2'

12 December 2015, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

'In One 2' will be premièred by German recorder player Caroline Hausen in Oslo. The piece, which is framed around one extended and developed breath in and out through the instrument, was commissioned by the performer with funds from the Arts Council Norway.

It is the second of a series of 'In One' pieces, the first of which was premièred by Diego Castro Magas (guitar) at DurhamKLANG15, in June 2015.

(12 Dec 2015)

Applications invited for new taught MA Music programme 2016-17

The MA Music's flexible modular structure allows students to focus on a chosen area of specialism but simultaneously facilitates exploration of a wide range of research areas relating to music.

It will provide an excellent foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at doctoral level, but will also benefit the professional development of musicians intending to pursue careers in teaching, arts administration, broadcasting, and other domains.

Applicants will join a vibrant international postgraduate community and study with scholars, composers, and performers who have achieved international recognition in their fields.

The Music Department has been ranked in the top three music departments nationally in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and the Complete University Guide 2016.

The MA Music programme will facilitate study of the following areas of specialism in 2016-2017:

Composition (acoustic and electro-acoustic)
British Music
Indian Music
Music, Mind, and Culture
World Music Analysis
Audiovisual Documentation and Analysis
Choral conducting (with special focus on Anglican church music)

Full details about the course and comprehensive guidance for prospective applicants can be found here:

The Music Department is holding an open day for prospective applicants on Monday 14 December 2015. If you are interested in attending, please email Ms Faye Smith,, who can help to set up individual appointments with members of staff with relevant specialisms.

The Music Department can offer small bursaries to assist with travel costs, which will be available on a first come, first served basis.

(10 Dec 2015)

Dr Nick Collins creates software for computer generated musical set for London premiere

Dr Nick Collins has created a new software program, Android Lloyd Webber, to automatically generate musical theatre song material for an upcoming stage musical. It's part of a Sky Arts TV series titled ‘Computer Says Show’ (to be broadcast in spring 2016), from independent TV company Wingspan Productions.

'Beyond the Fence' will play at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End from 22 February to 5 March 2016. Beyond the Fence is conceived by computer and substantially crafted by computer. It is modelled on a statistical study of the ‘recipe for success’ in hit musicals, involving multiple academic teams.

With thanks to Dr Simone Tarsitani and Mr James Tate for assistance in the formation of a database of musical theatre hits on which Android Lloyd Webber is trained.

The show has been featured by The Guardian newspaper, and its trailer is available here.

(8 Dec 2015)

New publication by Dr Hector Sequera on Tomás Luis de Victoria’s music

The volume 'New Perspectives on Early Music in Spain’ edited by Tess Knighton and Emilio Ros-Fábregas is fresh off the press.

It includes a contribution by Dr Sequera entitled "Alternatives to the ‘English a Cappella Heresy’: Performance Practice of Sacred Spanish Polyphony in Recusant Households Based on Elizabethan and Early Jacobean Sources.”

The volume is published by Edition Reichenberger.

Full information is available here.

(30 Nov 2015)

Latest recording projects involving Professor Jeremy Dibble

Professor Jeremy Dibble has acted as musical editor and advisor to a new recording of Charles Villiers Stanford's 'Stabat Mater', 'Song to the Soul' and 'The Resurrection' with the London Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Hill for the Naxos label.

He is also acting as advisor and editor for a new recording on the SOMM label of Stanford's String Quartets Nos. 5 and 8 with the Dante Quartet.

For more information can be found here.

(28 Nov 2015)

Durham Music Department ranked 3rd in the Times Subject Rankings

We are delighted to report that the Music Department has been ranked 3rd among the UK’s 77 music departments in the Times Good University Guide Subject Rankings 2016.

This success follows rankings among the top three music departments in both the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, and the Complete University Guide 2016.

(26 Nov 2015)

Department offers Portfolio Careers in Music advice session

Alongside single music-related jobs, self-employed portfolio careers in music (in music teaching, performance, composition, publishing, journalism, administration, and broadcasting) have become increasingly common.

The Music Department offers advice to those seeking success as a portfolio professional. The session features special contributions from Clare Crinson (portfolio teacher and performer), Chris Davison (careers advisor) and Vince Robson (enterprise expert).

Friday 27 November 2015, 3.15 - 5.15pm, Concert Room

(25 Nov 2015)

MUSICON Concert Series returns with 2015/2016 programme

MUSICON is Durham University's concert series for professional musicians.

After its most successful season to date in 2014/2015, the series returns with a packed programme of events throughout the coming year. Celebrated musicians from around the world descend on Durham bringing with them the best in early and world music, alongside unmissable performances of classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire.

The season begins with a mini festival marrying grand literature and new music. Quintessential twentieth-century composers are joined by actors and speakers from the North East over three evenings of concerts, 6-8 November.

For details of these events and the full 2015/2016 programme visit the MUSICON Concert Series 2015/2016 page.

(4 Nov 2015)

'Research Forum' seminar series begins

The Research Forum is a seminar series bringing the latest research from across the discipline to the Music Department.

This year the programme features an outstanding range of events covering key topics in musicology, analysis, composition, education, performance and ethnomusicology. Seminars are delivered by prominent figures from across the country and beyond, and also feature opportunities to engage with research involving staff in Durham.

The series begins with a discussion of new work from the department's own Professor Jeremy Dibble. Professor Dibble leads a seminar entitled 'Delius's Opera A Village Romeo and Juliet: A Problem of Genre' on Tuesday 3 November at 2pm.

For more information about this seminar and all of the details of this year's programme please visit the Research Seminars 2015/2016 page.

(30 Oct 2015)

Performance of Dr Eric Egan's 'Through the Embers'

1 November 2015, Ingensteds, Oslo, Norway

The première of the string quartet version of 'Through the Embers' with the London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists in Oslo. The concert is produced jointly by the organisations nu:nord and nyMusikk.

'Through the Embers' was originally commissioned by MUSICON and the Ives Ensemble with the support of the Arts Council Norway. It was first performed in Durham and London in December 2013 and has since been programmed at various events including the Darmstadt Ferienkurse in August 2014.

(29 Oct 2015)

Success for two final-year students at The Undergraduate Awards

Benjamin Williams and Bethan Winter have been Highly Commended at The Undergraduate Awards for the quality of their coursework.

The Undergraduate Awards is “the world’s largest academic awards programme,” with thousands of entrants from universities throughout world. Benjamin and Bethan are among fifteen students from across Durham University departments to receive awards.

More information about their achievement can be found at

(21 Oct 2015)

Professor Jeremy Dibble involved in new recording projects

Professor Jeremy Dibble has been advisor and editor to the following recently-released recording of Sir Hubert Parry's choral works:
Professor Dibble has also been advisor and/or editor to the following recording projects:
1) Recording of English partsongs by John Ireland and E. J. Moeran for Naxos with the Carice Singers (release March 2016) (several members of this choir were or are Durham students)
2) Recording of Vol. 1 of the Complete English Lyrics of Hubert Parry for SOMM (release November 2015) with Susan Gritton, James Gilchrist and Roderick Williams
3) Recording of English Nineteenth-Century Madrigals with Lumina and Rupert Gough for Hyperion (release 2016)
4) Recording of Vol. 3 of the Complete Organ Worjks by Charles Villiers Stanford (Priory) with Daniel Cook (Assistant Organist, Westminster Abbey) (release 2016)

(16 Oct 2015)

Performances of Dr Trevor Wishart's 'Supernova' in Mexico and Argentina

Music Department Composer in Residence Trevor Wishart's eight-channel electro-acoustic work 'The Secret Resonance of Things' explores the musical potential of scientific data.

The work's first movement is to be performed in two Latin-American locations as part of the MUSLAB 2015 International Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music.

Following a performance at the Concierto Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico in Coyoacan, Mexico City on 23 October 2015 at 8pm, it will also be played at the Laboratorio de Investigacion y Produccion Musical in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 5 November.


(8 Oct 2015)

New book by Professor David Greer

A new book by David Greer (Professor Emeritus) has just been published: Manuscript Inscriptions in Early English Printed Music (Ashgate).

It is a study of the ways in which early owners used and kept their music, through an examination of the marginalia and other markings that they put into their copies.

For more information go to

(2 Oct 2015)

Professor Julian Horton to join the Council of the Royal Musical Association

Professor Horton, Head of the Music Department, is one of three successful candidates elected to the Council of the Royal Musical Association, following the RMA’s plenary conference at the University of Birmingham, 9-11 September 2015.

He will take up the position from January 2016.

(24 Sep 2015)

Dr Trevor Wishart leads workshops and performances in Newfoundland

Dr Trevor Wishart, Music Department Composer in Residence, ran a workshop/seminar on working with the voice at Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland on 4 September 2015.

Dr Wishart also led a performance of 'Vocalise' and new pieces for improvising vocal ensemble with the St Johns Vocal Exploration Choir at the Cape St Mary's Performance Series and at the Rocket Room, St John's

(19 Sep 2015)

International conference on 'Musical Legacies of State Socialism' invites Dr Patrick Zuk

Dr Patrick Zuk has been invited to present at the forthcoming international conference 'Musical Legacies of State Socialism: Revisiting narratives about post-World War II Europe', which is being hosted in Belgrade by the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts on 24-26 September 2015.

His presentation is entitled 'In search of Socialist Realism: Some reflections of the current state of scholarship on Soviet music', and reflects on the potential implications of recent research on Soviet literary and visual culture for our understanding of musical life of the Stalinist and post-Stalinist periods.

(18 Sep 2015)

Performance of Dr Eric Egan's 'Hidden Name'

Eirik Fosstveit premiered the solo piano version of Dr Eric Egan's 'Hidden Name' at Oslo Central Station on 11 September 2015, as part of Oslo Culture Night and the Ultima Festival.

The performance was linked to the 'Parked Piano' series of events in Oslo. 'Hidden Name' was written for Trondheim Sinfonietta in 2013, commissioned by the Ingerid Fegersten Foundation.

(17 Sep 2015)

PhD Composition Student, Marc Estibeiro, Wins Composition Prize

The Department is delighted to announce that Marc Estibeiro, part-time PhD by composition student, has won first prize in the William Mathias Composition Prize at the Bangor Music Festival at Bangor University on Sunday. The prize includes a £1000 commission for next year's festival. 

(10 Mar 2015)

Durham ranked in top three departments in REF 2014

(19 Dec 2014) » More about Durham ranked in top three departments in REF 2014

Richard RIJNVOS' orchestration of 'Rudepoêma' receives Brazil première

On 4, 5 and 6 December 2014 the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP) will give the Brazil première of Richard RIJNVOS' orchestral arrangement of Rudepoêma (1926), the legendary solo piano work by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Commissioned by Dutch Radio (ZaterdagMatinee), Rijnvos' orchestration was originally premièred by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 under James Gaffigan. The orchestral arrangement underwent a revision and the final version will now be performed in the native country of Heitor Villa-Lobos, in the Sala São Paulo, with Durham University's Head of Performance John Snijders on piano. Considered to be the foremost symphony orchestra of Brazil, the OSESP will be conducted by Wagner Polistchuk.

(27 Nov 2014)