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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


Music & Science symposium on cross-cultural perspectives

Durham University's Music & Science Lab is delighted to announce the next Music and Science Symposium, a one-day event held in the department on Saturday 2 December.

The day focuses on cross-cultural perspectives, and includes a lecture from Prof William F. Thompson, talks from Prof Marcel Zentner and Dr Hauke Egermann, and other expert contributions from the department. All are welcome to attend.

(29 Nov 2017) » More about Music & Science symposium on cross-cultural perspectives


David Greer

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.

(23 Nov 2017) » More about Special performance revives North-East popular traditions


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.

(3 Nov 2017) » More about Last chance: James Weeks' ensemble profiled on BBC R3


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.

(26 Oct 2017) » More about Premiere of Dr James Weeks' 'windfell' by Mira Benjamin


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.

(20 Oct 2017) » More about Columbus Symphony Orchestra performs Rijnvos orchestration


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.

(2 Oct 2017) » More about Welcoming new students to department ranked 1st by Sunday Times


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.

(29 Sep 2017) » More about John Snijders provides live piano for Russian Revolution silent film


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.

(25 Sep 2017) » More about Eminent scholar visiting department (Prof Bill Thompson, IAS Fellow)


Details released of department’s Research Forum guest lecture series 2017-18

The Research Forum is a regular series in which distinguished visitors give guest lectures on cutting-edge research from across the discipline.

The 2017-18 series, whose programme has just been released, brings a host of leading scholars to Durham to tackles important current topics in music analysis, historical musicology, musical cognition, performance practice, ludomusicology and popular music studies.

(21 Sep 2017) » More about Details released of department’s Research Forum guest lecture series 2017-18


Dr Patrick Zuk co-edits new volume appraising research on Russian music since 1917

Russian Music since 1917 is part of OUP’s Proceedings of the British Academy Series, and features a ground-breaking collection of essays examining the current state of research on Russian art music since the 1917 Revolution.

It provides a comprehensive critical overview of recent research emerging both from Russia itself and from elsewhere, and vividly illustrates the transformation of scholarship in the field since glasnost.

(13 Sep 2017) » More about Dr Patrick Zuk co-edits new volume appraising research on Russian music since 1917


Department achieves 94.44% satisfaction rate in National Student Survey

The Department is pleased to announce that in the recent National Student Survey (NSS), 94.44% of students were overall satisfied with the quality of the Music degree.

The NSS gathers opinions from final-year undergraduates about their experience of their course. It asks 27 questions relating to eight aspects of the learning experience, and is completed by students from institutions all over the country.

(16 Aug 2017)


Composition student wins two awards at international competition

Tristan Latchford has been awarded the prize for the Best Composition based on the Music of Antonín Dvořák at the International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition.

He also came away with Second Prize overall in the Junior Category (for composers aged 18-23).

(15 Aug 2017) » More about Composition student wins two awards at international competition


Durham research featured at major music psychology conference

The work of Durham researchers features prominently at the 25th anniversary conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), held on the theme ‘Expressive Interaction with Music’..

(3 Aug 2017) » More about Durham research featured at major music psychology conference


'Khyal: Music and Imagination' in Leicester

Khyal: Music and Imagination – Project exhibition at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester

Multimedia exhibition

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


Prof Julian Horton volume nominated for American Musicological Society prize

Schubert's Late Music: History, Theory, Style was edited by Prof Horton along with Lorraine Byrne Bodley, and was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

The collection addresses current issues in Schubert studies including compositional technique, the topical issue of 'late' style, tonal strategy and form in the composer's instrumental music, and musical readings of the 'postmodern' Schubert.

(12 Jul 2017) » More about Prof Julian Horton volume nominated for American Musicological Society prize


Competition success and new appointment for department students

First year undergraduate student, Stephanie Devlin is appointed Composer in Residence 2017 by Ulster Youth Choir, while Tristan Latchford makes progress in the International Anton Dvořák Composition Competition.

(19 Jun 2017) » More about Competition success and new appointment for department students


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.

(2 Nov 2016) » More about Khyal: Music and Imagination exhibition at Laing Gallery