Short-term vacancy at the Music Department
The Department of Music seeks to appoint a suitably qualified candidate to a six month fixed-term Teaching Fellow in Historical Musicology, tenable from 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020.
(9 Apr 2019) » More about Short-term vacancy at the Music Department
World première 'Riflesso sullo spazio' by Richard RIJNVOS
On 11 April 2019 the Ives Ensemble from Amsterdam will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ composition Riflesso sullo spazio.
The work is part of a series of companion pieces, started in 2007 with Riflesso sul tasto, followed by Riflesso sull'acqua and Riflesso sull'arco. Each Riflesso explores the same exceptional scoring of a classic from the last century. Riflesso sullo spazio is a companion piece to Arnold Schoenberg's Suite (opus 29). It is scored for 3 clarinets, string trio and piano and lasts no less than 40 minutes.
Music Alumni leads his school to win Best Music Department of the Year
The Music Department is proud to celebrate the success of alumnus Matthew O’Keeffe (Durham 2005) who is now Head of Music at the Belvedere Academy. His music department has just won Best Music Department of the Year!
Music Department - International Women’s Day
This week the music department held two events to raise awareness of the ways that gender categories and inequality intersect with musical life, continuing the discussions we’re currently having in the department as part of the Athena Swan initiative.
(7 Mar 2019) » More about Music Department - International Women’s Day
World première “quattro quadri” by Richard Rijnvos
On 16 February 2019 Dutch organist Jan Hage will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ new work quattro quadri. The performance takes place in St Martin Cathedral, locally better known as Dom Church, in the city of Utrecht (the Netherlands). The large-scale organ work, which consists of four movements with a total length of 42 minutes, is part of la Serenissima, a series of compositions dedicated to the city of Venice and its lesser-known, often dark sides. The extramusical subject of the piece is the Black Death in relation to four paintings by the Venetian artist Paolo Veronese of the patron saint Sebastian.
New CD: ‘Amérique du Nord’ by Richard Rijnvos
Next week the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam will release a CD recording of Richard RIJNVOS's "Amérique du Nord". The work is the second part of “GRAND ATLAS”, a cycle in which each of the seven world continents is depicted in an orchestral composition.
(29 Jan 2019) » More about New CD: ‘Amérique du Nord’ by Richard Rijnvos
Dr James Weeks wins British Composer Award
James Weeks has won a British Composer Award for his work Libro di fiammelle e ombre at a ceremony at the British Museum in London on Tuesday 4 December. The work was the winning item in the Chamber category, where it was shortlisted alongside works by James Dillon and the late Oliver Knussen.
(1 Nov 2018) » More about Dr James Weeks wins British Composer Award
Philosophy of Improv: UG student reports on event
A two-day workshop exploring the philosophy of improvisation in music and other arts was held recently in Newcastle Arts Centre and the Literary and Philosophical Society.
The event invited improvising musicians, plus practitioners from visual art, architecture, garden design and dance, to explore an ‘aesthetics of imperfection’, an alternative way of considering the value of spontaneous process over final product. It was hosted by Professor of Philosophy at Durham, and associated Music Department member, Andy Hamilton.
(30 Oct 2018) » More about Philosophy of Improv: UG student reports on event
Suppressing Musical Chills, Goosebumps and Shivers in Listeners
Durham music researchers Mr. Scott Bannister and Professor Tuomas Eerola today saw published a novel experiment that successfully manipulated and suppressed experiences of musical chills, goosebumps and shivers down the spine in listeners.
Performance of Stanford’s ‘The Travelling Companion’
Friday, 30th November, Stanford’s last opera ‘The Travelling Companion’ will be given its first professional performances by new Sussex Opera in November and December. Professor Jeremy Dibble, who has been consulted about these performances, will give pre-performance talks about the work on Friday 30th November (before the performance in the Cadogan Hall) and on Sunday 1st December at the Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. The opera is going to be recorded by SOMM Recordings.
More info at: https://www.newsussexopera.org/
(24 Oct 2018)
World Premiere of Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix’
Saturday 27th October WORLD PREMIERE of Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix 1914-1918’ by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus + Soloists conducted by Adrian Partington.
Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix’ will be given its world premiere performance in Cardiff. Only one movement of the Mass, the ‘Gloria’ was ever performed in Stanford’s lifetime and that was with organ, chorus and soloists under Stanford direction in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge in 1920. For this performance the published vocal score by Boosey would have been used.
(24 Oct 2018) » More about World Premiere of Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix’
DURMS - First issue available
The Music & Science Lab group is pleased to announce the publication of our new journal, Durham Undergraduate Research in Music & Science (DURMS). The inaugural issue of DURMS features the excellent work of 15 of our undergraduate students, who have produced these articles using materials from their coursework for the Music and Science and Psychology of Music modules, or their final year dissertation projects.
(21 Oct 2018) » More about DURMS - First issue available
Spanish première: Rijnvos’ orchestration of Albéniz
On the 1st and 2nd of November 2018 the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias will perform Richard Rijnvos’ orchestration of Chants d’Espagne by Isaac Albéniz. It is the first time in Spain a professional symphony orchestra presents this orchestration from 2014 of the 5-movement piano suite, which the most important Spanish composer of his time wrote between 1891 and 1894.
(16 Oct 2018) » More about Spanish première: Rijnvos’ orchestration of Albéniz
New publication by Schott: Stravinsky/Rijnvos
International music publisher Schott Mainz recently issued a brand new publication:
Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, in a version for two pianos by Richard Rijnvos. Stravinsky's masterpiece has been part of the standard orchestral repertoire ever since its première by the New York Philharmonic in 1946.
(8 Oct 2018) » More about New publication by Schott: Stravinsky/Rijnvos