World première 'Amérique du Sud' by Richard RIJNVOS
On 21 March 2020 the NTR ZaterdagMatinee will present the world première of Richard Rijnvos' Amérique du Sud.
The orchestral work forms the sixth part of Grand Atlas, a cycle in which each of the seven world continents is depicted in an orchestral composition. The second and seventh part of the series were written for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra during Rijnvos' long-term RCO residency between 2011 and 2017.
As was the case with Asie, the third part of the cycle, Amérique du Sud was commissioned by NTR ZaterdagMatinee (Dutch Radio). It will be performed in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Hans Graf.
More information: https://www.richardrijnvos.com/compositions/no65-amerique_du_sud.html
(25 Feb 2020)
Athena SWAN Bronze Award application submitted
The Music Department is proud to announce the culmination of several years of work into improving the inclusivity, equality and diversity of our work place. We have submitted an application to Athena SWAN Bronze Award and we are already committed to various actions and policies that shape our Departmental culture to be fair, equal and inclusive. For more details, see https://www.dur.ac.uk/music/edi/
(23 Jan 2020)
Dr James Weeks wins Ivors Composer Award
Following his success in the British Composer Awards 2018, Dr James Weeks has again been successful in the re-named Ivors Academy Composer Awards 2019, winning in the Small Chamber Composition category with his string quartet Leafleoht (2018). The Ivors are the UK’s leading awards for composition.
(10 Dec 2019) » More about Dr James Weeks wins Ivors Composer Award
New CD 'Riflessi' by Rijnvos - Ives Ensemble
Recently the Ives Ensemble of Amsterdam presented a new CD album entitled "Riflessi". It features three compositions by Richard Rijnvos: "Riflesso sul tasto" from 2007, "Riflesso sull'arco", which was composed in 2016, and finally "Riflesso sullo spazio" from this year. The 'Riflessi' series consists exclusively of companion pieces. In other words: each 'Riflesso' explores the same exceptional scoring of a classic from the last century. The new CD is released on the label RTF Classical, and carries the catalogue number NI6383.
(12 Nov 2019) » More about New CD 'Riflessi' by Rijnvos - Ives Ensemble
Dr Weeks nominated for Ivors Composer Award
Following his success in the British Composer Awards 2018, Dr James Weeks has again been nominated in the now-renamed Ivors Composer Awards 2019, for his string quartet Leafleoht (2018).
(1 Nov 2019) » More about Dr Weeks nominated for Ivors Composer Award
Rave reviews for new Gesualdo disc (James Weeks - EXAUDI)
The latest recording by vocal ensemble EXAUDI, which is directed by Dr James Weeks, has been released on the German label Winter&Winter to universal critical acclaim. Departing from EXAUDI’s core contemporary and experimental repertoire, the new disc is a recital of 18 madrigals from the Fifth and Sixth Books of Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), presented in fresh new readings that privilege the music’s extreme expressive vision.
The Philosophy of Rhythm - forthcoming OUP publication
With original essays by philosophers, psychologists, musicians, literary theorists, and ethno-musicologists, The Philosophy of Rhythm opens up wider-and plural-perspectives, examining formal affinities between the historically interconnected fields of music, dance, and poetry, while addressing key concepts such as embodiment, movement, pulse, and performance.
World première ' Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier ' by Richard RIJNVOS
On 22 September 2019 the Ives Ensemble from Amsterdam will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ composition Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier.
The genesis of the new work goes back to 5 October 2012 when Dutch pianist John Snijders was making the necessary arrangements for a performance of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes.The laborious process of preparing the piano was captured on camera and made into a documentary film by the British artist Adam Barker-Mill. Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier functions as incidental music for this video.
Musicon Call for Scores
Musicon is Durham University’s professional concert series, now in its 50th year. For our anniversary season, we are asking UK-based composers to submit works to be considered for three of our concerts. Works can have have been performed previously but must have been written in the past ten years. Representatives from Musicon will, in collaboration with members of the ensemble concerned, choose one piece to be performed in each concert.
(12 Sep 2019) » More about Musicon Call for Scores
Assistant Professor in Music Analysis
Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor in Music from 1 September 2020. The successful candidate will have expertise in teaching in the field of music analysis and contribute towards the teaching of musicology in general.
(5 Sep 2019) » More about Assistant Professor in Music Analysis
What is a musicologist? Dr Hambridge visits primary school in Newcastle
Earlier this month Dr Katherine Hambridge visited St Vincent’s RC Primary School in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, to talk about her job as a musicologist. She enjoyed trying to explain what it is a university music historian does, with the role’s combination of teaching and research, and she also demonstrated to the children how studying the music of the past can reveal how people lived and what they believed and cared about. She showed them her latest book on nineteenth-century music theatre and the sorts of primary research materials she would use to explore this topic. The students, who ranged from 7-11 years old, were impressively attentive and asked some searching questions!
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