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Columbus Symphony Orchestra performs Richard RIJNVOS’ orchestration of “Chants d’Espagne” by Isaac Albéniz

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 Richard RIJNVOS’ orchestration of “Chants d’Espagne” by Isaac Albéniz


Life and music of department alumna to be 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 Life and music of department alumna to be celebrated in remembrance concert


Welcoming new students to department recently ranked 1st in Sunday Times Good Uni Guide

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 recently ranked 1st in Sunday Times Good Uni Guide


John Snijders provides live piano for silent film marking Russian Revolution centenary

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 silent film marking Russian Revolution centenary


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


New vacancy: Assistant Professor in Music Psychology and Musicology

Based in one of the very best music departments in the UK, you will benefit from world-class research facilities and a wealth of methodological expertise to tap into. The department is internationally renowned for its research strengths in a host of areas including musicology and music psychology. You will make a major contribution to further research and teaching in both of those fields.

(15 Sep 2017) » More about New vacancy: Assistant Professor in Music Psychology and Musicology


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


Department Music & Science research featured in recent podcast and blog

Dr Kelly Jakubowski is interviewed about ‘earmworms’, the songs that get stuck in our heads. She joins researchers from Goldsmiths, who discuss how music can play a role in recovering from brain injury, and scholars from Anglia Ruskin, who analyse the emotional power of national anthems.

Listen to the podcast here.

(16 Jun 2017) » More about Department Music & Science research featured in recent podcast and blog


Dr Simone Tarsitani video showing at Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris

The video "Zikri and menzuma in eastern Ethiopia" is part of the exhibition “The Islamic Treasures of Africa: From Timbuktu to Zanzibar”, running from 14 April until 30 July 2017 at the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris.

The 5’20’’ video presents excerpts of two Ethiopian religious rituals documented during research funded by British Academy Small Research Grants 2011 Round.

Read details of the exhibition.

(8 May 2017) » More about Dr Simone Tarsitani video showing at Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris


Douglas Bachorik interviewed for BBC radio documentary on musical settings of sacred texts

The programme Our Father was broadcast on BBC Radio Cornwall on Good Friday. Naomi Kennedy explored sung versions of The Lord’s Prayer, and how music is set to sacred texts.

Douglas Bachorik, who is currently working towards a PhD under the supervision of Prof Bennett Zon, contextualised the deep levels of devotion inspired by sung versions of the prayer.

He outlined the complexities of the role of music in religious experience.

(1 May 2017) » More about Douglas Bachorik interviewed for BBC radio documentary on musical settings of sacred texts


Prof Michelle Meinhart speaks at WW1 music research network meeting

Prof Meinhart’s presentation outlined her ongoing research on music in the English country house during the First World War.

She joined scholars from around the country engaged in various approaches to researching the history of civilian and military music between 1914-1918.

The event was held on 28 April 2017 at the University of Kent Canterbury, and was supported by Gateways to the First World War, a centre for public engagement with the First World War centenary funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

(29 Apr 2017) » More about Prof Michelle Meinhart speaks at WW1 music research network meeting


Department ranked 1st in the UK in 2018 Complete University Guide

Moving up from 2nd place in 2017, the department came out top among the UK's 81 departments.

The Complete University Guide produces its rankings based on entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality, and graduate prospects.

The guide notes that alongside some of the highest entry standards in the country, "the result for Research Quality is also remarkable, insinuating how good a choice Durham would be for budding musicians."

It also highlights an outstanding employability score for Durham Music graduates, calling it "another indicator as to why Durham would be an excellent choice."

(26 Apr 2017) » More about Department ranked 1st in the UK in 2018 Complete University Guide


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