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Dr James Weeks nominated for British Composer Award

James Weeks’ work Libro di fiammelle e ombre (‘A book of little flames and shadows’) has been shortlisted for the 2018 British Composer Awards in the Chamber Music category. 

(1 Nov 2018) » More about Dr James Weeks nominated for 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.

(29 Oct 2018) » More about Suppressing Musical Chills, Goosebumps and Shivers 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: Sravinsky/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: Sravinsky/Rijnvos


Dr Kelly Jakubowski begins music and memories fellowship

The Leverhulme Trust has awarded Dr Jakubowski an Early Career Fellowship to investigate music-evoked autobiographical memories (MEAMs).

(18 Sep 2018) » More about Dr Kelly Jakubowski begins music and memories fellowship


Funding award for writing skills in music project

Katherine Hambridge, Erin Johnson-Williams and Clare Carr (from the Centre for Academic Development) have been awarded an ‘Enhancing the Student Learning Experience’ grant for a project on writing skills in music.

(30 Aug 2018) » More about Funding award for writing skills in music project


Durham Lecturer co-edits 19th-century melodrama volume

Dr Katherine Hambridge has co-edited an innovative volume on melodrama with Newcastle University colleague Dr Jonathan Hicks.

(26 Jul 2018) » More about Durham Lecturer co-edits 19th-century melodrama volume


John Snijders in podcast with composer Laurence Crane

In a podcast recently released by Nimbus Records, the Music Department’s Head of Performance John Snijders and composer Laurence Crane discuss a recent collaboration on a CD of the latter’s 6 Trios, 2 solos and 1 Quintet.

Listen to the podcast here.

(4 Jul 2018) » More about John Snijders in podcast with composer Laurence Crane


Department PG student Kelvin Lee wins music analysis prize

Kelvin Lee has been awarded Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Prize by The Society for Music Analysis (SMA).

(2 Jul 2018) » More about Department PG student Kelvin Lee wins music analysis prize


Durham professors co-edit British Musical Criticism volume

Music Department Professors Jeremy Dibble and Julian Horton have joined forces to edit British Musical Criticism and Intellectual Thought, 1850-1950, a volume recently published by Boydell and Brewer.

(27 Jun 2018) » More about Durham professors co-edit British Musical Criticism volume


Indian music research showcased at London events

Research on Indian music led by Prof Martin Clayton and Dr Laura Leante is to feature at two London exhibitions in June and July.

(19 Jun 2018) » More about Indian music research showcased at London events


John Snijders performs new composition in art installation

Pianist, artistic director of the Ives Ensemble, and Durham’s Head of Performance, John Snijders will perform in the premiere of Faun, a performative installation by artist Jane Bustin.

(14 Jun 2018) » More about John Snijders performs new composition in art installation


Dr James Weeks releases CD of Michael Finnissy

Dr James Weeks and his vocal ensemble EXAUDI have released a disc of music by leading British composer Michael Finnissy.

(5 Jun 2018) » More about Dr James Weeks releases CD of Michael Finnissy


Department adds Guardian top spot to league table successes

The Guardian University Guide 2019 has ranked Durham first of the 81 institutions in the Music subject rankings.

(30 May 2018) » More about Department adds Guardian top spot to league table successes


Premiere of Eric Egan’s “in Motion” in Norway

The premiere of Dr Eric Egan’s “in Motion” took place at the Avant Garden theatre in Trondheim on 25 May 2018. The performance was part of a production focused on music and movement, entitled “Moving Places”, and came alongside new works by Lasse Passage Nøsted, Kristin Bolstad, Tine Surel Lange and Ansgar Beste.

(29 May 2018) » More about Premiere of Eric Egan’s “in Motion” in Norway