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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


KLANG new music festival featured in local media

KLANG is the North East's only contemporary art music festival. This year's series is taking over the Music Department from 7-9 June; it began with Wednesday’s E7B SoundLab concert ‘Strong Currents’.

Music in Durham’s reviewer praised the concert for stimulating a “raw, elemental way to listen to music, and one that I don’t experience often enough.”

Durham's online magazine, The Bubble, has also run a preview of the festival, which continues with a concert from the student ensemble, NAME, on Thursday lunchtime.

(3 Jun 2017) » More about KLANG new music festival featured in local media


Prof Julian Horton publishes first English-language analytical monograph on Brahms' Second Piano Concerto

Julian Horton's new book Brahms' Second Piano Concerto, Op. 83: Analytical and Contextual Studies, Analysis in Context IV (Leuven: Peeters, 2017) was published last week.

Nine years in the making, it constitutes the first analytical monograph on Brahms' Op. 83 in the English language.

The book contextualises analysis of the work in relation to Brahms' concept of the concerto, the development of the genre from Mozart to Schoenberg, problems in the theory of post-classical form, and interpretative questions of meaning and social function.

(12 May 2017) » More about Prof Julian Horton publishes first English-language analytical monograph on Brahms' Second Piano Concerto


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


Latest performances of pieces by Dr Eric Egan in Oslo, Dublin and Basel

May and June see several performances of Dr Egan's music across Europe.

On 1 May there was a recital of "Eyes so Dimmed" for solo flute at Biermandsgarden in Oslo.

The first complete performance of "Fragments | of Shapes | Hewn | in White | Silence" takes place on 5 May at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, with the Crash Ensemble.

Basel is the location for the premiere of "pick the gun up," on 22 June. The piece was commissioned by the TAL trio.

(4 May 2017) » More about Latest performances of pieces by Dr Eric Egan in Oslo, Dublin and Basel


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


Interpersonal entrainment project publishes first paper

Jakubowski, K., Eerola, T., Alborno, P., Volpe, G., Camurri, A., & Clayton, M. (2017). Extracting coarse body movements from video in music performance: A comparison of automated computer vision techniques with motion capture data. Frontiers in Digital Humanities, 4, 9.

Published in the journal Frontiers in Digital Humanities, the article contributes to the continuing development of tools to extract movement data from video recordings. In researching interpersonal interaction and coordination between musicians in the field, it is often not feasible to use complex motion capture systems. Hence, the measuring and tracking of body movements using video recordings can be of significant value.

(12 Apr 2017) » More about Interpersonal entrainment project publishes first paper


Call for Papers: Journal special issue following ‘Geography, Music, Space’ conference

In January 2017, the departments of Music and Geography hosted the Geography, Music, Space one-day conference in association with the Institute of Musical Research. Following the successes of the event, the organisers are calling for abstract submissions for a collection of chapters to be published online (in collaboration with the journal Musicology Research).

To read the full call for papers and to submit an abstract, please visit Musicology Research.

(7 Apr 2017) » More about Call for Papers: Journal special issue following ‘Geography, Music, Space’ conference


PhD Candidate Douglas Bachorik conducts major performance in the Philippines

The performance of Handel’s Messiah involved musicians from Baptist churches all across the Philippines. It took place at the Meralco Theater, one of the major concert venues in Manila.

Douglas Bachorik is the director of music activities at Bob Jones Memorial Bible College (Quezon City, Philippines), where he founded the music department. He is currently researching music-induced emotion in choirs and in congregational singing under the supervision of Prof Bennett Zon and Professor John Barclay of the Department of Theology and Religion.

(4 Apr 2017)


New blog from Music & Science Lab: Now That’s What I Call Chills!

Of all the emotional experiences possible whilst listening to music, one that particularly stands out is ‘chills’ (sometimes called thrills, or frisson), which describes an emotional response coupled with one or all of shivers, gooseflesh or tingling sensations.

What are the most frequently named pieces of music that induce chills in listeners? A new blog post by PhD student Scott Bannister reveals this and other interesting first results on the topic.

Read the blog here.

(27 Mar 2017)


Durham representatives at International Musicological Society congress in Tokyo

Dr Fabio Morabito and Dr Patrick Zuk will both be participating in the society’s 20th Quinquennial Congress, to be held at Tokyo University of the Arts, 19-23 March 2017.

Dr Morabito will present recent work entitled ‘Replacing Haydn: Luigi Cherubini’s “Affair Esterházy,” 1810-1811’ as part of the panel on ‘Haydn and Beethoven: In and Out of Context’.

Dr Zuk will participate in an IMS study group session on ‘Shostakovich and His Epoch’, as well as chairing a roundtable with the topic ‘Constructing the “East-West” Divide in Russian/Soviet Musicology’.

The International Musicological Society seeks to ad­vance­ musicological research on the basis of international cooperation. This is its first congress to take place in Asia.

(18 Mar 2017) » More about Durham representatives at International Musicological Society congress in Tokyo


Prof David Greer wins award for significant contribution in music bibliography

The C.B. Oldman prize is an annual award for an outstanding work of music bibliography, music reference or music librarianship. It is awarded by The UK & Ireland Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. The organisation promotes music libraries and information throughout the territories.

The winning publication is Manuscript Inscriptions in Early English Printed Music, which was published by Ashgate in 2015. It examines the hand-written entries made in music books in the 16th and 17th centuries, highlighting the history of their ownership and revealing the various uses to which these books were put. 

David Greer is Emeritus Professor of Music, having taught in the department from 1986 to 2001.

(11 Mar 2017)


Dr Katherine Hambridge introduces music of Napoleon's reign at Bowes Museum

On 4 March 2017 Durham musicologist Dr Katherine Hambridge will be introducing visitors to the Bowes Museum to the music of Napoleon’s reign. Together with pianist Mark Austin and singers Oskar McCarthy and Héloïse Werner, Dr Hambridge will ask what the art-form meant for Napoleon and those living under his rule, exploring how music served to project—or undercut—the allure of the Napoleonic regime: from the elegance of the salons and the sumptuous spectacle of the opera, to the relentless, irreverent satire of the boulevard theatres and the enthusiasm and violence of popular song. The concert is at 3.30pm in the gallery. Admission is free with museum entrance.

(2 Mar 2017) » More about Dr Katherine Hambridge introduces music of Napoleon's reign at Bowes Museum


Dr Lara Pearson wins music education and psychology award

The Aubrey Hickman Award is offered biennially by SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research) to promote original work from new researchers in the field. It is given in recognition of a paper that offers a significant and previously unpublished contribution to the knowledge and understanding of music education and/or music psychology.

Lara Pearson's winning paper is entitled 'Gesture in Karnatak vocal lessons: Cross domain mapping and gestural indexing', and will be presented at the SEMPRE International Conference on Musical Cultures at the University of Hull, 3-5 April 2017.

Dr Pearson completed her doctorate on Karnatak (South Indian) music and gesture in 2016, with research examining musical structure and pedagogic process from an embodied perspective, looking in particular at physical gesture in the contexts of musical performance and learning.

(1 Mar 2017) » More about Dr Lara Pearson wins music education and psychology award


Geography, Music, Space - videos available online

Last month, Durham University hosted a one-day conference with the support of the Institute of Musical Research entitled ‘Geography, Music, Space’.



We are pleased to present a selection of videos from the event:
https://www.dur.ac.uk/music/research/seminars16-17/geog/



Please direct enquiries to Samuel Horlor at s.p.horlor@durham.ac.uk

(24 Feb 2017)


Pianists Mark Knoop and Philip Thomas to perform John Cage’s Two2 in special concert

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 7:00pm

Music Department, Palace Green

One of John Cage’s late extended works, Two2 was inspired by a statement by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina: “There is an inner clock.” Two2  is a piece of open duration. The concert is therefore of indeterminate length, and may last up to 2½ hours.

(23 Feb 2017) » More about Pianists Mark Knoop and Philip Thomas to perform John Cage’s Two2 in special concert


Weekend of contemporary music concerts in MUSICON series

This weekend is MUSICON's contemporary music focus event, and the performances are based on the concept of SCALE. The three evening concerts on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, and Sunday 26th February will contain a series of refreshingly short pieces, and three of the great, large-scale 20th century classics:

• On the Friday renowned mezzo Lore Lixenberg will perform Feldman's mesmerising "Three Voices" (in the Music Department).
• On the Saturday, Forum Neue Vokalmusik will be visiting from Germany to perform Stockhausen's rarely heard but oft cited masterpiece "Stimmung" (in the town Hall).
• On Sunday the Ives Ensemble will be treating us to another Feldman classic, "Piano and String Quartet" (in the Music Department).

(23 Feb 2017) » More about Weekend of contemporary music concerts in MUSICON series


Report: Church music conference organised by PhD student Enya Doyle

The Inaugural Conference on Church Music was held at the University of York over three days in mid-February. Speakers and delegates came from as far as the USA and Australia for the conference hosted jointly by the University of York and York Minster, which explored all aspects of the past, present and future of Church music. The York Conference On Church Music was the handiwork of Enya Doyle, a first year PhD student in the Music Department. She co-organised it with members of the Department of Music at the University of York and York Minster.

(20 Feb 2017) » More about Report: Church music conference organised by PhD student Enya Doyle


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


New study by Prof Tuomas Eerola shows link between empathy and being moved by music

People differ in their emotional responses to sad music, and new research shows that the way people respond can be predicted from personality traits. While many people report feeling relaxed and peaceful after listening to instrumental sad music, only highly empathic people report being deeply moved by such music.

Familiar sad music has been known to produce strong experiences of pleasure due to autobiographical memories associated with the music, but that this is the first time strong positive emotions are demonstrated in the context of sad unfamiliar music.

The research, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology, was funded by the Academy of Finland.

Open Access paper: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01176/ 

(16 Sep 2016)


Durham ranked in top three departments in REF 2014

(19 Dec 2014) » More about Durham ranked in top three departments in REF 2014