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Music graduate Will Dryland wins Benslow Music Young Composers Competition

The second Benslow Music Young Composers Competition, in partnership with the London Klezmer Quartet, has been won by our graduate Will Dryland.

The winning piece ‘Whistler Medley’ will be premiered in a concert to be given by the London Klezmer Quartet on Saturday 31 October 2020 at Benslow Music in Hitchin.

Congratulations Will!

Read all the details at https://benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=2157

(17 Jul 2020)


Zoom in on Masters online events by Fondazione Cini

Dr Simone Tarsitani collaborated to Zoom in on Masters, a new online initiative of the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Musical Studies (IISMC) at Fondazione Cini, producing three online conversations with masters of important musical and dance traditions, accompanied by online performances, which have all been published on Fondazione Cini's YouTube Channel. 

Find out more and watch the videos: https://www.cini.it/en/events/zoom-in-on-masters-iismc-online-conversations

(17 Jul 2020)


Music Department #1 in the UK again!

We are thrilled to announce that Music subject at Durham University continues to be ranked 1st in the UK. Thanks to staff & students for all the incredible work!

Top UK University Subject Tables and Rankings 2021 - Complete University Guide.

(10 Jun 2020)


Dr Kelly Jakubowski's music and memory research featured in DU podcast

Dr Kelly Jakubowski's research on music and autobiographical memory was featured this week in the Possible Podcast series. This is a new podcast that aims to bring creative thinking to arts & humanities research, and is produced by Paul Drury-Bradey and Ideosound through Durham University's Arts & Humanities Entrepreneur in Residence programme.

(22 May 2020) » More about Dr Kelly Jakubowski's music and memory research featured in DU podcast


Dr Katherine Hambridge in two short films for Royal Northern Sinfonia

Dr Katherine Hambridge has been working with the Royal Northern Sinfonia to introduce their repertoire to audiences in the North East. The Royal Northern Sinfonia, based at the Sage in Gateshead, has developed a new platform for learning about the chamber orchestra and its music: visit RNS Inside Story to take a look.

(20 May 2020) » More about Dr Katherine Hambridge in two short films for Royal Northern Sinfonia


Dr Erin Johnson-Williams joins the department as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

(10 May 2020) » More about Dr Erin Johnson-Williams joins the department as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow


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.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Rave reviews for new Gesualdo disc (James Weeks - EXAUDI)


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.

(9 Oct 2019) » More about The Philosophy of Rhythm - forthcoming OUP publication


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. 

(20 Sep 2019) » More about World première ' Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier ' by Richard RIJNVOS


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