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Music

The Department of Music in Durham is one of the leading centres for the study of music in Britain, an established Centre for Excellence in Teaching with an international reputation.

As you might expect, the sheer wealth of musical talent in Durham means that there is a comprehensive, year-round musical programme, catering for every possible musical taste. From classical recitals, to Big Band swing, Brass bands to modern jazz, Durham University offers a fabulous range of performances for everyone to enjoy!

Sunday 26 February 2017

Musicon Concert Series

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Department of Music, Palace Green

Musicon Focus
either end of the SCALE 3
Ives Ensemble

Contact joyce.dent@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 3 March 2017

Classical Ensemble Spring Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Hild Bede Chapel

Join the Classical Ensemble for their second concert of the year.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 4 March 2017

Orchestral Society

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Elvet Methodist Church

Save the date for the Orchestral Society’s 2nd term concert featuring both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Friday 10 March 2017

Swing, Strings and Sir Tom

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre

Join Sir Thomas Allen for an evening of jazz and big band classics. This is a one-off opportunity to see the world-famous baritone ditch his operatic persona and delve into the world of Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra, accompanied by the award-winning Durham University Big Band and the string section of the Durham University Orchestral Society.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 11 March 2017

Choral Society in Durham Cathedral

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Save the date for Durham University Choral Society in Durham Cathedral, accompanied by the Palatinate Orchestra.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Sunday 12 March 2017

Holi Festival

12:00pm to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH

Welcome the spring season to Durham with our Holi festival!
The event includes timed outdoor powder throws, with a free environmentally and skin-kind powder sachet of brightly coloured Holi powder for each participant, and the opportunity to purchase additional bags.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 13 March 2017

Musicon Concert Series

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Town Hall, Market Place Durham

Festival of East Asian Music
Three concerts showcasing the stupendous musical talent opening windows onto the wonderful cultural heritage of China, Japan and Korea

Contact joyce.dent@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Dunelm Consort and Players: Bach St John Passion

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Castle Great Hall

A Lenten performance of J.S. Bach’s iconic St John Passion conducted by Jonny Allsopp.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Tuesday 14 March 2017

Musicon Concert Series

1:15pm to 2:15pm, Department of Music, Palace Green

Festival of East Asian Music
Concert 2
Two Faces of Nature
Kiku Day and Hibiki Ichikawa
This concert presents two highly contrasting and utterly captivating aspects of Japanese music

Contact joyce.dent@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Musicon Concert Series

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Town Hall, Market Place Durham

Festival of East Asian Music
Concert 3
A String Conversation
Lingling Yu and Gan Guo.
Lingling Yu is considered to be one of the greatest virtuosi on the Chinese pipa (lute). She is joined in this concert by Gan Guo, a master of the erhu (two-stringed fiddle).

Contact joyce.dent@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 8 April 2017

Durham Singers: the Night in the Garden

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Cuthbert's Chapel, Ushaw College

Allegri Miserere Mei and other choral music for Passiontide by Tallis, Palestrina, Victoria and Leighton. “The Night in the Garden” tells the tragic story of the final hours before Christ’s crucifixion with music by the great Renaissance Roman Catholic composers Tallis, Palestrina and Victoria, along with “What love is this of Thine” a spiritually intense meditation on God’s love by the British composer Kenneth Leighton.

Contact info@durham-singers.org for more information about this event.


Monday 1 May 2017

IAS 2: John Snijders and Morton Feldman

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Music Department

Morton Feldman (1926-1987) – Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1983) (90 minutes)

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Tuesday 2 May 2017

Brodsky Quartet

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Music Department

Johann Sebastian Bach – selection from: Die Kunst der Fuge (“The Art of Fugue”)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Fugue from: Four Pieces for String Quartet, op. 81
Alexander Borodin – String Quartet No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, op. 130

Daniel Rowland – violin
Ian Belton – violin
Paul Cassidy – viola
Jacqueline Thomas – cello

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 20 May 2017

Mozart Requiem and Solemn Vespers

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RL

Durham Choral Society, orchestra and soloists perform Mozart Requiem (KV626) and Solemn Vespers (KV339) in the stunning surroundings of Durham Cathedral.

Contact tickets@durhamchoralsociety.org.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 17 June 2017

Orchestral Society Cathedral Concert

7:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

The Orchestral Society’s annual Cathedral Concert featuring the Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alex Mackinder and the Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Reddel.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Sunday 18 June 2017

Classical Ensemble Summer Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Oswald's Church

Join the Classical Ensemble for their final concert of the year.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 19 June 2017

Bishop Hatfield Evensong

5:15pm to 6:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Bishop Hatfield Evensong in Durham Cathedral.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Experience Durham

Experience Durham is responsible for co-ordinating University sport, staff and student volunteering and outreach, and in partnership with Durham Students Union, student theatre and music