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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!

Monday 3 April 2017

Canonical Forms: A mathematician's view of musical canons.

7:00pm to 8:00pm, Great Hall, Durham Castle.

This public lecture will be delivered by by Noam Elkies. Noam is a professor in the Harvard mathematics department (where he became a full professor at age 26), and a graduate of Julliard.

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Friday 7 April 2017

Red Butler set to rock Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Club!

7:30pm to 10:30pm, The Forum Music Centre

Once in a while a young band comes along that makes you stop, look and listen........”Red Butler is one such a band”

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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.

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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)

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Tuesday 2 May 2017

The Brodsky Quartet

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Department of Music, Palace Green

Musicon Concert Series 2017
The popular Brodsky Quartet return to Durham to perform a Programme that includes:
Johann Sebastian Bach's 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 8, op 59 no 2

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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.

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Saturday 17 June 2017

Durham Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 7

2:00pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Before we know it Summer will be upon us, and by popular demand, so will this festival...... Showcasing the quality of live music in the UK, we wanted to present a line-up that appeals to music lovers of all ages in and around the North East. We think we have achieved this and with Dr Feelgood headlining, a transatlantic flavouring, 11 different artists with six performing on an Amp Driven Main Stage and five on a more serene Acoustic Stage; this is one date for your diary!

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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.

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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.

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Monday 19 June 2017

Bishop Hatfield Evensong

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

Bishop Hatfield Evensong in Durham Cathedral.

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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