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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!

Saturday 28 January 2017

Defiant Requiem - Verdi at Terezin

7:30pm, Durham Cathedral

This is the UK Premiere of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín which tells the story of courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who learned Verdi’s Requiem Mass and then performed this compelling work 16 times as a statement of defiance and resistance, answering the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.

Contact v.a.wooff@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 31 January 2017

The Ascent of Song: the first million years

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Concert Room, Department of Music, Palace Green
Musicon Concert Series
The Clerks (vocal sextet) performs a programme including medieval chants, songs and carols, Renaissance polyphony, madrigals and a new work by Christopher Fox.

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


Friday 3 February 2017

Dunelm Consort and Players: Coronation Anthems

8:00pm to 9:30pm, Durham Castle Great Hall

Join the Dunelm Consort and Players for their second concert of the year, exploring music written for British coronations.

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


Saturday 4 February 2017

North East Festival of Youth Choirs

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

The North East Festival of Youth Choirs concludes the first ever week long Vocal festival in Durham (28th Jan – 4th February), events are currently being confirmed but will include:
•UK Premiere of Defiant requiem: Verdi at Terezin http://www.defiantrequiem.org/
•Come and Sing Mass in Blue Will Todd
•North East Festival of Youth Choirs
•North East Key Stage 2 Choir of Year
•National Youth Choirs fellowship singers – Education Workshops and Performance.

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


TriUni: Massed Bands Concert

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

A collaborative concert with the brass bands of Durham, Leeds and Warwick Universities plus massed bands to finish.

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


Sunday 5 February 2017

Classical Guitar Recital

2:15pm to 4:00pm, SCR Concourse, Grey College

David Clappison will give a Classical Guitar Recital. The programme includes ‘Prelude, Fugue & Allegro’ BWV 998 by J.S.Bach; Sor’s ‘Theme and Variations from The Magic Flute’; ‘Danza Espanola no.10’ & ‘La maja de Goya’ by Granados; and ‘El Decameron Negro’ by Brouwer.

All are welcome at this free event - no need to book

Contact secretary@greyscr.co.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 17 February 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, Millenium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 February
Join Durham Opera Ensemble (DOE), accompanied by musicians from Durham University Orchestral Society (DUOS) as they present their annual opera, Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, in the Gala theatre. This is a brilliant adaptation of the Shakespearean comic classic. Britten’s beguiling composition is the perfect accompaniment to the tumultuous text.

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


Friday 24 February 2017

MUSICON Focus: SCALE 1

7:30pm to 10:00pm

Ives Ensemble
Lore Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano)
Oliver Christophe Leith – new work (commissioned by MUSICON)
Bernd Alois Zimmermann – Vier kurze Studien
Igor Stravinsky – Trois pièces pour quatuor à cordes
Morton Feldman – Three Voices

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


Saturday 25 February 2017

Chamber Choir in the Chapter House

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Cathedral Chapter House

Join the University Chamber Choir for their annual concert in the Chapter House conducted by George Cook.

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


SCALE 2

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

Ives Ensemble
Forum Neue Vokalmusik
Anton Webern – Sechs Bagatellen, opus 9
Helmut Lachenmann – Toccatina
György Kurtág – Hommage à Mihaly Andras: 12 Microludien
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Stimmung

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


Sunday 26 February 2017

SCALE 3

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

Ives Ensemble
Anton Webern – Drei kleine Stücke, opus 11
Arnold Schönberg – Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, opus 19
Charles Ives – A Set of Three Short Pieces
Morton Feldman – Piano and String Quartet

Contact contact@musicdurham.org 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.


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.


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 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