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World première "Amérique du Sud" by Richard RIJNVOS

On 9 April 2022 the NTR ZaterdagMatinee will present the world première of Richard Rijnvos' "Amérique du Sud".

Sutton Trust Summer School Programme

We are pleased to announce that the Music Department is involved in the Sutton Trust summer schools scheme, which is designed to give bright students from under-represented backgrounds an experience of studying at a leading university.
The Sutton Trust Logo

Professor Peter Manning

It is with great sadness that the Music Department shares the news of the death of Emeritus Professor Peter Manning.
Professor Peter Manning

Is taste in musical fundamentals learned or innate?

New research from Durham University’s Music & Science Lab suggests that while biology may determine which sounds we perceive as unpleasant, musical preference is culturally acquired.
Kalash dancers - courtesy of George Athanasopoulos

Music brings back positive lifetime memories: New research published

A new study by Dr Kelly Jakubowski and Professor Tuomas Eerola has shown that music evokes fewer, but more emotionally positive, autobiographical memories than other cues.
Music listening

Rita Ueda Awarded the Azrieli Canadian Music Prize

Rita Ueda (PhD research student in composition) has been awarded the 2022 Azrieli Music Prize for Canadian Music with a portfolio that includes as the spring blossoms awaken through the snow for intercultural orchestra, supervised by Prof. Richard Rijnvos and Dr James Weeks.
Rita Ueda is awarded prize

World première "Afrique" by Richard RIJNVOS 

(Durham - 3 November 2021)  On 13 November 2021 Slagwerk Den Haag and the Residentie Orchestra will perform the world première of Richard Rijnvos' Afrique. 

World première "Riflesso sull’incontro" by Richard Rijnvos

On 6 November 2021 Ensemble Musikfabrik (Cologne) performed the world première of Richard Rijnvos' Riflesso sull’incontro.
Musicians performing

Music for Galway - Midwinter Festival featuring the music of Stanford and his pupils

A festival dedicated to the choral and chamber music of Charles Villiers Stanford, his contemporaries and his pupils will take place in Galway from 21-23 January 2022. The festival will also feature two lectures by Professor Jeremy Dibble.
Jeremy Dibble

Anthony Payne - A Fond Reminiscence

Anthony Edward Payne was an English composer, music critic and musicologist. He died at the age of 84 on 30 April 2021. Professor Jeremy Dibble (Department of Music) has shared his memories.
Anthony Payne and Jane Manning, husband and wife musicians celebrated at Durham University

World-class music marked by new Steinway partnership

At least 58 new Steinway & Sons pianos are be to be installed across our campus as we join the All-Steinway Initiative, with an intention to become an All-Steinway University in 2022. Joining the initiative makes a significant statement about our commitment to excellence in music, with the new pianos set to join our existing collection of nine Steinway instruments.
Steinway and Sons piano keyboard

Durham ranked first for Music in Complete University Guide, Times Good University Guide and Guardian League Table

Durham's Music Department has been ranked first in all three of the UK's major university league tables this year - the Complete University Guide, the Sunday Times Good University Guide and the Guardian League Table.
A blackboard with musical notes