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MUSICON Man playing oriental flute

Our popular concert series MUSICON has returned with a diverse programme of music performances from across the world, celebrating over 50 years of this inspiring series.

MUSICON is an annual concert series featuring the best performers from our world-leading Music Department and visiting musicians from across the world.

Since it began in 1969, MUSICON has featured more than 500 events and music from the Middle Ages to the present.

What's happening this year?

The 2021/22 series began on 10 February with the EXAUDI vocal group taking the stage in Durham Cathedral. This was the very first performance of new work by local composer Michael Worboys, rooted in the rich tradition of Zen chanting. As part of the MUSICON series, the popular Festival of East Asian Music also returns from the 27 February to the 1 March, starting with the concert, "Always in the Moment - Korean Colours and Flavours", a duo performing on Korean fiddle and bamboo flute on 27 February in Durham Town Hall.

On 9th March, Durham alumnus and tenor David de Winter will be commemorating the 350th anniversary of German composer Heinrich Schütz's death with The Brook Street Band. The performance will bring to life the virtuosic Venetian music of the time that heavily influenced the German master's musical language.

The power of culture

We're proud of our contribution to the cultural scene in Durham and the North East, and to bring world-class musicians and artists to our city, which is one of eight areas longlisted to be UK City of Culture 2025. Durham University is Principal Partner on the City of Culture 2025 bid and is committed to bringing people and communities together through a belief in the power of culture.

How to get involved

Whether you're a dedicated music fan or just curious, we'd love to welcome you to MUSICON 2021/22. Tickets are priced at £10.00, with discounts available for students and under-18s. Follow the links below to find out more.

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