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App brings Alice in Wonderland to our Botanic Garden

Our Botanic Garden just got “curiouser and curiouser” with the introduction of an interactive family game based on classic children’s story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
A mobile phone camera view of a woman and child on the grass next to a giant ant sculpture with AR artwork superimposed on the picture

Ekmeles release recording of James Weeks’ Primo Libro

Dr James Weeks’ vocal ensemble work Primo Libro has been recorded by the New York-based Ekmeles and released on New Focus Recordings in February 2024.
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Durham Musicologists at The Glasshouse’s Big Bruckner Weekend

On Sunday 3rd March Dr Katherine Hambridge and Professor Julian Horton took part in a public discussion about the Austrian symphonist and church musician Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) with Classic FM’s John Suchet, in front of a packed audience at The Glasshouse, Gateshead.
Panel Discussion

International Women’s Day 2024

The Music Department, with partners across Durham University, is hosting an exciting series of events to mark International Women’s Day 2024. At the heart of our programme are two concerts celebrating women’s achievement in music.
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Julian Horton’s new book published by Cambridge University Press

Professor Julian Horton’s new book entitled “Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto” has been published by Cambridge University Press. Offering a concise introduction to one of the most important and influential piano concertos in the history of Western music, this handbook provides an example of the productive interaction of music history, music theory and music analysis.
Julian Horton

Dr Amanda Hsieh wins Kurt Weill Article Prize

Dr Amanda Hsieh, Assistant Professor of Musicology at Durham University, won the $2,000 Kurt Weill Article Prize for “Jewish Difference and Recovering ‘Commedia’: Erich W. Korngold’s Die tote Stadt in Post-First World War Austria,” published in Music and Letters in 2022.
Amanda Hsieh

2023 Rulan Chao Pian Publication Prize awarded to Durham Lecturer

Congratulations to Dr Samuel Horlor, Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, and Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the Department of Music who has been awarded the 2023 Rulan Chao Pian Publication Prize from the Association of Chinese Music Research.
Sam Horlor

siúil go ciúin - new piece available on YouTube

Dr. Eric Skytterholm Egan’s siúil go ciúin, a 50-minute cycle for prepared piano, was premiered in Norway in September and the recording is now available online.
Performance of 'siúil go ciúin'

The science of why you can remember song lyrics from years ago

Associate Professor Kelly Jakubowski from our Department of Music explores the link between memory and song lyrics.
woman singing

Research project receives major grant to explore how music shapes imagination

Durham Music Scholar, Dr Kelly Jakubowski, has been successful in her application for a prestigious grant from the Leverhulme Trust, enabling her to carry out a research project investigating the impact that music has on what we imagine.  
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Silver Prize in 2023 World Classical Music Awards

Durham University's Music Department is proud to announce that PhD student Betsy Hou has been awarded the Silver Prize in Romantic category in 2023 World Classical Music Awards.
Betsy Hou silver prize news

IWD at Durham University's Music Department

MA student Aliyah Ramatally talks about her experience of organising the Music Department's live streaming concert to celebrate International Women's Day 2023.
Celebrating Women in Music 2023 - Aliyah Ramatally