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This Musicon season will be quite different from what we’re used to. Given the current circumstances, we will not be holding concerts with a live audience for the time being. Instead, we have planned a series of thrilling online events, which will be streamed directly to your home. We are fully committed to returning to live events as soon as this can be done responsibly, but until then our online events will allow you a unique opportunity to hear some fantastic pieces, both old and new, and to ask questions as you go.

Our musicians will answer any questions posted in the YouTube chat during the concert, in a dedicated Zoom call once the event is over. You will also be able to pose written questions during this discussion, which will be put to the performers. We hope you are able to make the most of this wonderful opportunity to engage with our musicians and programmes, in this new, interactive, and cutting-edge format.

As we do not know exactly when we will be able to bring an audience back into our venues, we will be releasing our concert calendar one term at a time, so please do keep updated by checking in with us on this site, as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts, to see what we have on offer later in the year.


Next concert:
The Frankland Quartet
Premiered on YouTube on Thursday 1 April at 7.30 PM

The Frankland Quartet presented an hour of riveting works for string quartet, recorded in the heart of Durham - the Concert Room of Durham University's Music Department.

Tippett, Michael: String Quartet No. 2 (1942)
Medekšaitė, Egidija: Megh Malhar (2016)
Ravel, Maurice: String Quartet in F major (1903)

The Frankland String Quartet was formed in 2017 by four of the North East’s leading chamber musicians. Landing in the North East from all parts of the UK their experience is vast and wide ranging. The quartet came together through a shared love of chamber music and a desire to look deeply and wholeheartedly into both old and new music alike.
In 2017 their Beethoven concerts were widely acclaimed and they performed Haydn and Beethoven on BBC Radio 3 as part of the ‘free thinking’ festival in 2018. In the 2018/19 season the Franklands performed at Sage Gateshead and played Howard Skempton as part of the COMA festival trail of contemporary works around Ouseburn. Throughout this year the quartet have remained busy, recording the Ravel string quartet in July and giving online recitals, as well as involving themselves in their position as ‘Quartet in Residence’ at Durham University as much has as been possible.

The Frankland Quartet