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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.  
Woman listening to music v2

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

New study sheds fresh light on how emotions are expressed in music

In a new study, Durham researchers have investigated how a vast number of musical cues can help shape different emotions in music.
A person sitting at a laptop displaying the Emote Control programme

Music Professor receives prestigious Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

Martin Clayton, Professor of Ethnomusicology, has been awarded the Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for his research project ‘People in time with music: how sound and movement structure human interactions’.
Veena Sahasrabuddhe (vocal) with Vishwanath Shirodkar (tabla) and Seema Shirodkar (harmonium) perform Rag Hamsadhwani in Pune, India

O Come All Ye Faithful - Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Christmas Carol

The well known Christmas carol 'O Come All Ye Faithful' is sung at festive services across the country but music expert Professor Bennett Zon claims that many people probably don’t realise that the popular song has distinctive political roots.
Sheet music with red jingle bells laid on top

The Controversy over Christmas Carols

Nothing conjures up nostalgic ideas of a wholesome family Christmas more than the idea of loved ones gathering around the piano to sing carols, or indeed voices raised in church in song on Christmas Day. However, Professor Jeremy Dibble, tells us why carols and carol singing haven’t always been seen in such a virtuous light.
Choir singing