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As Durham University’s professional concert series, Musicon’s aim is to bring top-class musical performance from across the world to Durham, engaging, delighting and inspiring audiences from both the university and city of Durham and beyond. Rooted in the university’s world-leading Music Department, Musicon draws on the special expertise and enthusiasms of its staff to create programmes which are diverse, inclusive and at the cutting-edge of musical research and knowledge, ranging from Western classical, early and contemporary music to the musical traditions of India, the Far East and elsewhere: a unique cultural resource in the North East.

For our 2022-23 season we will be publishing our list of events here on our website and through Music Durham as soon as they are confirmed. For the time being we will only be offering a limited number of pre-booked tickets, sold through the Music Durham website. However, if you are unable to get a ticket, we will continue to offer excellent online concerts, through our YouTube channel. If you have not already dipped into these, we urge you to have a look at our wonderful past concerts, still available on the site.


Indian Spring Colours 

Time: Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 February 2023

Venue: Music Department, Durham University, Palace Green

Ticket Prices: £10 Standard / £5 Student / £1 under-18s 

Tickets available on the door or via Music Durham


As we look forward to Holi, the Indian spring festival of colours, join MUSICON and GemArts to mark the season with a weekend of performances at Durham University. The spring is celebrated in the Indian arts as a time of new life, playfulness and the appreciation of beauty, and Indian music and dance is perfectly adapted to capture these moods. Whatever the weather outside, immerse yourself in our celebration of the coming spring with superb exponents of these classical traditions. 

Ashraf Sharif Khan (sitar) with Shahbaz Hussain (tabla)

Ashraf Sharif Khan (sitar) with Shahbaz Hussain (tabla)
Time: Saturday 11 February, 7:00pm

Ashraf Sharif Khan sitar playing combines technical proficiency with perfect musical expression. The melodic beauty of his style, accentuated by his dynamic rhythmic development and brilliant technique, combine to create a unique musical experience. 

Shahbaz Hussain is regarded as the leading tabla virtuoso of his generation. He is extremely versatile and is highly sought after for his accompaniment skills by many of the great musicians of India and Pakistan. 

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Vijay Rajput (vocal)

Vijay Rajput (vocal) 
Time: Sunday 12 February, 11:00am  

Born in New Delhi, and now based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Vijay is disciple of the illustrious vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, and one of Britain's most talented Indian classical singers. A maestro of the 'khayal’ style from the north Indian tradition and an artist of international repute, Vijay will mesmerize audiences with beautiful morning ragas. 

Accompanied by Shahbaz Hussain on tabla and Kaviraj Singh on harmonium.  

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Payal Ramchandani (kuchipudi) & Elena Catalano (odissi)

Payal Ramchandani (kuchipudi) & Elena Catalano (odissi)  
Time: Sunday 12 February, 2:00pm 

Payal has 27 years of experience including training and performances on the global stage. She has evolved her own unique vocabulary, evident in her innovative choreography.   Payal's performance will be an inlet into a storytelling experience coloured with a spectrum of emotional narratives presented in the vocabulary of the South Indian classical dance style of Kuchipudi 

Dr Elena Catalano has established herself as one of the most impressive and influential Odissi dancers in the UK.  Following her PhD at Durham University researching Odissi Training, she lectures at Kingston University where she teaches Odissi, yoga and dance anthropology. Elena has distinguished herself as a dancer and a scholar for her understanding and fine embodiment of Odissi aesthetics. 

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