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Musicon

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 2021-22 season we are hoping to return to hosting in-person concerts, and 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.

We hope to see you in person soon!

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Lost in Plain Sight | Gaspar Cassadó’s Iberian Legacy

Time: Wednesday, 26 October 2022, 19.30

Venue: Music Department, Palace Green, Durham

Ticket Prices: £10 (adult), £5 (student), £1 (under-18)

Tickets available at 

About

Rachelle Hunt (violin)

Katie Tertell (cello)

Nami Ejiri (piano)

Prof. H. Rosi Song (speaker)

A recital on the work of Spanish Catalan cellist and composer Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966).

Regarded as one of the top cellists of the 20th century whose work continues to be played worldwide, his name and history remain mostly forgotten in Spain and abroad. An early advocate for the modern cello, he played an active role in trying to expand the repertoire for cellists, composing and collaborating with composers of his time like Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-75) who dedicated a concerto to him. Today, his name remains connected to that of his world-famous teacher, Paul Casals (1876-1973), and fraught by the complicated legacy of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Cassadó’s significance in cello performance and composition deserve a new look as his works reflect important musical trends in pre-war Europe regarding the concept of a regional or national sound. As part of a research project to recover his legacy while examining of what could be identified or understood as a “Spanish sound” in 20th century classical music, the recital presents a combination of lecture and performance, where the audience is invited to learn about the cellist composer and to draw connections between his compositions and the music of Debussy, Ravel and Granados.

Programme

Cassadó/Granados: Intermezzo from “Goyescas”

Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D-minor

Cassadó: Dance of the Green Devil

Cassadó: Serenade

Ravel: Piece En forma de Habanera

Cassadó: Piano Trio

Cassadó: Requiebros

Gaspar Cassado holding a cello

Four women pose with instruments

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Tredegar Band in Concert

Time: Sunday, 20 November 2022, 14.30

Venue: Elvet Methodist Church, Durham City

Ticket Prices: £10 (adult), £5 (student), £1 (under-18)

Tickets can be purchased on the door, or in advance from the Music Durham website.

About

Tredgear Band

Durham University Brass Band

Houghton Area Youth Band

In recent years, Tredegar Band from Blaenau Gwent in South Wales has established itself as one of the most exciting ensembles in the UK. Their unique collaboration with Ivor-Novello-award-winning composer Gavin Higgins has led to such scintillating projects as Dark Arteries (2016), premiered in Sadler’s Wells with Ballet Rambert and their recent collaboration with BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Concerto Grosso (2022), as part of the BBC Proms Season. Their Late-Night Prom in the Royal Albert Hall this month received a 5-star review from Fiona Maddocks in The Guardian, while their most recent recording celebrating the 150th anniversary of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams currently sits at number 5 in the UK official Classical Charts. Tredegar also featured in both the soundtrack and on screen in the multi-award-winning film Pride (2014). Theirs is a story steeped in tradition, coupled with a fierce commitment to innovation at stratospherically high standards.

Led by Ian Porthouse, the Director of Brass Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the band is well-known for its commitment to music education. This project will see not only Durham University musicians benefit from their musicianship, but also young people from across the Northeast, members of the Houghton Area Youth Band. Before the afternoon concert, Tredegar and Ian Porthouse will lead both bands in a masterclass on the music each band is preparing for their upcoming events. It is this level of inspirational experience that enriches the shared creative heritage of Durham and the South Wales Valleys.