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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.


International Women’s Day

Time: Wednesday 8 March, 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


MUSICON is proud to present, as part of this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations, a double portrait featuring two of the most original composers working today, Joanna Bailie and Cassandra Miller performed by the Netherlands-based Ives Ensemble. 

Bailie, born in the UK but living in Berlin, is fascinated by everyday sounds that she hears everywhere around her, conversations in the street, traffic noise, fun fairs. She transforms them in the studio and uses them as material that is combined with instrumental parts, where all sounds gain a totally new kind of relationship. Miller, who moved from her native Canada to London, also uses pre-existing material, although mostly originating in different kinds of music. She can use a song by Leonard Cohen, the songs of different thrushes, the peel of church bells which she incorporates in such a way that even though the original source is mostly still recognisable, they form an integral part of her own, uniquely personal musical universe. 

Please click here and here for a taster video.

Image showing an ensemble holding their instruments