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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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The Frankland Quartet | Dvorak, Haydn, Meredith

Time: 7th June 2022, 19.30

Venue: Music Department, Palace Green, Durham

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

Frankland Quartet: 

Sophie Appleton, Sarah Roberts (violins)

James Slater (viola)

Daniel Hammersley (cello)

The critically acclaimed, North-East based Frankland Quartet return to Durham with a programme of riveting, engaging, and poetic music; from the perfectly sculpted evocative miniatures in Anna Meredith’s work, to the lyrical American-inspired masterpiece from Bohemian master Antonin Dvorak - ending with a timeless classic from the father of the string quartet.

Formed in 2017, the Frankland Quartet’s musical identity is embedded in the North East of England. Long-time colleagues in Royal Northern Sinfonia, the region’s professional chamber orchestra, all four of its members base their careers in the North East, and a deep commitment to the cultural life of the area lies at the heart of the Quartet’s work, inspired by its landscape, its history and communities. The Frankland Quartet’s music-making is dedicated to an equal marriage of past and present, and a desire to look beyond the standard repertoire, championing composers from outside the traditional canon, including female composers and underrepresented groups. They are also committed to the voices of the North East, and work regularly with the region’s leading composers. 

Programme

Anna Meredith - songs from the M8

Dvorak - American Quartet

Haydn - Opus 20 No. 4

Four people stand with their string instruments

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Lucy Goddard and Siwan Rhys | Plain Air

Time: 22nd June 2022, 19.00

Venue: Music Department, Palace Green, Durham

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

Widely regarded as one of the greatest works of nature writing in English, Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain distils decades of walking among the Cairngorm mountains into a profound phenomenological exploration of being, minutely attentive to every aspect of the landscape and its weathers and their effect on her senses. James Weeks’ new work Plain Air, for Lucy Goddard and Siwan Rhys, sets passages from Shepherd’s text, situating the singer within a vast sonic landscape of piano and electronic sound.

Lucy Goddard and Siwan Rhys first collaborated together on An American Songbook, a programme of avant-garde American song with new commissions by Laura Bowler and Chris Mayo.  The duo prepared and recorded the programme during two residencies at Snape Maltings, before touring it across the country, via Musicon at Durham.  Further performances together include Siren Song at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre, and Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson at Cambridge University.  Both musicians regularly perform at all the major UK venues and festivals, including the BBC Proms, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and Wigmore Hall, as well as touring extensively internationally.  Passionate exponents of new music, they are particularly interested in collaborating with composers and commissioning new works.  This world premiere by James Weeks, a case in point, is generously funded by the RVW Trust.

Programme

James Weeks: Plain Air (world premiere)

Lucy Goddard (mezzo)

Siwan Rhys (piano)

Lucy Goddard and Siwan Rhys