Azeem with DUOS

Five months on from Azeem Ward’s Senior Flute Recital, it is incredible how so many people are still captivated by his concerts all over the country. In May this year, whilst studying at the University of California, Azeem became an internet sensation through his recital’s Facebook event, attracting over 50, 000 people to watch the live stream. Having such a well-known and admired flautist performing in Durham’s contemporary music concert (featuring mainly 20th century but also some 21st century compositions) was an amazing way to promote and share new music to audiences who otherwise might have been oblivious to...

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Van Mildert College SCR Music Scholarships (Van Mildert College students only)

The College Senior Common Room is delighted to announce that it has established two Music Scholarships at Van Mildert College. The scholarships can be held by any student currently registered for undergraduate or postgraduate study at Van Mildert College. The purpose of these Scholarships is to encourage the development of the musical life of the College across all musical genres whilst also nurturing a student’s personal development. Scholarship holders will be expected to take leadership roles, develop key new and existing musical initiatives within the College and may be called upon to perform at College, SCR or wider University functions. Each scholarship will have a total value of £250. The scholarships will be paid as three termly instalments of £75 (term 1), £75 (term 2) and £100 (term 3). The scholarships will be held for one academic year only. However, in subsequent years, existing scholars can seek renewal of their scholarship through open competition with other candidates. Application/selection process Candidates must submit a letter of application to the SCR President, Prof. Stuart Wilson, and the Deputy Principal, Dr Victoria Brown (both care of the Development Officer – [email protected]), along with a CV. The letter of application should be no more than two sides of A4 (size 12 Aerial font). Candidates are encouraged to explain how they intend to contribute to the musical life of Van Mildert College throughout the...

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Durham Festival of the Arts – Preview

Festival of the Arts Preparations for the inaugural Festival of the Arts are drawing on apace – the Planning Committee has been working extremely hard to finalise flyers and programmes and confirming final details with the event organisers. Looking at our calendar, we have such a wide and varied programme. From photography, poetry and film, to dance, theatre and comedy, musical events and operatic performances, there’s so much on offer between 30th May and 15th June. It’s been great to see tickets for the Night at the Movies going so quickly – this event promises to be a real musical treat for Durham and a fantastic launch night for Music Durham, the DSO incarnation of DUMS, and the Festival of the Arts on 30th May. Music from films such as Swing Time, Frozen, The Lion King, The Great Escape, Harry Potter, Carousel, Mary Poppins and Les Misérables will be performed in the wonderful surrounding of the Cathedral. I’d recommend booking now to avoid disappointment! A particular highlight for me is the Intercollegiate Chapel Choirs Joint Evensong on 1st June at 5.15pm in the Cathedral, which will be the very first time that the chapel choirs of Grey, Hatfield, St Chad’s, St Hild and St Bede, St John’s, St Mary’s and University Colleges and St Cuthbert’s Society will join together to lead a service. There will be around 150 singers...

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Upcoming Events

Sun 23

Durham University Jazz Society Jazz Jams!

February 23 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sun 23

Dunelm Players Epiphany Concert

February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
Mon 24

Intercollegiate Music Showcase

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue 25

Durham Jazz Society Presents: A Roaring 20s Social

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed 26

Music Durham Lunchtime Concert

February 26 @ 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm