Durham University New Art Music Ensemble (NAME) is dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. The ensemble has existed in various guises for many years, and is open to musicians of any instrument and standard.
NAME exists in three affiliations:
NAME Chamber (auditioned) – Perform seminal works of the twentieth century composed for cello, clarinet, flute, percussion, piano and violin.
NAME Choir (auditioned) – In the standard SATB format, NAME Choir sings everything from Messiaen to current student compositions, in venues such as the College of St Hild & St Bede Chapel and the Music Department Concert Room.
NAME Collective (un-auditioned) – Cage. Fox. Graphic scores. Improvisations. Reich. Rzewski. Student compositions. Everything the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have to offer for every instrument.
NAME perform termly concerts, with their year culminating in the annual summer DurhamKLANG festival. This is a four-day celebration of everything the three ensembles, as well as contemporary music groups from other universities, have to offer.
Members of NAME develop their musical skills under the guidance of lecturers from the Durham University Music Department, and benefit from a lively social forum comprised of so many eclectic musicians.