If you have a passion for music, would like to improve your musical skills or just want to try something different and meet new people in a friendly environment then we have something to offer you, regardless of your subject of study or musical ability! Music Durham is the organisation within Experience Durham that manages the music ensembles within the University and provides an active and coordinated musical environment to enhance your experience at Durham.

There are nineteen different music ensembles for you to be involved with, some of which require a short audition and some in which the only requirement is that you turn up with your instrument (see Ensembles). Music Durham is committed to giving the musicians at Durham a chance to show their talent by ensuring that each ensemble performs approximately three concerts a year. Music Durham also organises two annual Gala concert held in the magnificent Durham Cathedral and the Castle Great Hall after the exam period. As well as ensemble concerts, Music Durham offers various other solo performance opportunities such as the Freshers’ Concert, our very own Lunchtime Concert Series and wider excursions to destinations such as the Sage Gateshead and London. There are also our two favourite dramatic groups who are part of DST (Durham Student Theatre); for a chance to be involved in opera or musical theatre look out for DOE (Durham Opera Ensemble) and DULOG (Durham University Light Opera Group).

We have a very proactive executive committee who are raring to drive Music Durham even further this year and who are dedicated to making sure you get the most out of your time as a member, so be sure to contact them with any questions you may have! The committee is also comprised of the presidents of all the individual ensembles ensuring that each group is well represented and supported.

Please have a look around the site and do visit us at the Experience Durham Freshers’ Fair in October.


Jess Bryden – Music Durham President 2017-2018