Are you a skilled musician? A beginner or a music aficionado? Regardless of your degree, musical ability or experience, Music Durham has something to offer you! We are the organisation within Experience Durham that manages and coordinates the music ensembles within the University, from the 22 ensembles at University level to the numerous College music societies.
The Music Durham ensembles (University level, see Ensembles) are given the chance to perform around three times a year in various venues around Durham. While some groups focus on a specific musical style, from classical to jazz or traditional Korean music, others aim to diversify their repertoire. If you are into musical theatre or opera, don’t forget to check out DULOG (Durham University Light Opera Group), TDTC (Tone Deaf Theatre Company) and DOE (Durham University Opera Ensemble) which are part of the DST (see Durham Student Theatre). Several ensembles may require an audition – which wouldn’t last more than 10 minutes – but you can also decide to join a more relaxed society in which the only requirement would be to turn up to rehearsal with your instrument or voice.
Music Durham offers masterclasses throughout the year and organises an annual gala concert in the Castle great hall and the Cathedral. We are also launching a couple of outreach projects (see Outreach). Our Freshers concert as well as the weekly Lunchtime concerts are opportunities to perform as a solo musician; some ensembles also run concerto auditions if you fancy shining as a soloist.
Colleges also have their own musical lives and ensembles; to know more about it, see College Music.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Music Durham executive committee or the presidents of the societies you would like to join. We will be at the Freshers Fair and we cannot wait to meet you in October!
Pamina Husseini, Music Durham President 2018-19