Welcome to the Department of Music


We are a leading department for teaching and research in Music focusing on the integration of practical music with rigorous scholarship.

York offers a superb choice of ensembles and opportunities. We provide a bursary for all undergraduate students in support of instrumental or vocal studies, and you can take part in music from medieval to contemporary in a wide variety of genres and styles.

Our teaching is detailed and supportive, winning recent awards for excellence on campus. We have an enthusiastic and dedicated staff who are committed to helping you hone your employable skills and musical vision.

We strive to make a difference within the musical world today, and York alumni are employed in key positions throughout the music, broadcast and education sectors. Take a look at our news archive and you’ll find that our students are distinctive within an increasingly competitive environment.

Welcome to our friendly and internationally respected department.  Have a look at the video if you have a moment.

If you’d like to get in touch [music@york.ac.uk], we’d love to hear from you.

Professor Ambrose Field
Head of Department

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World University Rankings Top 50 Department

‌New: BA in Music and Sound Recording

The Department is delighted to announce a new undergraduate course in Music and Sound Recording.

Undergraduate study

Postgraduate study

Forthcoming events


Composition seminar: Creating Sonic Places

4.00PM, Rymer Auditorium

Ann Cleare


Vocal class

4.00PM, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall


Piano class

2.00PM, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall


Composition seminar: SCAW Workshop

4.00PM, Rymer Auditorium

SCAW Duo: Sarah Watts and Antony Clare


Tickets for the YorkConcerts series are available online, by phone, or in person from the Box Office.

York Concerts Brochure Sep 2016

Download the brochure: York Concerts Brochure (PDF  , 976kb)

Forthcoming concerts:

25 January 2017
27 January 2017
1 February 2017
3 February 2017

2017 WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentships

Applications now OPEN

Deadline for applications 5pm Wednesday 1st February 2017

Visit http://wrocah.ac.uk/new-student/ahrc-competition/


Find out more about joining our ensembles and those that audition for membership the beginning of Autumn Term.

Latest news

An eventful year

Thursday 22 December 2016

Thomas Simaku at Prague Academy

Tuesday 8 November 2016

New research cluster announced

Tuesday 8 November 2016

CMRC blog

Read the latest from our Contemporary Music Research Centre on the CMRC blog