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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Undergraduate study

Postgraduate study

Forthcoming events


Performance classes

11.30AM, I/D003

Niall O'Riordan


Research Seminar

4.00PM, I/D003

Professor William Brooks (University of York)


Performance class – Bear-faced Bassoonery

5.00PM, E058

Laurence Perkins


Composition Seminar

4.00PM, Rymer Auditorium

Diego Castro Magaš (University of Huddersfield)

CMRC blog

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

Music at 50

This year marks 50 years of Music at York. To celebrate we are hosting a range a performances and reunion events. The Department have also launched the Music at 50 Fund to help support and inspire the next generation of artists and performers.


Auditions 2015

  • Auditions for department ensembles will be held early in the Autumn Term – for full details about the various ensembles for which you can audition, please visit the Audition 2015 page.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2015-16

Latest news


Tickets for the YorkConcerts 2014/15 season are now available from the Box Office.

Forthcoming concerts:

14 October 2015
23 October 2015
28 October 2015