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Home to a large number of ensembles and a flourishing concert programme

Excellent facilities including concert halls, studios and practice rooms

Combine academic study with numerous opportunities for performance

Music is central to the cultural life of the City of York

Our students go on to successful and diverse careers

Welcome to the Department of Music

The Department of Music at York is one of the liveliest in the country, with a busy schedule of performance activities.

The range of study, performance and composition is extremely wide, both within our taught courses and at research level. Our staff includes distinguished scholars, composers and performers.


Enter our Department and you can feel a buzz of creative energy from the 200 students and large staff of world-leading professional musicians engaged in studying, creating and performing music of all kinds.

York is the first choice for performance, composition and scholarship. Our distinctive course enables you to specialise and gives you the choice to define your own programme. We only teach in small groups, through our renowned ‘project system’, and teach exclusively from our research.

We look forward to welcoming you to our lively, friendly and internationally respected Department.

Dr Ambrose Field
Head of Department, Music

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Lyons Live!

Selected concerts and events in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall are now being streamed live over the web. Find out how to watch and see a list of upcoming streams on the Lyons Live page.