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Department of Music

Studying Music at the University of York gives you a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of musical experiences and to look at how music is shaping and responding to the world.

We are internationally recognised for integrated creative, practical and scholarly approaches to music and our graduates are critical, independent thinkers.

Auditions for ensembles 2021-2022


Arthur Sykes Rymer Auditorium



Fela Kuti: Father of Afrobeat

In 1997, over one million people gathered in Lagos for the funeral of Fela Kuti, Africa’s biggest artist, who gave the world Afrobeat, yet was also a thorn in the side of Nigeria’s military regimes - a revolutionary who fought injustice with his music and a libertine who married 27 wives in one ceremony.


York academics lead partnership to revitalise famous York Street

Monday 15 November 2021

A project to breathe new life into one of York’s historic streets has been given the go-ahead after receiving funding of almost half a million pounds from the Government’s Community Renewal Fund.

Together in Music: a new publication from OUP

Monday 8 November 2021

A new book published features chapters by Department of Music staff.

Thomas Simaku World Premiere in Stockholm

Thursday 21 October 2021

Thomas Simaku’s new work Soliloquy VI for Soprano Saxophone will receive its world premiere at a concert in Kungsholm Church in Stockholm on 20th November 2021.

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After eighteen months, we are thrilled to be able to welcome back live audiences to the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall this autumn! Our 2021/22 season features a diverse array of concerts by internationally-acclaimed performers as well as the University’s outstanding student ensembles.

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