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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



Music Coding Collective, Autumn week one

Coding session 1a: Introduction to JavaScript and p5.js


CMRC Autumn Week 2 seminar: Christopher Fox

'The beautiful and permanent forms of nature': thinking about musical meaning, abstraction and subject-matter


Music Coding Collective, Autumn week two

Coding session 1b: More JavaScript and p5.js (continuing from previous session)


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.


Announcing the Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music

Friday 24 September 2021

Win a prize of £100 and the opportunity to meet composer, performer, and software entrepreneur Rebekah Wilson.

Thomas Simaku ‘con-ri-sonanza’ UK Premiere

Tuesday 17 August 2021

Thomas Simaku’s work con-ri-sonanza for piano & strings received its UK premiere at the 2021 North York Moors Festival of Chamber Music to a rapturous reception of a full house on 14 August.

‘Tempo’ review for Thomas Simaku’s new album

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Simaku’s CD on BIS Records, con-ri-sonanza, has received another excellent review, in the July 2021 issue of the Cambridge University Press magazine Tempo.

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