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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



Talking with statues: language, memory and history in Hans Zender’s ‘composed interpretations’

In 2010, Hans Zender commented on his creative reworkings of Schubert and Beethoven (among others): 'we always think that the past is past, but the past is not past, we can take it up again and send it in a different direction’. Can we? How? To what purpose? Join Dr Mark Hutchinson in this engaging seminar to find out.


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.


Remembering Dr Francis Jackson

Wednesday 12 January 2022

The Music Department is sad to report the death, at the age of 104, of Dr Francis Jackson.

New student publications

Tuesday 4 January 2022

Articles by a recent MA in Music Education student and a current PhD candidate have recently been published.

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From a visual-music performance by artist Danica Maier and composer Martin Scheuregger to a journey from Richard Strauss’s first song to his famous Four Last Songs, our spring programme features a breath-taking variety of exceptional concerts.

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