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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spring Term Update – Department of Music

Due to the introduction of a new England-wide lockdown, we will be delivering all classroom-based teaching online during Spring Term (unless and until government guidance on performing arts teaching changes). Students should stay where they currently are, whether this is in York or their hometown, and not attempt to travel. Students are allowed to return to York, however, if they need to access study facilities (this does not include departmental facilities, such as practice rooms or recording studios) or if they feel that their mental or physical wellbeing will be better served by coming here.

Term starts on Monday 11 January, and students should submit assessments as normal. If students are facing difficulties completing assessments due to the lockdown, then they should apply for Exceptional Circumstances or speak to their supervisor.

We understand that many of you will be feeling anxious and frustrated by the latest news. Our priority remains the safety and wellbeing of students and staff, and we will do our utmost to offer excellent teaching and support throughout Spring Term. The University is lobbying for more in-person teaching using specialist facilities, such as our performance spaces and recording studios, later in the term, and we hope this will yield positive results.

Members of staff and postgraduate research students who need to access specialist spaces and facilities on campus to carry out their research may continue to come into the Department. Please contact either Catherine Duncan or Ben Eyes if this applies to you.

Dr Áine Sheil, Head of Department, January 7, 2021

If you have an urgent query please make contact with one of the following teams:

Current students can find Coronavirus (COVID-19) Teaching and Learning Planning Updates on the intranet. 

For information on how the University is dealing with COVID-19, please check the University's Coronavirus webpages.

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.


We support a wide range of research and offer many opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral study across the discipline.



Music Coding Collective, week ten

Presentation on composing game audio: A case study.


All concerts during the Spring Term will be streamed online. Details of these performances will be made available during the first few weeks of term. All of last term's concerts are still available to watch on YorkConcerts' YouTube channel.


An internet of musical events: InterMusE to compile a fascinating glimpse into music’s past

Thursday 25 February 2021

The nature of live music is that it exists in the moment. In years gone by, there would be little or no permanent record of its performance, save, perhaps, for the concert programme, promotional poster, or a ticket stub a concert-goer may take home with them.

Remembering Richard Shephard MBE

Tuesday 23 February 2021

The Music Department is sad to report the death of Dr Richard Shephard, Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Department, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 2008.

International acclaim for Thomas Simaku’s new album

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Thomas Simaku’s new album of chamber music, con-ri-sonanza, released by the Swedish label BIS Records in November 2020, has captured the attention of the music press and radio stations alike.

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