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2021

Christopher Fox becomes an Honorary Professor

Monday 7 March 2022

We are delighted to announce that Christopher Fox has become an Honorary Professor of the Department of Music at the University of York.


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.



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.


Anthony Hunt awarded 2021 Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music

Monday 11 October 2021

Anthony Hunt, of the Department of Electronic Engineering, awarded 2021 Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music.


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.


Students scoop Nugen plug-in prizes for 'Distanced Deviations'

Sunday 11 July 2021

Three students have won plug-ins from Nugen Audio worth hundreds of pounds, in a competition that was the culmination of a series of extra teaching sessions organised in the most recent lockdown.


Radio France

Friday 2 July 2021

Thomas Simaku’s album on French National Radio best CDs. A special programme is to be broadcast on Sunday, 4 July.


Final-Recitals Gala Concert

Monday 28 June 2021

After what has been an incredibly challenging year for music-making in the Department and across the world, last week we celebrated the achievements of our third-year undergraduates with a selection of pieces from some of their final recitals!


MA Music Education awarded Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award 2021

Tuesday 15 June 2021

MA Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching awarded the prize for their teaching team's outstanding contribution to enhancing teaching and student learning


MA student releases hit EP CD

Tuesday 15 June 2021

MA Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching student James Hargreaves sees his new EP, Good To Be Back, going in at #7 in the charts.


Discovering Young Composers of Europe York PhD Student on a New CD

Monday 14 June 2021

Andreas Tsiartas work "Ìérkos for ensemble" (2020) has been recorded on a new CD release by the Stradivarius label, as part of his award for winning the competition Discovering Young Composers of Europe (DYCE ) in 2019.


Can York academics win this year’s AI Song Contest?

Thursday 20 May 2021

A team of six researchers from the Departments of Music and Computer Science has submitted an entry to this year’s AI Song Contest.


Soliloquy V Performance in Amsterdam

Monday 17 May 2021

Thomas Simaku’s award-winning piece, Soliloquy V – Flauto Acerbo for Recorders has received another performance in the Netherlands.


Applications now open for Music Graduate Teaching Assistant positions

Thursday 29 April 2021

Applications are now open for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions within the Music Department for the 2021/22 academic year.


Article featuring ‘La Leggiadra Luna’ by Thomas Simaku

Thursday 15 April 2021

An excellent article about Simaku’s choral piece ‘La Leggiadra Luna’ has been published by Simon Cummings in 5:4 – ‘a blog devoted to the most interesting, innovative and impressive music of our time’.


Super Excellent (Multi-choir music)

Thursday 1 April 2021

Eight current and ten ex-students of the Music Department (all professional musicians) took part in a spectacular concert of 17th-century multi-choir music at York's National Centre for Early Music.


Remote Learning Series Culminates in Remix Challenge

Wednesday 31 March 2021

A series of distanced sessions on different aspects of music production and sound design, presented by a variety of staff members, has culminated in a remix challenge for students with prizes donated by the software company Nugen Audio.


Virtual Showcase II

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Last week saw the premiere of Virtual Showcase II – an online celebration of the hard work and determination of our students and staff to continue making music during these difficult times!


Thomas Simaku’s album reviewed by the BBC Music and Musicweb-International

Monday 22 March 2021

con-ri-sonanza continues to receive excellent reviews in the British music press.


The Polyphonic Concert Club launch

Friday 12 March 2021

The Department of Music's Anniversary Reader, Robert Hollingworth, has launched a new online road trip of performances.


Funding success for collaborative music-wellbeing investigation

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Caroline Waddington-Jones has secured a grant from the UKRI-funded Closing the Gap network run by the University of York and Hull York Medical School.


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.


UG Student Joshua Quinlan Made an RSA Fellow

Friday 22 January 2021

Third-year Music student Joshua Quinlan has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).


MA Student Elysia Biro Awarded £3000 International Scholarship

Thursday 21 January 2021

Canadian postgraduate student Elysia Biro, who is currently doing an MA in Music Education, has been awarded a £3000 International Scholarship by the University of York to help cover tuition fees.


Distanced Deviations: An Online Programme of Music and Sound Recording Events

Wednesday 20 January 2021

Staff on our BA in Music and Sound Recording have put together a programme of events in which they share their passion for music technology.


Making music together, apart: announcing the Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music

Monday 18 January 2021

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