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Department of Music events

The Department of Music hosts public concerts, seminars and conferences throughout the academic year, presented by visiting international researchers, composers and performing musicians, alongside our talented students and staff.

Our vibrant concert series includes experimental new music and world music, chamber recitals and innovative work from our sound studios, reflecting the diversity of the department's research interests. Most of the concerts are free to attend and held in the newly refurbished Performance Space in the College Building.

Archived events

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  1. Jan 2019

    18

    Friday

    Concerts

    Public

    The instrumental students of City's Department of Music perform masterpieces from the 19th century, at the atmospheric church of St Clement's Finsbury.

  2. Jan 2019

    22

    Tuesday

    Concerts

    Public

    Philip Thomas (piano), Damien Harron (percussion) and Richard Craig (flute), play Feldman's haunting 90 minute work, exploring floating textures and ambiguous musical patterns.

  3. Jan 2019

    29

    Tuesday

    Concerts

    Public

    Phaedra perform works for string quartet, prepared piano and percussion by composers inspired by the voice.

  4. Jan 2019

    30

    Wednesday

    Seminars

    Public

    Joseph Browning will discuss how the festival theme took on varied significance in contexts from programming to promotion, sometimes decisively affecting the sound, ethos and practical organisation of the festival, sometimes receding into the background, sometimes meaningful through playful associations and coincidences.

  5. Feb 2019

    1

    Friday

    Concerts

    Public

    The second in our 2019 series of final year student lunchtime concerts.

  6. Feb 2019

    8

    Friday

    Concerts

    Public

    The second in our 2019 series of final year student lunchtime concerts.

  7. Feb 2019

    12

    Tuesday

    Concerts

    Public

    Acousmatic composer Manuella Blackburn presents multichannel diffusions of her work, transforming everyday sounds from around the home into unique sound sculptures.

  8. Feb 2019

    19

    Tuesday

    Concerts

    Public

    A programme of British and French musc for voice, clarinet and flute, based around a new commission by Jérôme Combier.

  9. Feb 2019

    20

    Wednesday

    Seminars

    Public

    Abigail Wood will explore how sounds contribute to the construction of civilians, musicians—and ethnomusicologists—as unwittingly active participants in a war zone.

  10. Feb 2019

    22

    Friday

    Concerts

    Public

    Ian Pace performs three powerful sonatas for piano by Mosolov, Prokofiev and Ustvolskaya, reflecting changing eras of Soviet Russia.

  11. Feb 2019

    26

    Tuesday

    Concerts

    Public

    City hosts the Huddersfield Immersive Sound System (HISS), the University of Huddersfield's innovative loudspeaker orchestra. The programme will include works by Huddersfield staff, students and alumni, celebrating the 10 year history of this inspiring system.

  12. Mar 2019

    1

    Friday

    Concerts

    Public

    Coinciding with St David’s Day, violinist Madeleine Mitchell introduces the music of 20th century Welsh composer Grace Williams, with live performances of her chamber music in celebration of a new album on Naxos Records, recorded in City’s Sound Studios.

  13. Mar 2019

    5

    Tuesday

    Concerts

    Public

    The violinist plays six works that in turn explore the risk, excitement, loneliness, quirks, compulsions, and demands of solo playing, including recent works by Liza Lim, Elena Mendoza and Chikako Morishita.

  14. Mar 2019

    8

    Friday

    Concerts

    Public

    The acclaimed singer/songwriter performs an intimate set coloured by jazz and contemporary songwriting, including work inspired by the writers Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Rebecca Solnit, and settings of words by Rupi Kaur and Virginia Woolf.

  15. Mar 2019

    12

    Tuesday

    Concerts

    Public

    A new project from the experimental pianist, using text, electronic processing and field recordings as a form of musical activism, engaging with the overwhelming issue of climate change in a unique and powerful way.

  16. Mar 2019

    13

    Wednesday

    Seminars

    Public

    Join us at City, University of London for a discussion hosted by Sarah Nicholls regarding her project to re-design the piano as well as share her latest project, ‘Musical Activism’

  17. Mar 2019

    26

    Tuesday

    Concerts

    Public

    The adventurous pianist returns to City with a programme pitting the piano against film montages, electronics and multimedia, including music by Nicole Lizée, Christopher Fox and new work by Kanga himself.

  18. Apr 2019

    3

    Wednesday

    Seminars

    Public

    This seminar will explore the intersection of the socially entangled courtly cultures of singing and tourneying as attested by Douce 308, and will discuss ways in which the idealized eroticism of courtly love can been seen in the light of ideas of performative violence.

  19. Apr 2019

    26

    Friday

    Concerts

    Public

    Morton Feldman's final work, a 70-minute tapestry of repetition and variation. The performance concludes City's conference, "Again & Again: Musical Repetition in Aesthetics, Analysis and Experience", taking place 25-26 April 2019.