Music Composition PhD
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Music Composition PhD

There are a number of different aspects to the busy life of a musician in Durham, not all of them conducive to producing lots of work! They do, however, add up to a truly immersive experience, which simply couldn’t be replicated. I’ll attempt to describe it here. My PhD differs from most in that it requires a lot of…
Rejection Inspired a Change of Tune!
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Rejection Inspired a Change of Tune!

As Bryant McGill says, ‘Rejection is merely a redirection; a course correction to your destiny’. Whether you believe in ‘destiny’ or not, sometimes being rejected is the best thing to ever happen to you. Inspired to join Gospel Choir Looking back on the beginning of second year when I was rejected for a musical, I felt…
On air with Purple Radio
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On air with Purple Radio

I started Durham University back in 2016 and remember Fresher’s Fair being extremely full, with lots of people, tables, sweets, chocolates and sign-up sheets. Basically, it looked a little chaotic and was slightly claustrophobic. But it was a good chance to see what was on offer. There was one ‘society’ that really stood…
Playing for the Prince
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Playing for the Prince

I was informed of the wonderful news of the royal visit last summer, which was months before the official announcement, along with just a few of my peers. Whilst we were of course very thrilled, it was very tough not being able to share the news with anyone else! Being aware of the identity of our VIP made me…
#RoyalVisit
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#RoyalVisit

I happen to come from a family that LOVES the royals. We love the tradition, the pomp and ceremony, and the pageantry. We are those nutters you see on telly who, instead of having their public holiday relaxing at home, are on the first train to London to go and sit on the Mall, decked out in red, white and blue. We were there at…
DULOG bring Dr Seuss to Durham!
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DULOG bring Dr Seuss to Durham!

Seussical, the Broadway and West End musical, is a show based on the magical tales of Dr Seuss. It features the world-renowned characters in a brand-new story, using Dr Seuss’s infamous signature style. DULOG (Durham University Light Opera Group) has chosen to take on Seussical as the Gala production; the biggest show of the…
Get in the swing - try swing dancing!
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Get in the swing - try swing dancing!

When I was approached by a vintage-clad stranger in my hometown a couple of years ago, I only had a vague idea of what swing dancing might be. Due to my love of the 1940s (and the effect that had on my wardrobe) people had mentioned swing dance to me a couple of times before, but it was only after finding myself near-obsessively…
Music Durham - Lunchtime Concert Series
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Music Durham - Lunchtime Concert Series

These concerts are run by students; performed by students, but for EVERYONE. The Music Durham Lunchtime Concert Series proudly showcases the plethora of musical talent within the University. This term, the series covers an exciting array of ensembles and repertoire. From musical theatre to classical soloists, the Lunchtime…