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Department of Music

From opera to soundscape, from John Cale to James Blake, music at Goldsmiths embraces 21st-century culture.

Our music degrees bring together academic work with creative practice, letting you merge classical, contemporary, studio-based, ethnographic and popular music studies.

We focus on your creative development, enabling you to make music that’s true to your identity. You will graduate with an impressive and diverse set of skills, equipped for a range of music careers: whether in performance, education, the arts sector or the creative industries.

As a student at Goldsmiths, you will perform, compose, study and experiment – ultimately specialising in the subjects that interest you most. You will use our commercial-standard recording studio and Stanley Glasser Electronic Music Studios, and you can gain work experience through our professional practice scheme linked to London-based music institutions.

We provide a host of performance opportunities, including our opera, the Goldsmiths Sinfonia, our Chamber Choir and the Contemporary Music Ensemble. These culminate in our end-of-year degree show and public music festival, PureGold.

LATEST NEWS:

Music Week is the department's welcome for all our new students. With just one week of intensive rehearsals and creative work, the students present public shows on Friday 3 October (Sinfonia and Chorus) and Saturday 4 October (Popular Music students). Click on the links for more information on each night.

Celebrating the Thunderbirds 50th anniversary this year, check out the performance of Thunderbirds Are Go! at this years Glastonbury Festival, performed by Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective, and the arrangements are by the Music Department's Ian Gardiner.

PhD funding success: Music will host an AHRC-funded PhD project from next year, thanks to an award just made under the CHASE scheme. Applications for the next round of PhD funding will be invited again in the autumn. More information on the MPhil/PhD here

Congratulations to PhD graduates John Lely and Ryo Ikeshiro on being awarded the Francis Chagrin Award.

The Asian Music Unit hosts the Southeast-Asia Artsfest Panel 25 September, with an installation running though to 3 October

In conjunction with Fractured | Khmer Passages, we present "Heritage Arts and the Contemporary".
Bringing together academics and practitioners working on heritage, memory, change and loss in Cambodia, this event addresses how generations of artists come to terms with re-articulations of 'tradition' alongside the impact of national and socio-cultural rehabilitation, the safeguarding vs 'preservation' of heritage, and contemporary takes on cultural sustainability. 

For more information, go to the events page here

Welcome to Danny Driver

The Department of Music is thrilled to welcome pianist Danny Driver, our new Director of Performance, who, when not running the BMus Advanced Classical Performance course and MMus in Performance here at Goldsmiths, will in May see his first solo tour of China, with recitals in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing, as well as a recital at London's Wathen Hall and a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the Royal Festival Hall.

Danny Driver also joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of its Artistic Director Charles Dutoit, performing William Walton's Sinfonia Concertante at the BBC Proms on Monday 1 September 2014. For more information on the BBC Proms concert, click here

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An introduction to the Department of Music

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