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A Bangor University lecturer is releasing two CDs

Dr Xenia Pestova, from the School of Music, is releasing two new CDs in October and November. "John Cage: works for two keyboards, volume 1" will be available on Naxos Records while "Shadow Piano", her debut solo album, is scheduled for release on Innova Records.

Publication date: 10 October 2013

A Hat Trick for Bangor at the Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod 2018

Following a weekend of competition, Bangor University were victorious at the Inter-Collegiate Eisteddfod 2018, winning for a third time in a row.

Publication date: 12 March 2018

AHRC Doctoral Studentship in Music

The School of Music at Bangor University is pleased to offer an AHRC-funded studentship for a PhD study in music, starting in September 2013. The scholarship consists of Home/EU fees + a tax-free maintenance grant at the current RCUK rate (currently £13590).

Publication date: 4 April 2013

A musical celebration of International Women’s Day

Bangor University’s School of Music and the Bangor Music Festival will be helping to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March with the broadcast on BBC Radio 3 of a concert of orchestral music by five female Welsh composers.

One of the composers featured is Mared Emlyn, from Eglwysbach in the Conwy Valley, who completed a PhD in Music at Bangor University two years ago. Her piece, Porthor, was inspired by the beach of that name on the Llŷn Peninsula. Known in English as ‘Whistling Sands’, the beach is famous for the singing sound produced by walking on its sands.

Publication date: 7 March 2016

Anglesey schoolchildren create 'underwater symphony' for Bangor New Music Festival

The water music premiere will one of the highlights of the festival which also features renowned violinist Madeleine Mitchell

Publication date: 4 March 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury honours Bangor Professor

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has announced the award of the degree of Doctor of Music to Professor John Harper, a research professor in music at Bangor University. The Archbishop writes that the award recognises Professor Harper’s ‘distinguished contribution to the development and appreciation of church music as a scholar, administrator, teacher and composer, and to a greater understanding of the relationship between music and the liturgy of the church.’

Publication date: 9 November 2010

Bangor and Pontio: a Global Bloomsday Hit

Earlier this week, as part of an international event, Global Bloomsday, Pontio teamed up with Bangor University's Schools of English and Music to produce a wonderful performance of the Sirens chapter of Irish author James Joyce's book Ulysses.


Publication date: 20 June 2013

Bangor at the Ynys Môn National Eisteddfod

As the major provider of Welsh medium higher education, Bangor University is particularly active again in this year’s National Eisteddfod in Anglesey.

Full details and news about the University’s activities at the Eisteddfod is available on the University’s website at:

Publication date: 2 August 2017

Bangor composer embroiled in gnome controversy ...

One of Dr Owain Llwyd’s most recent commissions - orchestrating an advertisement for Swedish furniture giant, IKEA - has been subject to strenuous complaints by the International Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Gnomes. Dr Llwyd has reassured us that ‘no gnomes were harmed in the creation of the video …’.

Publication date: 9 July 2013

Bangor Composer Premiers New Work: 28 October 2012

Working with a team of experts in dyslexia research from the Miles Dyslexia Centre at Bangor University, award-winning composer Professor Andrew Lewis will create a sonic art work with video using spoken and printed text as its raw material.

Publication date: 24 October 2012

Bangor goes Brazilian

All eyes will be on Brazil this year, with the forthcoming football World Cup, but it seems that our interest in the country is not confined to football. Brazilian music and dance have grown in popularity over recent decades, and one Bangor academic has made this ‘fashion’ for ‘Afro-Brazilian’ music and dance a focus for his research.

Publication date: 28 May 2014

Bangor in UK top 20 for student experience

Publication date: 10 June 2014

Bangor’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area.

Publication date: 9 December 2016

Bangor staff and students featured at the Royal Academy of Music

Professor Andrew Lewis was featured in concert at the Royal Academy on July 1st alongside a work by Bangor student Kimon Grigoriadis performed by another student Katherine Betteridge.

Publication date: 1 July 2013

Bangor Students aim for Cân i Gymru

With a good track-record  in the Cân i Gymru (Song for Wales) competition, following last year’s success by Rhys Gwynfor and Osian Huw Williams, and Music MA students Nia Davies Williams’ third place in 2012, two more Bangor University Music students have entered and have been selected for the final of the popular TV programme. The programme is to be broadcast (with subtitles) at 7.45, with a special results programme following at 9.30 on Friday 28.2.14.

Publication date: 24 February 2014

Bangor students win Cân i Gymru

Two friends who are in the same Band and who both study at Bangor University won the Cân i Gymru (Song for Wales) competition with a song composed during a car journey on their way home from uni.

Publication date: 28 February 2013

Bangor student to perform with Frank Zappa's son

A Bangor University music student is looking forward to performing Frank Zappa’s work on a UK tour later this month.

Sioned Eleri Jones, 30, from Bangor, will be performing one of the legendary guitarists’ songs on the clarinet with his son, Dweezil, who is touring with his band Zappa Plays Zappa.

Publication date: 7 November 2012

Bangor University at Festival No.6

Bangor University is excited to announce that academic staff and students from the Arts and Humanities will be hosting a range of events as part of this year’s special 6th anniversary of Festival No. 6 - a bespoke banquet of music, arts, culture and gastronomy which takes place over the weekend of the 7-10 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Penrhyndeudraeth, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. This year’s headliners at the Festival include Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips, and Mogwai, alongside special talks by Irvine Welsh and Maxine Peake.

Publication date: 22 August 2017

Bangor University maintains leadership position in Student Satisfaction

Bangor University again leads Welsh universities in the most recent measure of student satisfaction, and is among the top 10 of the UK’s best non-specialist universities, the traditional institutions who offer a broad range of subjects. 

Publication date: 12 August 2015

Bangor University MA Studentship

Publication date: 16 August 2014

Bangor University Opera - Dido and Aeneas

Early Music Bangor, conducted by Chris Collins and the Director of Bangor University Opera Marian Bryfdir join forces to bring Purcell’ s iconic opera to life for two performances in May. 

Publication date: 25 April 2016

Bangor University placed in the Times Higher Education Art & Humanities rankings

Bangor University’s arts and humanities courses have been ranked second in Wales and amongst the top 250 worldwide in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018 by subject released today.

Publication date: 13 September 2017

Bangor University rated Gold

Bangor University has been awarded the Gold standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, and is the only University in Wales to achieve this standard.

The framework assesses universities against a range of criteria and is part of the UK government’s plans for raising standards in higher education. It also gives students more information so that they can make the most informed decisions when deciding which university to attend.

Publication date: 22 June 2017

Bangor University’s satisfied students

Bangor University continues to rise in popularity among its students. The University again retains its place at 14th in the UK and is second in Wales in a new university experience survey (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016).

Publication date: 17 March 2016

Bangor University’s School of Music – the best in Wales!

It’s official: Bangor University is the best place in Wales to study for a degree in Music. The results of the 2014 National Student Survey, published last week, place Bangor’s School of Music top in Wales, with a massive overall satisfaction rate of 91%.

Publication date: 18 August 2014

BEAM Festival puts Bangor musician in the spotlight

A festival that showcases creative technology in music will be featuring the work of a former Bangor University student.

Publication date: 15 June 2011

Beijing Dance Academy opens UK tour in Llandudno

Dancers from China’s prestigious Beijing Dance Academy are set to open their exclusive UK tour, Beauty Beyond Words, in Llandudno on Monday 28th September in partnership with Bangor University’s Confucius Institute.

Publication date: 10 September 2015

Boddi Mewn Celfyddyd (Drowning in Art) Conference

After years of destruction and protest, the water flooded Cwm Celyn in 1965, drowning culture, local history and tradition in its wake.

However, the anger and heartbreak of the nation gave rise not only to a political awakening, but also to an artistic awakening as a generation of Welsh people found means of expressing their contempt through music, poetry, drama and art.

Publication date: 29 April 2015

‘Bodedern’s musical success

During the National Eisteddfod of Wales’s hymn-singing festival in Bodedern (Anglesey) broadcast on Sunday evening, August 6th, a former Bangor University School of Music doctoral researchers gained a resounding success.

Dr Godfrey Wyn Williams from Pontcysyllte (nr. Llangollen) was awarded the Eisteddfod’s prize for composing an original hymn tune. Following several successes in local and regional festivals throughout Wales (inc. Eisteddfod Llandegfan, Llanrwst, Treuddyn, Mynytho, Bancffosfelen, Powys & Lampeter), Godfrey’s talent was given national recognition and a truly memorable performance during the televised cymanfa ganu

Publication date: 7 August 2017

Brexit and Britpop: Europeans have stronger cultural links to the UK thanks to English language music

As the European referendum campaigners try to outdo each other with spectacular claims and counterclaims about the risks and benefits of remaining in or leaving the EU, what has become clear is that it is not just the Tory party that is deeply divided on the issue, but Britain as a whole.

The ambivalence is even part of the “in” rhetoric, with statements frequently prefaced by assurances that the politician is “no lover of European bureaucracy” or some such qualification. And there are suspicions that even at the top there is a lack of wholehearted support for the European project, with both Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron having been accused of previously tending towards Euroscepticism.

Publication date: 13 June 2016

Call for Papers - Adopting the Cultural Other: Western Participatory Borrowings

We are interested in papers reporting and/or theorising research on such phenomena from music, dance, language, religion, art and other cultural forms. The conference will be interdisciplinary and perspectives from ethnomusicology, anthropology, sociology, cultural geography and other disciplines are welcome.

Publication date: 22 October 2013

Celebrating Excellence amongst first year students

Award-winning first year students have had their achievements recognized at a prize giving ceremony.

The annual Bangor University Entrance Scholarship Presentation evening saw prizes totalling £138,000 awarded to some of the University’s brightest first year students.

Publication date: 27 November 2014

Celebrating Women’s Work in Music

Two classical music concerts at Bangor University’s Pontio are set to be the highlight of the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music (4-7 September) celebrating the achievements of women musicians. The Conference has been timed to mark the 40thanniversary of the death of Grace Williams (1906-77), one of the first professional Welsh composers of the 20th century to attain international recognition.

The concerts on Monday, 4 September in Neuadd Powis at 5.45pm and Wednesday, 6 September at 7.30pm in Pontio’s Theatr Bryn Terfel will feature Grace Williams’s music and also include world premieres by leading British composers Nicola LeFanu and Eleanor Alberga.  

Publication date: 21 August 2017

Chris Coleman visits Bangor University to receive Honour

Chis Coleman, Wales’ national football team manager joins Bangor Business School graduating students to receive an Honorary Fellowship, marking Wales’ outstanding achievement at Euro 2016, when the national team reached the semi-finals in an historic and memorable campaign.

Publication date: 17 July 2017

Composition and Performance at Bangor gaining a National/International reputation

Publication date: 6 January 2017

Conducting students learn from a maestro

The School of Music was delighted to welcome world-famous conductor (and Bangor University Honorary Fellow) Owain Arwel Hughes to Bangor recently to lead a student masterclass. Five lucky students, from first-year undergraduate to final-year postgraduate, were given the opportunity to conduct three Slavonic Dances by Dvořák, under Dr Hughes’s watchful eye.

Publication date: 16 May 2013

David Evans (1943-2013)

Dr David Evans, former Senior Lecturer in Music at Bangor University, has died at the age of 69. A good friend to all, he will be fondly remembered by colleagues and hundreds of former students.

Publication date: 10 April 2013

Dotty about Dot!

A Bangor University student’s music video heads for viral fame; at the time of writing, ‘Everybody Dances to Techno’ by Dot has had over 43,953 views on YouTube, with comments and messages of support from far afield.

Publication date: 13 June 2017

Drapers’ Company Medal awarded to Bangor student

Drapers’ Company Medal (Bronze): One of Six Medals Ever to Have Been Awarded Goes to Elina Hamilton, School of Music, Bangor University

Publication date: 5 September 2012

Dr Jochen Eisentraut awarded a British Academy International Partnership and Mobility grant

Dr Jochen Eisentraut, a part-time lecturer in Music, has been awarded a British Academy International Partnership and Mobility grant.

Publication date: 23 August 2013

Dr Pwyll ap Siôn's new book published

The Collected Writings of Michael Nyman edited by Dr Pwyll ap Siôn (Senior Lecturer in Music) has been published by Ashgate Press.

Publication date: 16 August 2013

Dr Xenia Pestova performed at the Southbank Centre and Glasgow Concert Halls

Dr Xenia Pestova performed at the Southbank Centre and Glasgow Concert Halls for the PRS New Music Biennial / Commonwealth Games.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Dr Xenia Pestova records 3 CDs

Dr Xenia Pestova completed the recording of her third CD of John Cage: works for two pianos in Luxembourg in June. The three disks will be released on the prestigious Naxos Records label.

Publication date: 1 July 2013

Dr Xenia Pestova released 3 CDs on Naxos Records

Dr Xenia Pestova released 3 CDs on Naxos Records. "John Cage: works for 2 keyboards, volume 3" came out in July 2014 featuring the Pestova / Meyer Piano Duo.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Editions by Bangor scholar performed in the Czech Republic

Rare gems by Jacobus de Kerle (1531/2-1591) could be heard in concerts in Brno (St Leopold’s, 4 April) and Rajhrad Monastery (6 April), devoted to works by composers from the Imperial Chapel. Under the expert direction of Vladimír Maňas (Masaryk University Brno), Ensemble Versus (with guests Martina Komínková (flute), Richard Šeda (cornetto and flutes) and Tomáš Lajtkep (tenor and bass trombone) performed Kerle’s motets Media vita and Adoramus te Christe, both edited by Christian Leitmeir, the leading authority on the Flemish composer.

Publication date: 24 June 2014

First Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Lecturer Posts Announced

Following the establishment of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (the new national institution for the development of Welsh medium education and scholarship) in March this year, Bangor University has just announced two key academic appointments under the Coleg’s academic staffing plan. These are the first appointments sponsored by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. The new lecturers will commence their five year appointments in September 2011.

Publication date: 13 August 2012

First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music

Bangor University’s School of Music is proud to host the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music (4 – 7 September 2017).  We will be welcoming prominent speakers and musicians from a range of backgrounds, including academics, practitioners, funders, broadcasters, journalists and other professionals.

Publication date: 23 August 2017

Five star reviews of performances and CD releases by the Head of Performance

Richard Craig's cd VALE was released in July on the Metier label and has since been reviewed by Gramophone magazine, as well as other blogs and social media sources.

Publication date: 28 November 2017

Free Concerts at the University this May

The Performance Department will open its doors to the public throughout May in a series of free concerts. The hard work of our visiting lecturers and students can be heard in a series of recitals featuring works by Franck, Beethoven, Messiaen, Debussy, Lizst, Bach and much more.

Publication date: 26 April 2016

From Bangor to Abbey Road Studios

A chance meeting at a ‘career day’ led a Bangor University student to work with A-list musicians at Abbey Road Studios, the most famous, purpose built recording studio in the world.

Publication date: 12 July 2016

Golden Age of Welsh Pop

The National Waterfront Museum in Swansea displays more than 300 years of Welsh industry and innovation and a new exhibition next year (2013) will focus on an important, if not so immediately apparent Welsh industry.  Hannah Way, currently living in Talysarn is researching the 'Golden Age' of Welsh pop on behalf of the Museum. She is investigating the impact of small independent labels on the Welsh pop scene and the impact of new media on those who have survived.

Publication date: 21 December 2012

Golygathon cyntaf erioed ar Gerddoriaeth i’w gynnal yn Adran Gerdd Prifysgol Bangor

Fe fydd y ‘Golygathon’ cyntaf o’i fath erioed ym maes Cerddoriaeth yn cael ei gynnal yn Adran Gerdd Prifysgol Bangor ddydd Gwener, 24 Chwefror, 2017.

Publication date: 23 February 2017

Hat-trick of world premieres at Bangor Music Festival

A top music festival will be unveiling a hat-trick of world premieres.

The Bangor Music Festival kicks off with a St David's Day concert by Britain's Got Talent finalists, Cȏr Glanaethwy, and will also star the internationally renowned singing ensemble, The Swingles.

Publication date: 22 February 2016

Head of Performance Richard Craig recently premiered a new work with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra

Head of Performance Richard Craig recently premiered a new work with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, in the National Concert Hall on the 14th of February. 

Publication date: 23 February 2017

Hear this: it's no longer enough to just look at paintings

This article by Andrew LewisProfessor of Music at the School of Musicwas originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Art lovers now have the chance to listen to (yes, listen to) some well known paintings at the National Gallery. Six composers and sound artists have been asked to create music or sound installations inspired by paintings of their choice from the gallery’s collection, for its new exhibition, Soundscapes. Their work will be heard only in the presence of the art that inspired it. We will, we are told, “hear the painting” and “see the sound”.

Publication date: 9 July 2015

His music creates epic atmospheres on screen

A programme full of drama and excitement- such as the X Factor- was just what composer Owain Llwyd had in mind when writing epic music for the media- and he hit the nail on the head- as one of his compositions from that collection was selected to be used on the X Factor itself.

Publication date: 8 November 2010

Inspired by 2001 A Competition for Bangor University Students

Publication date: 20 April 2018

INTER/actions Festival for Interactive Electronic Music wins the prestigious PRS for Music Foundation ‘Beyond Borders’ grant

Bangor University-based INTER/actions Festival has been selected for the PRS ‘Beyond Borders’ scheme and awarded £12,000 to commission a large-scale new piece by the acclaimed Northern Irish composer Ed Bennett to be performed by Dr Xenia Pestova from the School of Music.

Publication date: 26 September 2014

INTER/actions: Symposium on Interactive Electronic Music

INTER/actions is a symposium and mini-festival focusing on performance and interaction in electronic music.

Publication date: 10 October 2013

It’s fifty years since Sgt Pepper taught the band to play

This summer sees fifty years since Sgt Pepper taught the band to play as The Beatles released what is often cited as the first important concept album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; an album that is generally understood as truly ground-breaking, and as one of those moments which changed (and perhaps even created) an art-form.  

It’s also fifty years (25-27 August 1967) since the Beatles visited Bangor, a visit which also proved to be a pivotal date in the history of the group.

Publication date: 16 August 2017

Launch of Bangor’s Centre for Arthurian Studies

Bangor University will be seeing in 2017 with the launch of a new Centre for Arthurian Studies on Friday 20 January, just as Wales begins to celebrate a Year of Legends. Throughout 2017 events will be held at historic sites the length and breadth of Wales in celebration of its rich culture and heritage.

Publication date: 11 January 2017

Major AHRC Grant awarded to PRoMS – 'The Production and Reading of Music Sources, 1480-1530'

Music manuscripts and printed editions from the 'Golden Age' of polyphony are to come under close scrutiny in a three year research project.

Publication date: 13 August 2012

MA Student wins International competition for sound art

A piece of music by Richard Garrett, a part-time MA student in Electroacoustic Composition at Bangor, has won an international competition for sound art miniatures relating to the subject of climate change.

Publication date: 27 August 2013

Medieval Music Theory in Context workshop, July 2012

Second Workshop on Medieval Music Theory at Bangor University.

Publication date: 5 September 2012

"Modern Maritime Battlefield Archaeology: Case Studies from the Battle of Jutland and the U-boat Wars".

Publication date: 15 February 2017

Musicians get ready to burn a piano!

Members of Bangor University’s school of Music will be joining New Zealand / USA sound artist Annea Lockwood in performance of 'Piano Burning' at The Old Goods Yard in Treborth, Bangor, on Saturday 29 June at 6.15pm as the launch to the new Bangor Sound City season.

Publication date: 25 June 2013

Music of windfarms

The wind-farms lying offshore at Llandudno are to provide the inspiration and the sounds for a music composition for Llandudno’s LLAWN Festival, by Bangor University music lecturer, composer and sonic artist Ed Wright, performing as the ‘Sonic Wave laboratory’ with Charles Gersholm.

The two locally based sound artists will produce a sonic art-work created by nature and shaped by manmade machines. Large outdoor rotating machines with sensors will be placed in the Llandudno promenade shelters. These will interact with passes by who will hear sound coming direct from the wind farm to create an ever changing sound composition. The temporary mini turbines form a small quintet that can be listened to either individually or inside the composers’ ‘laboratory’, a converted Bathing Machine.

Publication date: 9 September 2015

Music Student Scoops Composer’s Medal at Urdd Eisteddfod

Music School postgraduate student Lois Eifion Jones, from Penisarwaun, near Carenarfon, is to be congratulated on winning the Composer’s Medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod.

Publication date: 30 May 2013

Music sweeps the board at the Student-Led Teaching Awards

The staff of the School of Music received a huge vote of confidence from their students at this year’s Student-Led Teaching Awards, held at a special dinner attended by over 200 hundred people in the Prichard-Jones Hall on 24 April. Nominations for these awards are made entirely by the students themselves, and the shortlist and winners are chosen by a special committee of students, under the auspices of the Students’ Union. This year, Music staff received three awards and five nominations – more than any other School in the University.

Publication date: 18 June 2013

My Friend Dylan Thomas

In collaboration with Pontio, the School of Music is proud to host My Friend Dylan Thomas, a festival celebrating musical responses to the work of one of Wales’s greatest writers.

Publication date: 24 October 2014

New Opening: Chair of Music

The School of Music at Bangor University seeks to appoint an outstanding and energetic individual to the position of Chair of Music. 

Publication date: 22 January 2013

New work by staff composer to be premiered at St David’s Hall, Cardiff

A new song-cycle for soprano and orchestra by Pwyll ap Siôn, who is Professor at the School of Music, will receive its premiere at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on 1 May. 

Publication date: 7 April 2016

Nia wins third place in this year's Cân i Gymru competition

Nia Davies Williams, an MA student in music at the University's School of Music has come third in this year's Cân i Gymru last night (03/03/12).


Publication date: 5 March 2012

Open lecture on the Creation of the Czech vernacular liturgy in Budapest

Hana Vlhová-Wőrner gave on 9. 11. 2015 in Budapest, the Calvinist Reformed Church (Budai Református Egyházkőzség), an open lecture on the creation of the Czech vernacular liturgy in the early fifteenth century. 

Publication date: 10 November 2015

Osian Huw Williams wins the Musicians' Medal at the National Eisteddfod

Bangor University student, Osian Huw Williams is the winner of this year’s Musicians’ Medal at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and he was honoured at a special ceremony on the Pavilion stage on Wednesday evening.

Publication date: 6 August 2015

Particle smashing by Large Hadron Collider creates music at festival

A new piece of music created by using data from the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator will be performed at festival in North Wales.

The performers at Bangor Music Festival will be using laptops to alter the sounds from the particle smashing done by the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, in Geneva.

Publication date: 6 December 2017

Performance Department Students hitting the High Notes!

Congratulations to Tom Lazell (pictured below). He has been offered a coveted place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Tom is a student of the renowned pedagogue and Bangor University lecturer Marian Bryfdir.

Publication date: 25 April 2016

Performing, Pontio and my PhD

Wales is renowned for its mountains, myths and music, which are precisely the reasons that lured a Yorkshire-born PhD student to study at Bangor University.

Publication date: 19 August 2015

Piano restoration grant awarded

The School of Music was awarded a generous grant of £26,000 from Bangor Alumni / Benefactions Group towards piano restoration.

Publication date: 18 April 2013

Premiere of new work by TV and film composer with X-Factor

A new work by a talented composer who orchestrated the music used in a trailer for the latest Hobbit movie blockbuster will be unveiled at a top music festival.

Owain Llwyd, 30, who's also composed for the X-Factor, Top Gear and Big Brother, is looking forward to the premiere at Bangor Music Festival, which starts on March 4.

Publication date: 19 February 2015

Prestigious Bryn Terfel Scholarship awarded to Bangor Music Student

A Music student at Bangor University is to be congratulated for winning the Bryn Terfel Scholarship this year.

In a competition which revealed high standards, and which was broadcast live on S4C on Sunday 14.10, Huw Ynyr, a singer, competed against fellow Bangor Music student, Lois Eifion, who is studying a postgraduate MA degree, and four others.

Publication date: 15 October 2012

Prizewinning talented musician overwhelmed with joy at graduation

A Bulgarian student who broke with the family tradition of a career in engineering and construction graduated with a first-class honours Music Technology and Electronics degree from Bangor University this week.

Publication date: 15 July 2015

Prizewinning talented musician overwhelmed with joy at graduation

After a strong performance throughout her studies, an award-winning student from Bangor University graduated this week.

Publication date: 17 July 2017

Pwyll ap Siôn invited to judge BBVA composer’s award

Pwyll ap Siôn, Professor of Music at Bangor, has been invited to serve on the panel of the BBVA Foundation’s international composer’s award. This year’s 9th edition of the award, given by the Madrid-based foundation, is one of the most prestigious and highly-valued awards in contemporary music.

Publication date: 15 February 2017

Pwyll ap Siôn premieres new work

The latest composition of Dr Pwyll ap Siôn, senior lecturer in the School of Music, has been premiered by soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and the European Union Chamber Orchestra at the Galeri, Caernarfon on 24 January 2013.

Publication date: 30 January 2013

Recreating the experience of medieval worship

A research project which investigates the medieval experience of worship is featured on the Arts & Humanities Research Council website. The “Experience of worship in late medieval cathedral and parish church” project is led by Prof John Harper and Dr Sally Harper at the University’s School of Music.

Publication date: 3 January 2013

REF 2014: Top 20 for Music Research

The 2014 REF results have secured Bangor University’s position as one of the UK’s top 20 institutions for musical research.

Publication date: 19 December 2014

Richard Craig, Head of Performance, has been awarded a prestigious ERASMUS+ grant to visit Helsinki’s University for the Arts

Richard Craig, Head of Performance, has been awarded a prestigious ERASMUS+ grant to visit Helsinki’s University for the Arts

Publication date: 16 March 2017

Richard Craig, the recently appointed Head of Performance, has had a productive start to his first Semester

Richard Craig, the recently appointed Head of Performance, has had a productive start to his first Semester. As a specialist in contemporary music, he collaborates with composers integrating cutting-edge technology with his own research into contemporary performance practice.

Publication date: 15 January 2016

Satisfied students place Bangor University among top UK universities

Bangor University’s students have again given the University a resounding testimonial in the annual National Student Satisfaction survey, placing the University eighth among the UK’s non-specialist universities in the UK and second among Welsh Universities.

The news follows hard on the heels of the University’s recent success in being awarded a Gold Standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, the only Welsh university to achieve this standard.

Publication date: 9 August 2017

School of Music INTER/actions festival awarded prestigious grant from the PRS foundation New Music Biennial

The INTER/actions Festival of Interactive Electronic Music was selected for the PRS for Music Foundation New Music Biennial to commission a new work by Arlene Sierra. The Festival was awarded £20,000.

Publication date: 29 April 2013

School of Music re-opens after £2M Refurbishment

Bangor University’s School of Music celebrated the opening of its refurbished facilities with a ceremony for staff and students. The ceremony celebrated the completion of the £2million renovation of the building, creating facilities befitting one of the 5 best music departments in the UK as voted by students in the 2016 National Student Survey. 

Publication date: 19 September 2016

School of Music wins two Thomas Ellis Memorial Fund awards

Having reviewed scores of entries from an exceptionally talented pool of applicants, the University of Wales  has announced the winners of this year’s Thomas Ellis Memorial Fund awards.

Music Lecturer at Bangor University, Dr Guto Pryderi Puw, will receive £1500, while PhD student, Gwawr Ifan, also of Bangor University, will receive £1000.

Publication date: 1 February 2011

Significant Composition appears on CD

A major orchestral piece composed by Guto Pryderi Puw is included on the latest CD by celebrated violinist, Madeleine Mitchell.

Acclaimed as one of the foremost Welsh composers, Guto Pryderi Puw is also Head of Composition and Senior Lecturer at Bangor University’s School of Music and was commissioned by Madeleine Mitchell to write a concerto to be premiered at the Bangor Music Festival in 2014. The work, Violin Concerto - Soft Stillness was inspired by quotes taken from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice to mark the author’s 450th anniversary year.  

Publication date: 23 October 2017

Sign Up! Choirs and Orchestras 2012-13

Information on how to sign up for the Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir and much more.

Publication date: 13 August 2012

Sign Up! Choirs and Orchestras 2013-14

Bangor University Chorus

The University Chorus is a large mixed choir of students and staff from throughout the University, in addition to singers from the local community. In the 2013-14 season we will be performing a seasonal concert in December, and joining with the University Symphony Orchestra in April for performances of Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Herbert Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi.

Publication date: 2 September 2013

Sioned wins the Musicians' Medal

Congratulations to musician Sioned Eleri Roberts, a former student of the School of Music, who won the Musician’s Medal at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Carmarthenshire.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Sir Geraint Evans Award presented to Bangor Music Lecturer and Composer

Dr Guto Pryderi Puw of Bangor University received the 2013 Sir Geraint Evans Award from the Award’s inaugural recipient, Dr Jeremy Huw Williams, on behalf of the Welsh Music Guild at  an event at the Cardiff and County Club recently (30 November 2014).

Publication date: 3 December 2014

Sound and vision piece inspired by dyslexia to feature on Radio 4 All in the Mind programme

A new sonic art work inspired by dyslexia and the science behind dyslexia is to be covered by Radio 4’s flagship All in the Mind programme, which explores the limits and potential of the human mind. The programme will be broadcast on Tuesday 18 December at 9.00pm and repeated on Wednesday 19 at 3.30 and will be available online after the first broadcast.

Publication date: 14 December 2012

Staff composer receives premiere of Dylan Thomas-inspired work by the European Union Chamber Orchestra

A number of composers have marked this year’s hundredth anniversary of Dylan Thomas’ birth by writing a new work in honour of Wales’ most famous poet, but the starting point for Pwyll ap Siôn’s latest composition was more unusual.

Publication date: 22 October 2014

Staff lecturer on Radio 4 programme

Professor Pwyll ap Siôn will be contributing to a series on BBC Radio 4 in January called 'All in a Chord', which looks at the development of harmony on the history of music. 

Publication date: 9 January 2017

Student Led Teaching Awards 2015

The Student Led Teaching Awards returned bigger than ever for its 4th annual ceremony, along with the much anticipated Course Representative awards

Publication date: 21 May 2015

Students’ music video heads for viral fame

Having their heads shaved for charity proved the impetus for two Bangor University Music students to create a music video which is rapidly going ‘viral’ on the internet.

At the time of writing, ‘The Changing Man’ by Colonel Dax has had over 160,000 views on YouTube, with comments and messages of support from as far afield as Australia and America and Spain.

Publication date: 8 February 2017

Success for Ensemble Cymru talent

A former Bangor University music student who is one of renowned musical organization Ensemble Cymru’s rising stars is celebrating an exciting new job.

Collette Astley-Jones who completed her Masters in Music at Bangor in October has been snapped up by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for the role of Artistic Planning and Ensemble Assistant. Prior to this Collette worked as the orchestral manager for the Bangor University based Ensemble’s Peter and the Wolf National Tour.

Publication date: 29 April 2014

Sunday Times CD of the Week accolade for music student’s band

A third year music student at Bangor University has had a great beginning to his musical new year- as his band Y Niwl’s album of the same name receives the accolade of The Sunday Times’ Culture Section Rock & Pop CD of the Week (2.1.11).

Publication date: 13 August 2012

Sunday Times CD of the Week accolade for music student’s band

One third year music student at Bangor University has had a great beginning to his musical new year- as his band Y Niwl’s album of the same name receives the accolade of The Sunday Times’ Culture Section Rock & Pop CD of the Week (2.1.11).

Publication date: 6 January 2011

Talented Anglesey-born choir leader and singer graduates

After a rollercoaster three-year journey and initially feeling out of his depth, a talented Anglesey-born student graduated with confidence at Bangor University this week. Former Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones pupil, Kiefer Jones, 22, from Amlwch, received a first-class BMus Music degree. 

Publication date: 15 July 2015

Thursday's Eisteddfod Activities - Music takes centre stage

Bangor University’s School of Music takes charge of the activities at Bangor University’s stand on the Eisteddfod field every Thursday, and this year’s no exception, with a full day of musical activities and performances  to suit every age and taste.

Publication date: 2 August 2013

Tickling the ivories for McDonald's World Cup Campaign

A Lecturer in Composition at Bangor University is to be heard on the McDonald’s World Cup Web Advertising Campaign which has had over five million views on YouTube alone.

Publication date: 7 July 2014

Two Bangor Music Staff Represented in Recent Ashgate Publication on Minimalist Music

Two members of staff from the School of Music have produced important chapters for The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music, recently published by Ashgate Press. Tristian Evans’s ‘Analysing minimalist and postminimalist music: an overview of methodologies’ and Pwyll ap Siôn’s ‘Reference and quotation in minimalist and postminimalist music’ form two of the volume’s twenty-two chapters, which includes a foreword by famous American composer Steve Reich.

Publication date: 19 November 2013

Wednesday's Eisteddfod Activities - History, Music and a Reunion for former students and staff

The University Yesterday & Today; Bangor University Reunion &  Music: Our nation’s Third language?

Publication date: 2 August 2013

‘Welsh opera’s reward’

Nationwide performances of the newly commissioned Welsh language opera, Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd (Gareth Glyn, composer and Mererid Hopwood, librettist) by OPRA Cymru were duly rewarded during this year’s Wales Theatre Awards (2018) ceremony held in Newport recently. Following a pan-Wales tour in November 2017, to capacity audiences and rave reviews, the company (OPRA Cymru) received ‘The Best Welsh Language Production’ award (2018) for the outstanding quality of its work.   

Publication date: 2 February 2018

Women's Work in Music - Ensemble Cymru perform new music in Pontio

Two classical music concerts at Bangor University’s Pontio are set to be the highlight of the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music (4-7 September) celebrating the achievements of women musicians. 

Publication date: 29 August 2017