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Find out what's been happening in the Music department at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

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Ellie Sherwood wins Taught Master's Student of the Year Award
4 September 2017
Ellie Sherwood, who recently completed the MusM in Ethnomusicology, won the Faculty of Humanities Distinguished Achievement Award – Postgraduate Taught Student of the Year 2015/16.

Manchester students pave the way towards gender equality in conducting
14 June 2017
We are delighted that next year 50% of the conductors selected for the University of Manchester’s internationally recognised conducting programme will be female.

Two Manchester composers chosen for Next Wave 2 higher education programme
27 April 2017
We are thrilled to see two talented composers from The University of Manchester’s Music Department selected to take part in the Next Wave 2 programme.

University of Manchester alumnus Tom Coult’s new work set to open BBC Proms 2017
27 April 2017
Young composer Tom Coult will have his new work featured at this year’s BBC Proms. St John’s Dance will be premièred by Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to open the First Night of the 2017 BBC Proms.

Manchester postgraduate student selected for Panufnik Composers Scheme
22 February 2017
We are delighted to announce that Music PhD student Emma Wilde has been selected to take part in the highly prestigious London Symphony Orchestra's Panufnik Composers Scheme.