Oct 12

Percussion Power: Kopanya launch new Lunchtime Concert series

Thanks to percussion ensemble Kopanya, who delivered a mesmerising, hypnotic and in places downright exuberantly dynamic concert to open our new Lunchtime Concert series.

Kopanya ensemble in John Cage's 'Quartet for Percussion'

Kopanya ensemble in John Cage’s ‘Quartet for Percussion’

John Woolrich’s Mustering Drum provided an energetic opener to a concert showcasing the diversity of music for percussion, including John Cage’s Quartet for Percussion from 1935, with instrumentation sensitively organised by the ensemble to yield an hypnotic second movement laden with gongs. The group showed how a marimba could be turned into a shimmering curtain of sound in Peter Garland’s Apple Blossom, which saw all four members grouped around the instrument, and the concert concluded in epic fashion with traditional drumming from Senegal.

img_0758A dramatic way to launch our new series: our thanks to Kopanya! Next up is the Kentish Piano Trio in music by Beethoven and Suk on Wednesday 9 November – more details here.

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Oct 07

Legal harmony: musical law students perform for opening of new Wigoder Building

We often have Music Scholarship students who are reading Law here at the University; yesterday two of them serenaded honoured guests at the lunch in Darwin college before the opening of the Wigoder Law Building in the afternoon.

Second-year violinst Lydia Cheng and cellist Faith Chan performed for the benefit of invited guests prior to the launch of the new building.


The Right Hon Charles Wigoder at the launch of the new building. Image: Kent Law Campaign

The Right Hon Charles Wigoder at the launch of the new building. Image: Kent Law Campaign

The new building, the new home for Kent Law Clinic at the University, was opened by.Baroness Hale, and the Hon Charles Wigoder also spoke at yesterday’s official opening.

The opening of the Wigoder Building. Image: Kent Law School

The opening of the Wigoder Building. Image: Kent Law School

Congratulations to everyone involved in the project; the building promises to be a wonderful enhancement to the University facilities and to Kent Law School.

Oct 05

Percussion ensemble to kick off new Lunchtime Concert series

Our new Lunchtime Concert series launches next week, with music from percussion ensemble Kopanya.

An exciting group of young players, their programme promises to celebrate the diversity of music for percussion, from the sublime to the ridiculous!

CymbalAs always, the concert starts at 1.10pm, and admission is free with a suggested donation of £3. The first in our new series of lunchtime concerts, later events include the Kentish Piano Trio in November and sitar master Ustad Dharambir Singh in December.

You can find out more about all these events online here, or download the new brochure here.

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Sep 26

Where you go, I go: Preludes exhibition now open

We’re delighted to announce that the latest exhibition in Colyer-Fergusson Gallery is now open!

14184510_10154537619231180_3622527117156399451_nCreated especially for the Colyer-Fergusson Gallery, Preludes (where you go, I go) by visual artist Adam de Ville is a series of images in response to Sinking of the Titanic by composer Gavin Bryars, a haunting meditation on the idea of what happens to the music played by the band as the great ship sank.

Adam’s exhibition imagines the same effect happening to paint and paper in a sequence of images capturing particular moments before, during and after the event. Based on accounts, personal stories and surviving artefacts, the series is a moving contemplation of the human side to one of history’s great tragedies.img096

preludes_exhibitionThe exhibition is showing in Colyer-Fergusson Gallery until Friday 4 November during normal opening hours, and admission is free. Find out more about Adam here.

Sep 23

A love supreme: happy birthday John Coltrane

Happy birthday to the jazz giant and saxophone colossus, John Coltrane, born today in 1926.

john-coltrane-757011Legendary sideman, bandleader, endless searching to break new ground, Coltrane’s long shadow reaches beyond his untimely death from liver cancer at the age of forty, and embraces his time as sideman with Miles Davis to his own groups with figures including McCoy Tyner, Eric Dolphy, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones to his increasingly experimental work with Pharoah Sanders, and late recordings with his second wife, Alice, as pianist.

Difficult to choose a commemorative listening track, but I’ve gone with the opening to 1964’s Crescent; an exploratory, questing opening leads into a slow, stately articulation of the melody, punctuated by uneasy rumbles on kit, before stepping off into a brisk swing, fistfuls of McCoy Tyner’s colourful chords underpinning a bold, expressive improvisation from Coltrane that typically grows more expansive as it unfurls.

Happy birthday to a jazz great.

Sep 19

International Day of Peace: Minerva Voices

On Wednesday, to mark International Day of Peace, Minerva Voices, conducted by Dan Harding, performed Gounod’s motet, Da Pacem Domine, prefaced by a poem read by second-year Alice Baker.

WP_20151214_011Watch it online here.

Sep 16

What’s On: the virtual brochure

Read our new What’s On digital brochure:

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Sep 13

6,774 miles away: second-year Music Scholar on a year abroad

Studying at the University of Kent offers multitudinous opportunities to enrich your life, and this year one of our Music Scholars has taken it to a whole new level.

Music biosciences prizes webSecond-year Music Scholar and Biosciences student, Ruth Webster, (pictured above, second from left) will be familiar to those of you who have come to choral events over the past couple of years – Ruth sings with the University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Cecilian Choir, Minerva Voices and has sung as soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Horovitz’s Horrortorio; she was also joint winner of the John Craven Music Prize for her contribution to music-making last year.

accommodation_malaysiaThis year, though, Ruth is trading in the wood-panelled concert-hall and the Biosciences lab for exotic food and clothes markets, tropical storms and the richly-hued life of Malaysia, where and she and several other students from the University of Kent are studying at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Johor Bahru, in the very south of Malaysia.

Gurdwana Sahib Sikh Temple, Johor Bahru

Gurdwana Sahib Sikh Temple, Johor Bahru

Ruth will be writing about and sharing her year abroad on her blog: see how she gets on at http://ruthelizabethwebster.blogspot.co.uk/. We wish her well for this coming year, and look forward to seeing her back singing in Canterbury in September 2017!

Sep 08

University alumna finds herself at Abbey Road studios as part of Final Fantasy XV launch

University alumna and singer Suzannah Lipmann found herself at Abbey Road studios yesterday, as part of a special livestream broadcast.

London_Phil_Choir_SuzannahFor one night only, there was a special performance to launch the soundtrack to the new Final Fantasy XV game by composer Yoko Shimomura, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Terry Davis; the composer herself was present at the performance. Pictured above, Suzannah is on the front row of the sopranos, eight from the left.

The hour-long event presented highlights of music from the forthcoming game soundtrack, and can be watched here:


Whilst reading Social Anthropology (including a year abroad in Japan) at Kent, Suzannah was a regular performer featuring prominently in the former Jazz @ 5 sessions on the former foyer-stage in the Gulbenkian, as well as singing with the University Chamber Choir and Chorus.

Using the skills developed as an undergraduate, she now handles the Japanese side of her family business in metal-trading, whilst slo learning Japanese at SOAS, and travels to Japan for three weeks each year on business. As well as the London Philharmonic Choir, Suzannah sings with the Godwine Choir and in a band.


“The LPC gets to do some pretty exciting gigs,” she enthuses, “like this one, the BBC Proms and others at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall!” Suzannah is next in action singing in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall on 24 September. Fantastic to see she’s still keeping up her music in Life After Kent in such a spectacular fashion!

With thanks to the London Philharmonic Choir for the images.

Aug 25

New What’s On brochure now out!

Our Autumn What’s On is now out, and is bursting with events throughout October to December here in Colyer-Fergusson.

Our termly Lunchtime Concert series launches with percussion ensemble Kopanya in October; the acclaimed musicians of the Kentish Piano Trio bring Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio in November; and eminent sitar-player Ustad Dharambir Singh is joined by Pt Sanju Sahai on tabla for a recital in December,

The University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra will be rounding-off the Shakespeare 400 anniversary in style with a concert including the suite from Walton’s famous film score for Henry V, and the Musical Theatre Society will present their ever-popular showcase. The season ends in rousingly festive style with the Big Band’s Christmas Swing-Along.

Whatever you do, make sure you have Friday 25 November inked firmly in your diary for what promises to be a memorable concert, as internationally-renowned bass, Sir Willard White, joins forces with the Brodsky Quartet to pay tribute to the relationship between Frank Sinatra and the Hollywood String Quartet; the evening will also include folksongs by Britten and Copland, Barber’s evocative Dover Beach, a selection from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, the Great American Song Book …and much more. Early booking is most definitely advisable! As ever, we also welcome the many visiting musicians to Colyer-Fergusson, including events promoted by both the Canterbury Festival and Sounds New and a birthday concert for Trevor Pinnock.

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You can find out more about all these events online here, or download the new brochure here. We look forward to welcoming you to Colyer-Fergusson this season!

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