Category Archive: Be My Guest

Guest posts and contributions.

Apr 25

A letter from Vienna: Ben Weiland

Currently studying abroad for a year as part of his European Legal Studies with Kent Law School, and a member of the University Chorus and Cecilian Choir, singer Ben Weiland writes from Vienna… Hello from Vienna! I just wanted to share what I’ve been up to and ask how everything is going with Kent music …

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Aug 21

Be My Guest: recent graduate and singer Dan Pargeter on choral life after Kent

Recent Classics graduate, Dan Pargeter, on musical life at Kent, and continuing choral life afterwards in a new barbershop group named after a former well-known rehearsal venue on the campus…   I have often wondered, just when exactly would it be my time to contribute to this space? And what would it be that I contribute? I …

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Jul 23

You can’t take it with you. Wait, yes you can!

Over on the University’s Employability blog, the first of three articles I’ve guest-written about musicians, transferable skills, and employability. This first feature looks at the array of skills with which musicians are often equipped – sometimes without even realising…. (There’s even a reference to Hugh de Bonneville too…) Read the article here.

Oct 19

Making waves at Medway: meet the new Music Society Committee

This year’s new trio at the helm of the Medway Music Society are feeling very pleased with themselves already; meeting them in the third week of the new academic year, membership is already up on last year’s total. The man in charge this year is Jack McDonnell, who assumes the Presidency after being Vice-President last …

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Sep 18

On Course: Emma Murton on the ABCD convention

Each August, the budding student conductor of the Chamber Choir in the following academic year goes on the Young Conductor’s Course with the Association of British Choral Directors summer school. This year, it was the turn of second-year Scholar, harpist and singer Emma Murton; here’s her story… —- The ABCD choral conducting convention was a …

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Nov 15

Be My Guest: Chris Gray reviews Benjamin Frith in concert

Be My Guest: an occasional series featuring guest posts and contributions. This week, Music Society President Chris Gray reviews yesterday’s lunchtime recital by Benjamin Frith. —- Frothy Frith: Pictures a plenty! During the ever popular Lunchtime Concert series, sponsored by Furley Page, I sat and listened to what was an absolutely outstanding performance by Benjamin …

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Oct 26

Don’t Blake my heart: Kent alumnus back at the Gulbenkian

Last week, the all-male vocal group ‘Blake’ gigged at the University’s Gulbenkian Theatre, and featured one of Kent’s musical alumni in the line-up. Director of Music Susan Wanless sneaked into the back row to see how he’s getting on… —- One of the delights of being the Director of Music is to follow the subsequent …

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Oct 06

Theatre of Dreams: the new Marlowe

Tuesday evening’s gala opening concert at the new Marlowe Theatre celebrated the completion of a two-year refurbishment of the theatre, at the heart of Canterbury city. The star-studded evening saw the theatre’s official opening by the Duke of Wessex, and a performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra under David Parry, together with illustrious bass, Sir John …

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Sep 14

Season of mists and mellow Open Days…

Brochures: check. Leaflets: check. Laptop: check. Wireless connectivity: check (finally, thanks Sarah Y!). Scholarship information: check. But there’s something missing, something crucial. Oh wait: Revels! Check. Phew. Yes, it’s Open Day again, and the Director of Music and I are once again at the ‘Making Music at Kent’ stand, o’er-brimming with details about the musical …

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Aug 30

Handel opera hero provides tough choices on Prom date

Be My Guest: an occasional series featuring guest posts and contributions. This week, for one former musical alumnus, going to a performance of Handel’s Rinaldo at this year’s Proms raises some serious questions about which man she wants in her life… — Remember how I went out with N.? How it was all lovely and …

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