Category Archive: Building for the future

The new Colyer-Fergusson centre for Music Performance project.

Oct 24

Celebrations mark five years of Colyer-Fergusson

Monday 23 October, 2012: the Music Department bids a fond farewell to its home since the mid-80s in Eliot College, and moves into the newly-built Colyer-Fergusson Building, to begin music-making in a purpose-built, award-winning concert hall and practice facilities. Fast-forward to Monday 23 October, 2017, and the Department celebrated the five-year anniversary since Colyer-Fergusson opened …

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Nov 30

Concert-hall draws the drawing crowd

First-year students from the School of Architecture have been visiting Colyer-Fergusson this week, in particular to sketch the concert-hall; here are a few of their responses to our award-winning space.

Apr 18

Picture-perfect: #walkSwaleMedway exhibition graces new gallery space

It’s with an heraldic fanfare of trumpets that we’re delighted to announce that the new Colyer-Fergusson Gallery space is now open, with its first exhibition being the evocative and scenic #walkSwaleMedway project by Faversham-based artist, Hope Fitzgerald.  The upper balcony now hosts an array of jewel-like images in beautiful frames, inspired by Hope’s walking project, and will be …

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Mar 24

Colyer-Fergusson Gallery launches next month

One of the very great strengths about Colyer-Fergusson is its mulitplicity of purposing – the flexibility of the concert-hall, the practice-rooms functioning as green rooms during events, the social area that also works as a performance space – and we are very excited to be drawing further on the building’s potential next month by launching the Colyer-Fergusson Gallery, …

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Sep 24

Reach new heights with the University of Kent: the Kent Wheel opens

Well, ok, it’s not directly about music on this, the music blog, but it’s pretty exciting, so I’m going to write about it anyway! The Kent Wheel opened this afternoon on the University campus, a talisman to draw the gaze from afar as it will stand tall on the greensward between Eliot and Rutherford Colleges over …

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Sep 01

Reimagining the concert-hall: Yingqi Lin

See the concert-hall differently; Masters student Kiki Lin makes marvellous things happen virtually in the Colyer-Fergusson Building   My name is Yingqi Lin, a Digital Visual Effects MSc student in 2014, and I’ve just finished my year. This showreel is the best work of mine when studying in Kent this year. I chose the concert-hall and …

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Nov 20

Music building wins Wood Award

We’re delighted to announce that the Colyer-Fergusson Building was a winner at yesterday’s Wood Awards. The building won the “Commercial and Public Access” category at the Wood Awards yesterday evening, for its deployment of wood in construction, particularly the use of Douglas Fir. As Tim Ronalds Architects, designers of the building, state: The walls and ceiling …

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Nov 14

Wood you believe it: another award nomination

We’re delighted to reveal that the Colyer-Fergusson Music Building has been shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2013, which celebrate excellence in design in wood. It is one of thirty UK architecture, furniture and design projects that feature wood to be selected for the awards’ shortlist. The winners, including the main Gold Award, will be announced at a …

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Jul 25

Re-imagining the new concert-hall

I’ve spent a very productive and exciting afternoon in the new concert-hall, exploring some new ideas for next year. Without giving too much away, Mark (our new technician) and I have been finding ways to re-imagine, or redefine, the hall for a particular concert I’m planning – this afternoon we mocked up the event, played …

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Jul 06

Blogging live from #kentopenday

It’s Open Day today, and we’re very excited as it’s our first opportunity to welcome visitors to the University interested in music – in the new Colyer-Fergusson building! We’ll be here throughout the day until 3pm with information on all the extra-curricular musical activities open to students at Kent, as well as details about Music …

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