The School of Music and Fine Art achieves 1st in the UK for Research Power in REF 2014!

The School of Music and Fine Art achieves 1st in the UK for Research Power in REF 2014!



The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) were released today and we are incredibly happy to announce that the School of Music and Fine Art has achieved 1st in the UK in our category of Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts with a total research power score of 121.60.

The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and was conducted jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DEL).

The primary purpose of REF 2014 was to assess the quality of research and produce outcomes for each submission made by institutions. The four higher education funding bodies will use the assessment outcomes to inform the selective allocation of their grant for research to the institutions which they fund, with effect from 2015-16.

We are absolutely delighted with these results as it truly celebrates the hard work and dedication put into our research at the School of Music and Fine Art. Congratulations to all!

SMFA Departmental Ensemble Concerts

Departmental Ensemble Concerts
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   Please join us for some end of term live music!

Friday 12th December, 4pm GALV
Djembe drumming group, led by Stephen Hiscock.. joined by members of Contemporary Music Ensemble and Multi Keys Ensemble.

Monday 15th December, 6pm GALV
Carols with Chamber Choir, led by Sarah Dacey. All Welcome! 
Followed by Carols at Cargo, (around 7pm).

Wednesday 17th December, 5pm GALV
Jazz Improv Ensemble, led by Mick Foster and some special guests from Ensemble Module..

Kent composer showcases work at London festival

Composer and artist Dr Claudia Molitor, of the University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art, will see her latest work premiered at the Spitalfields Winter Music Festival 2014.

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Titled Vast White Stillness, the words from a line in a poem by Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the work is part installation, part live performance. It will take place at the Toynbee studios (Commercial Street, E1 6AB) on Saturday 13 December and Sunday 14 December 2014.

Created in collaboration with director Dan Ayling, Vast White Stillness explores stillness, memory and ‘heimweh’, a sense of hovering between happiness and sadness.

Dr Molitor, who is a lecturer in Music and Audio Arts, is a composer and sound artist whose work draws on the traditions of contemporary music but extends to video, performance and fine art practice.

Vast White Stillness follows collaborative work by Claudia Molitor and Dan Aylgin called Remember Me: A Desk Opera, which was showcased at the Spitalfields Winter Festival in 2013.

The installation is supported by Ambache Charitable Trust and Arts Council England.

For more information, or to book tickets, visit:

To hear an interview about Molitor’s work visit The BBC Composers’ Rooms 16:

ICA Symposium: Realisms and Object Orientations: Art, Politics and the Philosophy of Tristan Garcia



Figure 2 : The vectorial channel of being.                                                    Courtesy of Tristan Garcia and Edinburgh                                                 University Press.

Symposium: Realisms and Object Orientations: Art, Politics and the Philosophy of Tristan Garcia

Fri 5 Dec, 11am
£5 / £3 Concessions

This multidisciplinary symposium seeks to interrogate philosophical realisms and object orientations within recent thought. The renowned philosopher Tristan Garcia will present, with his philosophical system providing the focus for a number of the papers. Artists’ contributions will explore this philosophical territory through performative practices.

Contributors: Tristan Garcia, Dr Iain MacKenzie, Dr Peter Wolfendale, Dr Maria Walsh, Dr Steve Klee, Ben Turner, Annie Davey, Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau

In partnership with the University of Kent, Sound Image Space and Critical Thought research centres