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Ahoy there! SMFA music students lead creative project on HMS Gannet


On 14th March SMFA music students worked with The Dockyard Development Trust and Kings Hill School to lead a creative music project on HMS Gannet in the Captain’s Cabin. They also had a tour of the ship.

Music Education students from Level 2 designed an interactive performance and composition workshop inspired by the Gannet, life at sea, sea shanties and film music inspired by the sea.  The children learned some Pirate Metal, sea songs, took part in a musical “boat race”, and composed and performed their own pieces based on the sights and sounds of the day.


Says organiser, SMFA Lecturer in Music, Jackie Walduck , “The project is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage in the kinds of arts events taking place all over the UK, in which musicians work alongside museums, galleries, arts venues, orchestras, record labels or festivals to create accessible projects for members of the community.”

Music in March at SMFA


The School of Music and Fine Art is proud to present no less than 4 concerts during the month of March – all FREE to attend – on a unique campus at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.  Details below:


Thursday 15th March, 7.30pm-9pm SMFA Music Ensembles Showcase

A chance to hear from talented SMFA students in the Chamber Music Forum, Guitar Ensemble, Little Big Band, Improvisation Groups and the Saxophone Ensemble. Repertoire will showcase familiar favourites and new pieces. Free to attend – book via Eventbrite

Wednesday 21st March, 11am-2pm, Galvanising Shop Performance Space: SMFA Undergraduate Lunchtime Concert

Free to attend – book via Eventbrite

Wednesday 28th March, 11am-2pm, Galvanising Shop Performance Space: SMFA Undergraduate Lunchtime Concert

Free to attend – book via Eventbrite


SMFA Easter Concert Wednesday 28th March at 7.30pm, Royal Dockyard Church

A celebration of music featuring the World Percussion Ensemble, the University Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Forum, Choir and Band. The event will include a wide range of music from classical pieces (Vivaldi, Mendelssohn) to Iive improvisation and a selection from Queen’s iconic album A Night at the Opera. FREE but booking via Eventbrite.

SMFA Music Lecturer Jackie Walduck performing with her ensemble Ignite at London’s Wigmore Hall

Ignite.  Photo by Hannah Strijbos


SMFA Lecturer in Music, Jackie Walduck, will be performing with her improvising ensemble Ignite at London’s Wigmore Hall, in an early evening performance at 5.45pm on Wednesday 21st March. Tickets cost £5.

A composer and vibraphone player, whose work explores the meeting points between composition and improvisation, and their impact on ensemble performance, Jackie Walduck has performed across the UK, Europe and in the Middle East, with musicians as diverse as the Philharmonia, Sinfonia Viva, Kala Ramnath, and the Royal Army Band of Oman. For more info go to:

The programme will include her new piece Skeeter, which plays with the sounds of mosquitos.  Other pieces include works written for Ignite by Luke Bedford, Stephen Warbeck and a new commission form Layale Chaker. for more details.

SMFA’s Dr Ruth Herbert performing with her trio Table Music Friday 2nd March in London

Table Music – left to right: Ruth Herbert (piano), Natalie Rozario (cello), Mandhira de Saram (violin)


Dr Ruth Herbert, Lecturer in Music Performance, will perform with her trio Table Music at Schott Music, London on Friday 2 March 7.30pm – 9.30pm. They are joined by renowned jazz pianist Tim Richards and Ruth’s daughter Asha Parkinson (BBC Young Jazz Musician Award semi-finalist 2016) on soprano sax for an evening of music featuring contemporary, jazz and world influences, including commissioned works from Tim and Asha, plus music by Piazzolla and Zimmerli.

Formed early in 2017, and at core a piano trio, Table Music break new ground with a focus on new, recent and 20th century music displaying a rich mix of influences: contemporary classical, jazz and world, sometimes incorporating improvisation and other instruments. An album is planned for 2019.  More info


As a professional pianist, Ruth has performed with various ensembles, notably recording soundtracks for silent films commissioned by the British Film Institute (BFI) with the piano trio Triptych, subsequently touring these works at major venues in the UK and USA (e.g. Barbican and Lincoln Centres).

Academic positions held include Head of Performance Studies at Dartington College of Arts and Lecturer in Music for the Open University. Prior to her appointment at Kent, Ruth held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford and a Junior Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Oxford.


For concert reservations, ring Schott Music: 0207 534 0710. Tick­ets: £10 (full-time stu­dents £5)

SMFA Lecturer in Music Performance, Dr Ruth Herbert features in the Routledge Companion to Sounding Art


SMFA Lecturer in Music Performance, Dr Ruth Herbert features in the Routledge Companion to Sounding Art (2017) which contains 36 essays that cover a variety of interdisciplinary approaches to studying sounding art from the fields of musicology, cultural studies, sound design, auditory culture, art history, and philosophy.

Her chapter, Sonic Subjectivities, compares subjective experiences of sounding art with informal everyday multimodal experiences of music – the way individuals customise mundane experience with music. It goes on to consider Experience Design and examine the faculty of imagination as a psychological given and evolutionary adaptation.

For more details go to

A music psychologist and performer, Ruth has diverse research interests in the fields of music in everyday life, music, health and wellbeing, music and consciousness, sonic studies and music education.

She is currently co-editing a volume for Oxford University Press on Music and Consciousness, together with Professor Eric Clarke (Oxford) and Professor David Clarke (Newcastle).  For more info on Ruth go to

SMFA music Lecturer Dr. Sean Williams on Radio 3

Dr. Sean Williams, 2018.


School of Music and Fine Art Audio Electronics Lecturer, Dr. Sean Williams, was featured on a programme called Radio Controlled on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday February 11th at 6:45pm with several other academics, talking about early experimental electronic music on West German radio in the 1950s.

Presented by Robert Worby, the programme tells the fascinating story of how post-war West German radio, and modern music, was conscripted to win the cultural cold war, often juggling political, economic and cultural forces outside of their control.

To listen to the programme go to:


Dr. Sean Williams is a researcher with a strong background in music practice. He has released a number of records on various labels in the UK, Europe and the USA, and performs solo and with groups including Grey Area, and the Monosynth Orchestra. For more info go to

SMFA music lecturer Anna Neale-Widdison releases new single

Anna Neale-Widdison, 2018.


SMFA music lecturer Anna Neale-Widdison has released a new single Evolution which is available on all the usual music platforms such as Spotify and  iTunes. The video was filmed at the Historic Dockyard Chatham and Royal Dockyard Church, and featured University of Kent (Medway) students. It can be viewed here:

Evolution  is taken from Anna’s forthcoming album Wide Sky, due for release on the 23rd March, featuring performances from Syrian musicians and the members of the English National Opera (ENO) chorus. Fusing together Middle Eastern music with Western pop, and continuing the world music theme featured in her previous album River Man.

Anna is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, composer, session vocalist, and voice over artist, and has performed at most of the major music conferences, released two albums and two EP’s to critical acclaim, written songs for other artists, radio and TV advertising, and provided vocals for many TV animations, songs and adverts. As well as her composing and performing credits, Anna has lectured at the University of Cambridge, The British Museum, BIMM (Brighton & London), Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Hertfordshire. She is also a member of the Oxford Brookes’s music industry board.  Her research interests include songwriting and the music of Ancient Greece.  More info here:

SMFA’s Dr Ruth Herbert to give guest lecture at Humboldt University

Dr. Ruth Herbert, Photo by Richard Kaby


Dr Ruth Herbert, Lecturer in Music Performance in the School of Music and Fine Art,  has been invited to give a guest lecture at Humboldt University, Berlin as part of The KOSMOS Workshop Mind Wandering and Visual Mental Imagery in Music from 16-19th May. Ruth is one of several invited from international experts in the field of mind, music and consciousness.

Funding from Humboldt University will allow MA music student Andrea Hepworth, who has an interest in music psychology, to accompany Ruth and participate in the conference.

Ruth’s guest lecture, Everyday Musical Daydreams and Kinds of Consciousness, will feature both music we actually hear plus music that pops into our heads – including so-called ‘earworms’.

A music psychologist and performer, Ruth has diverse research interests in the fields of music in everyday life, music, health and wellbeing, music and consciousness (including ASC and Trance), sonic studies and music education. Further research interests include performance psychology, evolutionary psychology and ethology.  She has published extensively on aspects of music teaching and education and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Sonic Studies, Musicae Scientiae and the Global Listening Centre. She is also a member of the Music Education Expo and Musical Theatre and Drama Education Advisory Committee, the NYJC/IoE Jazz and Gender Forum, and (latterly) the Musical Progressions Roundtable.


More info on Ruth  here:

SMFA’s Dr Aki Pasoulas has work selected for International Computer Music Conference

Dr Aki Pasoulas performing with the MAAST, 2017. Photo by: A. Seddon


Dr Aki Pasoulas, Director of Programmes (Music), Director of Education, and Director of MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) in the School of Music and Fine Art, had his electroacoustic composition Irides selected to be performed on Thursday 19 October in a concert at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2017), which is the most prestigious yearly international conference for computer music researchers and composers. Held in a different country every year, the 2017 event is in Shanghai.  More info here

His works have been selected and presented at key peer-reviewed events across the globe, and his music is housed in the Phonothèque and Mnémothèque of the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (IMEB) in the National Library of France.   More info here:

Fine Art students exhibit work at the Historic Dockyard Chatham to celebrate Black History Month

Two 3rd Year BA (Hons) Fine Art students – Solomon Dada and Amanda Rosette Nsubuga – are both showing their images of Kent’s four black Professors in an exhibition to celebrate their research interests, achievements and contribution to scholarship as part of Black History Month.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, in collaboration with the University of Kent Student Success Project, are pleased to present a Private Viewing of Black History Month Art Exhibition: Celebrating Kent’s Black Professors, followed by a talk by playwright Junior Douglas on ‘The Contribution of Black and Asian Soldiers to WW.1.’ The event will be held on Wednesday October 18, 2017 from 17.30 to 19.30 at Mess Deck: Command of the Oceans. Come and meet the artists on the evening.

The exhibition will run from October 1 to 31, 2017.  Book your free ticket here:


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