New commission to celebrate the University’s fiftieth anniversary

After months of planning, we are delighted to reveal the launch of a new project: a commission by the Music department for a new piece to be performed next year, as part of the University of Kent’s fiftieth-anniversary celebrations.

Part of the year-long events will be to celebrate the achievements of members of the University community, and it seemed therefore fitting to approach composer Matthew King, one of our visiting members of staff here in the music department on the Canterbury campus; Matthew is also a Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The text will be by poet Patricia Debney, a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of English.

In searching for a theme for the project, it seemed appropriate to look beyond the University community to the surrounding county of Kent, its landscape and its history, and to the wonderfully atmospheric photographs of Phil Ward, who is also Deputy Director of Research Services here at Kent.

Image: Phil Ward
Image: Phil Ward

50th-ribbonThe piece represents the intersection of music, poetry and photography, and will be an excitingly creative way of celebrating the University, its community and its place in the surrounding landscape.  You can find out more about the people behind the project here.Follow the project on its blog, Iterating Kent, from inception to final realisation in the summer of 2015, and on Twitter @IteratingKent. We’ll be mapping the gradual unfolding of the project, its ideas and inspiration, and its delivery next year.

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