Zoom with a View: awards ceremony with a difference to recognise outstanding contributions to University music

Well, we’ve never had a Music Prizes awards ceremony quite like it before – a sign of the times – but it was still lovely to be able to ‘see’ this year’s prize-winning students, and to be able to thank them for their various outstanding contributions to music-making this past, slightly shorter than normal, academic year.

Stars of the small screen…

The Music Prize Committee has the unenviable task of recognising particular students whose involvement in the extra-curricular musical life of the University, from amongst all those who give up their time in order to participate. The deliberations eventually resulted in prizes this year being awarded to:

Canterbury Festival Music Prize: awarded jointly to Sophia Lyons (Drama and Theatre Studies) and Tom Wust (Business and Management)

Colyer-Fergusson Prize: awarded to Owen Kerry (Physics)

University of Kent Music Prize: Megan Daniel (Law)

David Humphreys Prize: awarded jointly to Matthew Cooke (French and Business Administration) and Melody Brooks (Forensic Psychology)

Sophia Lyons in the title role of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ performing in February
Tom Wust and Meg Daniel performing a Lunchtime Concert at the Historic Dockyard in March
Owen Kerry (top left) among the woodwind section of the Orchestra backstage in December
Matthew Cooke in the role of the Hatter in the production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ back in February
Melody Brooks (right) performing as part of a chamber ensemble in March

The highly unusual award ceremony, expertly and virtually chaired by Professor Dan Lloyd, was a way both to thank them and also to acknowledge their impressive contributions to a curtailed but still nonetheless excellent period of music-making.

Now for a virtual glass of champagne…


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