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Summer Music Week: the first two days

Like a phoenix from the flames, Summer Music Week burst into life anew on Sunday; conductor Ian Swatman led the charge as the Big Band took to the Memorial Bandstand at Deal for a day filled with sunshine and swing, for which the band welcomed back vocalist and alumna, Steph Richardson.

Yesterday, Day Two, saw the inaugural use of the department’s commissioned harpsichord in a feast of arias from several of the singing Scholars in Operatic Heroines in Love; from Mozart to Gluck, Saint-Saens, and Dvorak, a delighted audience was led on an exploration of love, lust and desire by Charley Tench, Charlotte Webb, Rowena Murrell, Ruth Webster, Kathi Kirschbaum, Livy Potter and Kathryn Cox, which included Purcell’s Dido’s Lament with Faith Chan on cello and the Chamber Choir performing the dolorous ‘With drooping wings’ chorus which follows the aria.

Summer Music continues all this week; details online here.

Helping the homeless: Big Band will be supporting Porchlight next month

As part of next month’s Summer Music Week extravaganza, we are especially delighted to be supporting Porchlight, the local charity providing help for homeless people across Kent. The curtain-raiser to Summer Music Week will see the University Big Band, under the baton of the ever-youthful Ian Swatman, playing on the Bandstand at Deal on Sunday 8 June at 2.30pm  in support of the charity, which this year is celebrating its fortieth birthday.

A great Deal of fun...
A great Deal of fun…

Your loyal correspondent writes more about the event over on the Porchlight website here.