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All that jazz: the KD Jazz Orchestra at the Canterbury Festival

With the Canterbury Festival in full swing, the music department has a foothold in events both this week and next.

KD Jazz Orchestra

This Friday, our very own conductor of the University Concert and Big Bands, the light-fingered Ian Swatman, is appearing at the Festival Club, St. Alphege Lane, at 8.30pm as part of the exuberant and lively KD Jazz and Dance Orchestra. Alongside Ian are several of our visiting instrumental teachers: Peter Cook (sax), Steve Wassell (sousaphone) and Chris Hall (drums), whilst Kevin Dickon (trumpet) also guests with the University Big Band.

Featuring a foot-tapping programme of music including Dixieland jazz and the music of Michael Buble, this’ll have you dancing in the aisles! (If they permit it, he added hastily…).

Next week, some of the University’s young and talented Music Scholars appear in a lunchtime on Friday 28 October: more on that anon…

Canterbury Festival begins next week!

The rich plethora of artistry that is the annual Canterbury Festival kicks off on Saturday 15 October, bringing a feast of music, theatre, dance, comedy, talks and more to Canterbury.

ViolinsOf particular note are: a concert with Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble; the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra with an all-Russian programme; Tchaikovsky’s delightful Souvenir de Florence from the Trondheim Soloists, and a lunchtime concert by some of our very own University Music Scholars at the Festival Club on Friday October 25th, accompanied by yours truly.

Ian Swatman, conductor of the University Concert and Big Bands, is appearing with the KD Jazz and Dance Orchestra on October 21st.

Elsewhere, Theatre Royal Bath Productions bring Alan Bennett’s classic ‘The Madness of George III’ to Margate, comedienne Shappi Korsandi and barman Al Murray gurantee laughter, and there are talks from art-critic and television presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon and the fabulous poet, Wendy Cope.

Full details of all the festival events here: something for everyone.Festibval logo