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Our Autumn music series now online

Hold onto your hats: the new What’s On for September to December has now been published online.

Embracing everything from ancient instruments to contemporary chamber opera, the Colyer-Fergusson Hall will be abuzz this Autumn, bringing some of the very best music across the next four months.

Strange and Ancient Instruments
Strange and Ancient Instruments

The Lunchtime Concert series begins with Rags to Riches, as pianist Helen Crawford brings her period-costume-bedecked performance of ragtime music on Weds 8 October; we’re delighted to be launching the new ensemble-in-residence, CantiaQuorum, who open their residency with Bach and Copland on Weds 5 November, as a curtain-raiser to their first formal concert later in the month with Stravinsky and Walton. December’s lunchtime concert involves the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments exploring the common ground between Renaissance, Baroque and traditional Norwegian music.

We’re also participating in the University’s fiftieth-year celebration through 2014-15, including featuring alumni and Honorary Doctorate recipients; and as the latter, we are delighted to welcome acclaimed harpsichordist and conductor, Trevor Pinnock, in October in a recital of music by Bach.

Chorus and Orchestra perform music by Mozart and Beethoven, and the term concludes with the usual Big Band seasonal cracker in December (see what I did there…).

A warm welcome, too, to all those visiting performers coming to the Colyer-Fergusson Hall, including Nova Music Ensemble who come in October as part of the Canterbury Festival, bringing contemporary chamber operas by Cecilia McDowall and Stephen McNeff.

There’s plenty to look forward to: check all that’s coming up online here.

New year, new term: new What’s On

The new What’s On online diary of musical events has just gone live this morning, with details of all the musical events between now and July.

From the grandeur of the Colyer-Fergusson Cathedral Concert to the intimacy of the Chamber Choir Crypt Concert, music embraces a range of events, including celebrations of Mozart and, in his centenary year, Benjamin Britten. The University Concert and Big Bands come together for From Bond to Basie, and we’re also launching a new series of ‘Watch This Space’ gigs on the new foyer-stage, which includes live jazz.

Canterbury CathedralThere are also visits from several local orchestras and choirs, and later on in June, we’ll be celebrating the end of the academic year with ‘Summer Music,’ about which details will emerge in April.

Check out all the events on the online diary here.

Welcome back.

Autumn Concert Diary now online!

After an industrious summer of event and programme planning, not to mention the minor task of preparing to move to the new building, I’m delighted to say our new Concert Diary for the Autumn term has now been published online.

Total Brass
Total Brass

The Lunchtime Concert series continues, as we welcome musicians from Total Brass, sitarist Jonathan Mayer, and close-harmony group Sector7 in concerts throughout the term.

University Music Scholars will be giving an informal lunchtime concert in the first week of November – an exciting moment, as it will be the first event in the brand new Colyer-Fergusson music building and its wonderful new concert-hall!

Jonathan Mayer
Jonathan Mayer (sitar)

We’ll also be gathering to raise money for Children in Need again this year; come and be part of a whacky world première with a difference, written by yours truly – all you will need is a donation and your mobile-phone, complete with three different ring-tones…

The world-famous Brodsky Quartet continue their fortieth-birthday celebrations in inimitable style, as they bring their ‘Wheel of Four Tunes’ to the Colyer-Fergusson hall. Armed with an array of forty pieces from their hugely eclectic repertoire, the pieces in this concert will be decided by the spin of a wheel in what promises to be a unique event.


Finally, the term comes to a grand finale with the inaugural Gala Concert, with the combined ranks of the Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Concert Band and Big Band, in a spectacular evening celebrating the formal opening of the new Colyer-Fergusson music building, complete with two new works especially written for the occasion.

An exciting term ahead: find out more online here.

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Summer events diary now published online!

I’m delighted to say that details of our Summer Music events here at the University have just been published online.

Summer MusicTaking place from Wednesday 6 – Sunday 10 June,  Summer Music celebrates the end of the academic year with a rich feast of musical events, including a Scholars’ Lunchtime Concert; the annual Big Band Gala at the Gulbenkian; Lunchtime at the Labyrinth; a two-choirs choral concert at St Mildred’s, Canterbury; the Musical Theatre Society; and the traditional summer Music Society concert, complete with balloons and cream-teas!

Click here to view all that’s happening, as University Music provides a vibrant conclusion to another year of music-making.