Category Archive: Band substance: gig reviews

Dec 20

In Pictures: the University Big Band Swing-along-a-Santa

Images © Matt Wilson / University of Kent.

Dec 13

Departing from Platform One

The University Concert Band gave the première performance of James Rae’s Platform One to an enthusiastic reception, in the first of two appearances at the Gala opening weekend. A packed Colyer-Fergusson concert-hall greeted conductor Ian Swatman and the composer himself with extended applause after the première on Saturday afternoon, and again on Sunday night after …

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May 23

Big Band at Sounds New!

The University Big Band and Ian Swatman brought live music to the heart of Canterbury on Saturday, when they played as part of ‘The Big Bang!’ event in this year’s Sounds New festival, in Whitefriars. Out in the sunshine, thronging shoppers, tourists and passers-by were treated to a mixture of live big band swing and …

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Feb 21

Best gig so far this year ? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…

My oh my: the Gulbenkian stage has never seen such a tight squeeze as it did last Friday, with the University Concert Band bursting with players and, as Ian Swatman said, possible the biggest Big Band in the Known Universe taking the stage. A packed audience was treated to a first half including A Night …

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