Category Archives: music

Rediscoveries XI Concert


Wednesday 14th February, 2019
Butchart Hall, University of Aberdeen

Staff and student composers from CMAT and SMFA have been invited to the University of Aberdeen to present their works at the eleventh concert of the Rediscoveries series, a joint project between the two universities. Rediscoveries offers a series of performances of electroacoustic music and sound art events, presented by SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group) from the Department of Music, University of Aberdeen.

Tactile Trio


Thursday 6th December
Historic Dockyard Chatham, Galvanising Shop

How do blind people make sense of the world through other senses? What happens when the visual is removed from ensemble music making? Tactile Trio are an ensemble of sighted and partially sighted musicians, who create and perform new music working under blindfold and in darkened spaces. Without visual notation, they work with improvisation and tactile scores – where music is created from a sense of touch, and darkness offers a world rich with other sensory possibilities.

Join Tactile Trio for their Medway debut at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, part of SMFA’s celebrations of Arts and Disabilities. The event will feature a performance of tactile scores and devised works, plus a pre-performance talk and demonstrations.

Tactile Trio are:
Adrian Lee – guitar, composer, formerly Musical Director for Royal Shakespeare Company
James Ridson – recorders, Para-orchestra member
Jackie Walduck (Leader) – vibraphone, composer, SMFA Music Lecturer.

This event is FREE to attend. Email: to book your place.

Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert. Photo by Stacey Cooper, 2018.


Wednesday 5th December
The Royal Dockyard Church, Historic Dockyard Chatham

The SMFA Christmas concert returns this December and we couldn’t be more excited! Join us, to celebrate the University of Kent Medway’s vast array of talented music students.

Photo by Stacey Cooper, 2018.


Uniting our two schools of music, a diverse programme awaits; featuring music that spans centuries, crosses continents and unites a multitude of genres. Our students will showcase their work from across the Autumn Term.

This event is FREE but please book via Eventbrite.

Music and Migration Workshop, Being Human Festival

Saturday 24th November
11am – 12.30pm
Huguenot Museum, Rochester

This music workshop from the University of Kent and the Huguenot Museum will explore the origins of some of the music we hear today by looking at the journey music makes with people when they migrate.

Working with Syrian darbuka virtuoso Rami Merhi and singer-songwriter and music lecturer Anna Neale from the University of Kent, Music and Migration will aim to recreate this journey exploring different Arabic and Western rhythms, creating a new fusion in musical composition in a relaxed setting. Everyone will be given a djembe to use, but if you play an instrument please bring it along.

This is a FREE event. Book online at:

Vote 100 Concert to feature Dr Ruth Herbert’s piano trio, TableMusic

TableMusic, 2018.


Vote 100: Celebrating Women Composers will mark the centenary of women gaining the vote through democracy in action. This concert, organised by MOOT, will take place on Saturday 17th November at St George’s Church in Brighton. The night will feature music by a diverse range of women composers, including Lecturer in Music Performance Ruth Herbert’s piano trio, TableMusic.


Visit Eventbrite for more information and to book.


Foundry Records releases ‘Dinner’s Ready’ by Dat Brass

Dat Brass, 2018.


The University of Kent record label, Foundry Records, released the new album from ‘Dat Brass’ on 14th October. Dat Brass are a London based 10-piece group of hip-hop noisemakers, with members including two Kent alumni, Jake Heath and Jack Tan. The album was recorded and mixed by University of Kent Music Technician, Frank Walker.

Dinner’s Ready


‘Dinner’s Ready’, the second studio offering from the Dat Brass boys, sees them reach a new maturity and individuality in both their sound and content. Whilst undeniably still a high energy brass and percussion feast, the album features heavy cuts from DJ Dubba Dutch resulting in a modern and unique hip-hop sound.

Professor Tim Howle’s ‘Globus Hystericus’ performed in Oslo


Professor of Contemporary Music, Tim Howle’s ‘Globus Hystericus’ (AV, fixed media, 7’15”) was performed in Oslo on 7th November. The piece is a collaborative work with the video artist, Nick Cope.


The event was hosted by the Norwegian electroacoustic music group, Electric Audio Unit (EAU). EAU performs works from around the world and specialises in immersive spatial audio concerts, cutting edge 3D experiences and spatialisation performance.

‘Irides’ by Aki Pasoulas released through Sonos Localia


4th October saw the launch of telectroacoustic music record label Sonos Localia. The label specialises in binaural renditions of sound spatialisation and its first release is a composition from Music Lecturer, Dr Aki Pasoulas.

Aki’s latest piece, ‘Irides’, was performed live and recorded using the dummy head method. The releases features on Sonos Localia compilation, Loudspeaker Music For Headphones, which comprises 13 tracks of cutting-edge electro-acoustic music presented in immersive binaural sound.


Irides was also recently selected to be presented at CIME/ICEM MUSICACOUSTICA General Assembly at the Central Conservatoire of Music in Beijing, China. It has previously been performed at the Sound of Memory symposium in London, at the ISSTA conference in Ireland, at the Sound/Image in London, and at the ICMC2017 in China.

Rich Perks and Ruth Herbert recognised for their excellent teaching

Dr Rich Perks (Left) and Dr Ruth Herbert (Centre) awarded Kent’s Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize 2018.


Dr Rich Perks and Dr Ruth Herbert, lecturers in Music Performance at the University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art, have been awarded Kent’s Humanities Faculty Teaching Prize 2018.

The two received first prize for their work on ‘The Integration of Peer-Review, Reflective Feedback and Reflexivity into the Teaching and Assessment of Music Performance’. They were presented the award by University of Kent Vice-Chancellor, Karen Cox, at a ceremony on 3rd October.

Dockside Live!


Fridays (during term time)
12 – 2pm
The Galvanising Shop Café, Historic Dockyard Chatham

University of Kent Art & Culture’s lunchtime live music sessions return to the Galvanising Shop Café. Come along and enjoy FREE performances from Kent’s talented music students and staff, as well as top local acts!

For more information and to keep up to date with the acts as they’re announced, visit: