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:

University of Kent Medway campus Music Ensembles


Announcing the University of Kent Medway Music Ensembles for 2018 – 2019. All University of Kent staff and students are welcome, plus members of the local community aged 18 years or above. All ensembles are based at The Galvanising Shop, Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Strings Workshop – Monday 12-1pm
Pitch Slapped A Cappella – Monday 3-4pm
World Percussion – Monday 5-6pm
Little Big Band – Tuesday 4-5pm
Sonority – Tuesday 5-6pm
Chamber Music Forum – Wednesday 1-2pm
Band Forum – Wednesday 2-3pm
Sax & Flute – Wednesday 3-4pm
Jazz Improvisation – Wednesday 4-5pm
School Band – Wednesday 5-6pm
University Chamber Ensemble – Wednesday 7-9pm
Guitar Ensemble – Thursday 2-3pm
Pop, Rock & Soul Choir – Friday 2-4pm

If interested in joining please email: For some groups, it will be necessary to interview/audition and to attend every week.

Pay Gaps and Thigh Gaps: SMFA graduating Fine Art students exhibit in London

‘Pay Gaps and Thigh Gaps’ art exhibition: Rachael Willis, Ayesha Chouglay, Deborah Abbott, Amanda Nsubuga, Angel Obi and Alexandra Aldham (left to right)


Between 6th – 10th July, Pay Gaps and Thigh Gaps, an exhibition by a group of graduating SMFA Fine Art students was on at Old Truman’s Brewery in Brick Lane, London, as part of Free Range – A season of Graduate Art & Design Exhibitions.

Established in 2001 to showcase the work of emerging creatives, thousands of students have exhibited at the shows, taking over Old Truman Brewery spaces each summer and connecting with a London audience. It aims to celebrate talent and provide a platform for UK artists beyond education. The show was extremely successful, with an amazing turn out.

SMFA Students featured were:

BA (Hon) Fine Art
Amanda Nsubuga, Alexandra Aldham, Ayesha Chouglay, Angel Obi and Rachael Willis

MA Fine Art
Deborah Abbott


About Pay Gaps and Thigh Gaps
There seems to be a growing precedent that in order to be recognised as a female artist you must limit your practice to being ‘feminist’. But why can’t a woman speak beyond her gender to gain recognition? We are a group of proud feminists who would like to share varying concerns beyond our genitalia (and possibly surrounding our genitalia- we would like the option). From, childhood imagination, to personal illness, we come together with uniquely different practices, to support each other as artists… who happen to be female.


More at  and Instagram at pay_gapsandthigh_gaps

SMFA Music Lecturer Anna Neale elected to Songwriters Committee at BASCA

Anna Neale, 2018. Photo by Phil Mitchell


SMFA music lecturer Anna Neale, multi-talented singer/songwriter, composer, session vocalist and voice-over artist, is now an officially elected member of the Songwriters Committee at the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), the voice for music writers.

BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world and is the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting to media and contemporary classical to jazz.   More here:

Anna has worked professionally in the music industry for over a decade. In that time she has toured the world, and has showcased at major music conferences across the globe and released two albums and two EP’s to critical acclaim.  Related post:


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SMFA Professor of Contemporary Music Tim Howle has new work premiered at the Art & Science Days Festival in France


Professor Tim Howle, SMFA Professor of Contemporary Music has a new acousmatic piece premiered on 27th June in Bourges, France at the Art & Science Days Festival. False Memory of Normandy (2018) was composed in collaboration with the poet J M Fox. Link here:

Professor Howle’s interests include developing composition, primarily sonic art, acoustic music and music for experimental video.  More here:

Additionally, Sarva Mangalam (2017), which was premiered at Electric Spring, at the University of Huddersfield earlier this year, is performed at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival on July 17th. It is also being shown at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), South Korea, 5-10th August. It is an audio-visual piece in collaboration with video maker Dr Nick Cope ( who currently holds an honorary position at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China.  At its premiere, the performance was supported with a paper: Avoidance Strategies relating the ideas in the piece to those of Brian Eno and Cornelius Cardew at Ambient@40 held at the same time.

Link to Sarva Mangalam

Further, Professor Howle’s piece Phantom Ride (2014) composed with Dr Paul Dibley from Oxford Brookes University, will be performed at ICMC and at WOW- soundMIGRATION, Madrid in September. Link to Phantom Ride: