A huge range of events covered the final week of the Michelmas term, the first term to see the Department of Music and Performing Arts work together more closely after Performing Arts’ move from Folkestone to Canterbury.

On Monday, staff and students combined for the 2nd Annual Music and Performing Arts Quiz in the Students’ Union Lounge, hosted by our very own Dr. Robert Rawson. Questions were posed by staff across the whole department, linked into various modules, so all students had their chance to shine… At least, that was the idea! Over £60 (£60.10, to be precise) was raised for the Philippines Relief Fund, and a small amount raised went to the newly established Music Society Fund.

The next night, we were back in the SU Lounge for Big Band night this time with dancers! An intimate crowd cheered on the ensemble, conducted by Peter Cook, as they played a range of big band classics and some festive greats.

The dancers joined the band for the first half of the night, interpreting the music and adding a dimension otherwise unseen and unappreciated.  Many thanks to the dance students, and Dr. Angela Pickard, for putting on a fantastic performance!

To round off the week, and the term, Friday brought about the Christmas Concert in Augustine Hall. The concert was a celebration of the Christmas season, but also of the hard work various ensembles have put in over this term. This meant we were treated to a range of repertoire, from Medieval antiphons to contemporary carols, both as a performer and an audience member. The concert also included non-festive pieces, such as a Suite for Star Wars(!!) and Puttin’ on The Ritz, arranged by Chris Price and performed by his new choir, Top Voices.
Whilst performing, the support and appreciation from the  audience and fellow students was really evident, and everyone gave outstanding performances, despite it being the last day of a busy term, and having followed a day of rehearsals. 

The week was a mere glimpse into the activities that take place within the department day after day, and term after term, none of which would be possible if the students and staff didn’t give their all every time, so a massive pat on the back is in order for all those involved!!

 – Kelly Butler, BMus Year 3