A run-down of the musical opportunities this academic year

At the School of Music and Performing Arts, we are delighted to be able to offer our students a variety of extracurricular events throughout each academic year that are free to attend. These are distributed weekly throughout the year, with the help of Canterbury Christ Church University’s Arts and Culture programme, in the form of an array of engaging concerts and inspirational masterclasses provided by both University ensembles and gigging professionals which are also open for viewing by the local community.

In the 2016/2017 academic year, we have provided over 60 of these fantastic opportunities in St Gregory’s Centre for Music and other locations such as Augustine Hall, Anselm Chapel and, of course, the beautiful Canterbury Cathedral.

Here is selection of this year’s highlights. Click on our links to blog posts to learn more about the specific events listed:

  • 21st October 2016 – two of the UK’s finist solo performers and music educators cellist Matthew Lowe and pianist John Paul Ekins visited Christ Church, performing and coaching our students on stagecraft and working with an accompanist.

  • 17th November 2016 – the University Chamber Choir teamed up with the legendary Glyndebourne Touring Opera at the Marlowe Theatre to provide choral support for their production of Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain.

  • 18th November 2016 – oboist James Turnbull and pianist Libby Burgess provided a programme of music exploring light and shade before teaching and taking questions from our students.

  • 10th February 2017 – award winning early music stars, soprano Kate Semmens and pianist Steven Devine coached and performed a repertoire from London’s eighteenth century pleasure gardens.

  • 17th February 2017 – eastern melodies and cinematic soundscapes from acoustic violin and guitar duo, Papillon, in Anselm Studios, preceded by an explorative workshop into the finer points of the industry.

  • 20th February 2017 – Luis Tabuenca performed and lectured upon a variety of premiere works for percussion and electronics as part of Contemporary Music Day.

  • 21st February 2017 – a  journey through ancient music from Mesopotamia and Medieval England to the present day with ethereal vocalist Stef Conner.

  • 22nd February 2017 – St Greg’s filled to the brim with the Band of the Corps of the Royal Engineers, performing with military precision and explaining the ins and outs of a career in Army music.

  • 23rd February 2017 – a trip to our Broadstairs Campus for the chilled vibes of Dwell Bar accented by the soulful and funky RUM Band, with the opportunity for our students to jam up on stage with the talented eight-piece.

  • 17th March 2017 – principal woodwind players of the internationally renowned Philharmonia Orchestra gave a special intimate performance of timeless classics for our students ahead of their sell-out concert series at the Marlowe Theatre.

  • 28th April 2017 – classical chart-topping British vocal ensemble VOCES8 performed a range of works from renaissance polyphony to contemporary arrangements before providing performance techniques and industry tips to our current top flight University ensembles.

And all this without mentioning additional special events and opportunities, such as the Christmas Concert, Annual Cathedral Concert, the Summer Prom Concert and of course the annual end of year musical, CHESS.

We look forward to the exciting events programme for academic year 2017/2018!