It’s that time of the week again! Here is our interview with Robert Stillman who teaches Commercial Music over on our Broadstairs Campus.
Sam Hughes, a graduate of our Ba Commercial Music is one of our music technicians at our campus in Broadstairs. His latest project, a brand new album with a twist ( pun intended) has been recently released.
The new album is called ‘Soft Out of Seventeen’ is the follow up to two other albums that are available online: ‘Wasting Time’ and ‘Anything Again’. It is one hour of continuous music, journeying through 70s-inspired prog rock, electronic beats, bossa grooves and ambient sound design. It also finishes where it begins, so if played on repeat it behaves like a möbius strip of audio, with no beginning and no end.
The album was recorded in the main studio on the Broadstairs campus of Canterbury Christ Church and almost all of the instruments and were performed by himself, save for a couple of guest drummers (including CCCU’s very own Ben Horner) and a guest guitar solo from James Dean, Our subject leader for Music at Broadstairs.
Sam is currently in the process of releasing it digitally on iTunes/Amazon/Google Play/CDBaby etc where it will be available to buy as one long track for just 99p on selected websites.
For more of Sam’s work, head to Sam Flastic Hughes on iTunes and check out his other albums before this one is released!
On 25th November we will be doing the first of our cross campus university gigs, showcasing the best of the second year university students in Commercial Music. Performing a wide range of popular music, the evening is sure to be packed.
Tickets will be free, but follow the link below to reserve your tickets and save missing out.
The event is being held on the Canterbury Christ Church Campus at the Anselm Studio 1 from 7:30pm.
September saw the move of the Performing Arts students from Folkestone to Canterbury. To celebrate the merge, the Department for Music and Performing Arts hosted LaunchFest (26th-28thSeptember): a mixture of Music, Dance and Drama performances from Christ Church staff and students. With a packed programme over three days spanning three different locations, three performance disciplines and four centuries of works over twelve performances, we were never short of something to do, and I even managed to see every concert!
As part of the LaunchFest volunteer crew, my main role was to manage the concerts in St. Gregory’s Centre for Music. This meant ensuring the performers had all the resources they needed, the technicians were happy, and everything was working correctly so the concerts would run smoothly. The importance of each of these tasks meant that once the concert was underway, we all felt a sense of pride and accomplishment – this was increased ten fold at the end of the festival itself!
I spoke to Dr. Michelle Castelletti, the module leader, after the concert:
“I am so proud of you all. Everyone worked hard – the performers, the conductors and the arrangers who produced some fantastic arrangements this last term. Conducting and Arranging is a popular course – it brings out the individuality of the students; they express themselves, create music, interpret it and make music together, and that is what music is all about”.
Well done to all involved and special thanks to all the extra musicians who helped out in the performance!
I spoke to Sara Wilson before the concert who said,
“I’m a little nervous but I have practiced sufficiently, so it should be fine! I’m looking forward to the concert; there‘s something in it for everyone”.
Laura Stephen said after her performance,
“I felt a strong sense of achievement, all the hard work has paid off at last! I’m very excited for next year and all the performance opportunities, but I’m feeling very relieved it’s all done”.
Students from all years, as well as staff from the department and members of the public, attended to show their support, and there was a real sense of pride and achievement felt by all – well done, first years!
Kelly Butler, BMus Year 2
The next lunchtime concert will be in St Gregory’s at 1.00pm on 12th June: a celebration of Chamber Music featuring students in all years of the BMus and BA Music at CCCU, as well as some alumni.
This concert is Directed by Martin Outram of the Maggini Quartet, and is dedicated to the memory of Carmel Kaine, one of our wonderful violin teachers and an inspiring musician and teacher, who passed away recently.