On Saturday the 24th of September, rising stars and graduate success story – The Thirteen Club – will join an array of talent presented across the whole weekend for the 11th staging of Margate’s Jazz Festival.
At the beginning of the month, our Broadstairs campus welcomed the amazing bass player Michael Janisch. The american producer, record label holder and performer gave a masterclass along with his band to our music students before performing at wonderful concert. Here is Hannah Jacobi’s account on the day:
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.
Well done to all who took part!
by Kelly Butler, BMus Year 2
|The Band battle the elements…|
|The excellent rhythm section!|
|Katie sings as Peter conducts|
|Chris Beach’s saxophone playing is so powerful, it emits a blinding light…|
Photos by Michelle Castelletti.