Paul Patterson’s Music at the Southbank Centre
The Second in our Tutor Tuesdays series looks at the work of Panos Ghikas, our of our tutors in Music at our Broadstairs campus. Inside are some links to just a few pieces created by him!
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This lunchtime we were treated to a concert by the University Big Band, lead by the Wonderful Steve Waterman. The concert consisted of five numbers, chosen to show off the brilliant playing and improvisational skills of the performers. Each of the performances were seamless, with Waterman’s careful but precise conducting. He would always stand to the side during a solo so that the audience could appreciate it better, but then bring all of the band’s attention back to the piece with the slightest of gestures. Coupling this with the laid back style of music made the atmosphere much more relaxed and enjoyable.
The pieces were a wonderful contrast to each other. From the bluesy Sandu by Clifford Brown and the wonderfully sweet Little Sunflower by Freddie Hubbard to the upbeat and cheerful Killer Joe by Benny Golson, the beautifully moving A Child is Born by Thad Jones to the New Orleans funeral march Red Vest Man by our very own conductor and composer Steve Waterman that made you want to get up and salute the bygone heroes of the ’40’s and then have a great big swing dance afterwards
(I think you can tell which was my favourite piece).
The solos by the performers were spectacular, made even more so by the fact that they were improvised. A beautiful moment passed during one solo in which Jason (guitar) gave an appreciative smile towards Ben ( piano) during the latter’s solo in one of the numbers. It is such moments as this that make you realised not only are these students incredibly talented, but they respect and build up each other’s talent and strength in doing so. the only thing i could say was that the stunning piano solos by Ben and the guitar solos by Jason whilst reminiscent of the Modern Jazz Quartet were sometimes not loud enough to be fully heard and therefore appreciated more. Thankfully, the brilliant trumpet players Matt, Ayla and Adam, as well as drummer Chris had no such problems.
A special mention must be made to Anne Louise Jones, William Marsh and Evie Lawrence who stepped into the band at the last minute to cover performers who were unfortunately unwell. ( Evie stepped in less than an hour before the concert!) If it had not been mentioned at the start i genuinely believe that you would not have realised that they were there from day 0 given the way that the band worked perfectly through the pieces.
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.
LIFTED is a choral installation created and composed by Emily Peasgood for performance by a live choir and beat boxer. Emily is a PhD student and sessional lecturer at the School of Music and Performing Arts.
The Last in our Series for Research at Work, Erica Buurman, one of our Senior Lecturers Talks about her work.
Following on, here is some of the work by one of our Senior Lecturers Maria Varvarigou.
So last week we heard from Dr Vanessa Hawes about her work, this week we have Dr Robert Rawson, Reader in Musicology and Performance.
We finished the term this year with our spectacular Christmas Concert, performed by some of the university choirs and ensembles. Our room in Augustine Hall had been festively lit, courtesy of the Brilliant tech department, and the stage was set for the performers. I should apologise now. I had fully intended to take pictures to share here of all the performers, but near to the end of the first act i realised i had been so enraptured by the vocalists and the ensembles that i had forgotten to lift my phone to take any pictures. ( again, the Tech Team came to my rescue having taken some footage themselves, which will be added to our social media.)
We started with the University Chorus, an ensemble open to anyone and directed by our Director of Music, David Allinson. They sang with great enthusiasm and we were all particularly amused by the split choir, with one half on either side of the room singing in perfect time. Following this was the University Symphonic Orchestra and the University String Orchestra, both conducted by Martin Outram. The pieces were wonderful, Particularly the Haydn Piece Symphony No.103. Utilising the best players, the piece was well rounded and lovely to hear.
After the interval we have the Brilliant Top Voices, a 13 piece strong Female vocal group lead by Chris Price. They performed 6 short pieces all detailing different aspects of the Christmas story. The pieces were beautifully sung, My personal favourite being Maria Matrem Virginem by Michael McGlynn which was hauntingly lovely. Following them were the University Wind Ensemble, conducted by John Harle and Alan Rooke. These performed brought the pieces to life with their brilliant and sharp performances, Especially Gustav Holst’s Suite in F Major. Here I must commend the Flautist Lizzie White, who not only played the Flute brilliantly, but also the Piccolo, switching deftly between the two.
Finally we were treated to Pieces from the Chamber Choir, a trio of beautiful Choral numbers, before rounding off with a festive number; Have yourself a Merry little Christmas. Under the direction of David Allison, these well arranged pieces became a fitting end to a lovely evening.
From what i heard from the audience as they left, this performance was a resounding success, made only better by a few small Hero moments i would like to share.
The first is to the brilliant violin pair whose battle against the Air-conditioner meant that their music fell from their stands several times. However, they played on as well as any professional i have seen, particularly when one of them held the page with her bow so that the other could play.
And to the soloists of the evening, Ellie German, Emily Prest and Robin Davis, as well as all those in the Music Ensembles. Your voices were lovely and incredibly clear and we commend you for you wonderful performances.