Book your tickets for the annual School of Music and Performing Arts Musical Thoroughly Modern Millie which will involve around 60 of our talented students – onstage, backstage, or playing in the live band!
One of our lecturers, Chris Price will be presenting a paper entitled “The Canterbury Catch Club: a performance of class” at a conference on Iconography of the Performing Arts, entitled “Decoration of Performance Space: Meaning and Ideology”, which will be held from 17 to 20 May 2016, at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice.
This paper will interrogate the well-known print of the Canterbury Catch Club dating from 1826 in order to reveal the performative essence of the picture, aiming to show that this carefully calibrated representation is concerned, above all, to depict the club its members wanted to present both to themselves and to the outside world. With all the trappings of nineteenth-century class and culture clearly on display, it is a masterclass in the performance of class.
This is a link to the Call for Papers: http://www.ictmusic.org/group/103/post/13th-symposium-call-papers
This week, we spoke to our Senior Lecturer and Technical Director Andy Hurst about his work here at Canterbury Christ Church University, and his personal research.
Yesterday we were treated to a Lunchtime Concert by the amazing Broadway Choir, originated and conducted by Phil Hornsey. We started the performance with a stunning rendition of Circle of Life by Elton John and Tim Rice. The solos by Phillip McParland, Francesca Manklelow, and Bethany Hunt were wonderful and folded straight back into the ensemble.
Next we had two numbers from the hit musical Rent, Seasons of Love and No Day But Today. The numbers were beautifully harmonised with stunning solos from many students throughout.
After this we moved onto a brilliant medley of the best of Rogers and Hammerstein, using numbers such as The Hills are Alive (Introduced to us by Bethany Couch who if you closed your eyes sounded exactly like Julie Andrews!), Oklahoma and South Pacific.
Following this was the hauntingly performed Bring Him Home from Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Alain Boublil. This version gave us a harmony which does not exist in the original but having heard this should do.
To bring the mood back up after this we heard a song from I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change called Cantata for First Date, showing us two people getting ready for the first date. This was hilariously performed by all with great timing and facial expressions to boot.
The show was finished up with a lovely duo of Day by Day from Godspell and In the Beginning from Children of Earth. Once again we heard strong solos from members of the group, showcasing the wealth of talent that this company of singers has.
A special mention for Nicola, who was our guide through the musical numbers for the afternoon and gave us brilliant insights to the history of the pieces, as well as the wonderful Phil who not only accompanied the numbers but arranged some of the pieces as well.
Definitely a performance to look out for again, let’s see what they do next time. For videos from the performance, check out our Facebook page here!