Crossing Over is a choral composition by PhD composer and sound artist Emily Peasgood. Marking the anniversary of approximately 140 enslaved Africans on the slave ship Zong on 29 November 1781, Crossing Over will reference the transatlantic slave trade and the crossing over of migrants into the UK. Crossing Over will be performed at 4pm 29 November 2016 at Turner Contemporary.
The next in our series of Tutor Tuesdays is Stina Sommerlade, one of our lecturers in dance. Find her at @
Motion Alpha Dance Company, lead by Masters students James Middleton and Aaron Smith are helping to bring dance to a new generation of boys. The pair run all male creative dance classes that use movement to build physical confidence, co-ordination, movement vocabulary and sequences, imagination and creativity. The classes are taught by the two, who are graduates from Canterbury Christ Church University and are experienced in teaching dance with a range of ages and stages.
The Kent and Medway Collaborative Network has spoken about us, and details can be found below:
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 work will premiere with 70 singers and a beat boxer on Sunday 17th January 2016 inside the lift at Turner Contemporary, before touring public lifts throughout the United Kingdom. Conceptual artist and PhD student Emily Peasgood aims to challenge where live music is traditionally performed and to bring ‘piped’ background music ‘Muzak’ to the forefront, through a live musical installation of lift music that cannot be ignored.
For more information please visit: www.empeasgood.com
School of Music and Performing Arts:
Overview of QR-funded projects 2014-15:
- 58 projects in 14 countries
- Projects across the UK and in Ireland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, Nigeria, Benin, Canada, USA and Mexico
Types of activity:
- 15% presentation of papers at UK conferences
- 15% CD recordings/studio work in the UK
- 9% costs or teaching relief associated with monographs
- 9% CD recordings/studio work in Europe (Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Holland)
- 7% presentation of papers at European conferences (Germany, Czech Republic, Portugal, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden)
- 6.5% performances within MPA
- 6% presentation of papers at North American conferences (USA, Canada)
- 4% support for staff re: PhD study (travel costs)
- 4% filming costs
- 3% keynote lectures (Poland)
- 3% presentation of paper at African conferences (Benin)
- 3% software development
- 3% UK conference attendance
- 3% funding of concert series
- 3% MPA symposia
Overall percentage of QR funding:
- 6% study leaves
- 7% research seminars
- 25% 0.2FTE SLs + Visiting Professors
- 62% staff research projects and PhD student support
This year we present three parallel research seminar series at Canterbury Christ Church University and Turner Contemporary in Margate:
Research Series in Music: Based in Canterbury, covering topics such as historical performance and Musicology.
The seminars are held on Thursdays, 17:00–18:00 in the Powell Lecture Theatre, Canterbury Christ Church University (please note that the 29 Oct. will be in the Laud Building, Lg16). These lectures last approximately 45 minutes, followed by a question and answer session. They are open to the public and are followed by an informal reception.
- 15 Oct. Dr. Geoffrey Chew (Royal Holloway) ‘Humoresque? You must be joking’
- 29 Oct. Dr Robert G. Rawson (CCCU) ‘Žižek, Freud and Kafka—analysing matriarchy in Janáček’s Jenůfa and Káťa Kabanová’
- 12 Nov. Dr. Ann Van Allen-Russel (Trinity-Laban) ‘The 18th-century origins of musical copyright law’
- 3 Dec. Dr. Vanessa Hawes (CCCU) ‘: ‘What can empirical musicology do for analysis?’’
Oscillate at Turner Contemporary: based at this world-leading art gallery in Margate, this series of public events is designed to share ideas and creative work in the areas of sound, music, and listening in the 21st century.
Through talks, performances, and screenings, the series aims to create a platform for thinkers and practitioners at the forefront of their fields to share their work. Building upon an already strong foundation of visual art and design activity in Thanet, these events will explore the significance of sound and music in contemporary culture. Timings of events connect with various exhibitions at Turner Contemporary: please see below for details.
- 10th October, 18.00-19.00 –Oscillate at Turner Contemporary: Evan Parker (free for CCCU staff and students)
(Part of the ‘Risk’ opening day celebration at Turner Contemporary )
World-renowned saxophonist Evan Parker has devoted his career to free improvisation, a musical practice situated at the edge of the unknown. In this special session at Turner, Parker will respond to the exhibition theme of ‘risk’ through a personal take on Samuel Beckett’s 1958 work,”Krapp’s Last Tape”.
- 2nd December, 18.00-19.00 –Oscillate at Turner Contemporary: Matthew Herbert (free for CCCU staff and students)
Matthew Herbert’s use of sound to engage directly with social and political issues has made him one of the most relevant musical voices of his generation. This artist’s talk will reflect on a creative practice that is characterised by risk on multiple levels.
‘Performing Arts Series: In Dialogue with…’ Based in Canterbury, will focus on ‘Affective Engagement through Performance’. Each seminar will explore this in relation to a subsidiary area such as affect and risk, body, technology and will culminate in a one-day symposium in July.
- Wednesday 26 Oct 2015, 13.00-14.30 – Members of CCCU Staff
- Wednesday 25th Nov 2015, 13.00-14.30 – Dr. Angela Pickard with guest speaker
- Wednesday 24th Feb 2016, 13.00-14.30 – ‘Psychophysical Acting’ Dr. Kene Igweonu with Philip Zarrilli
- Wednesday 23rd March, 2016: 13.00-14.30 – Affective engagements in British Theatre Marissia Fragkou and Martin Heaney
- Wednesday 11th May, 2016: 13.00-14.30 – Andy Hurst with Melissa Trimingham
- Early July (tbc) ‘Affect, Risk and Performance’ one day symposium
I spoke to audience member Adam Byard (3rd year BMus student) who said:
“I really enjoyed William and David (Knott)’s execution of the Ireland piece (Lent Lilly) – I’m a huge fan of Ireland’s work and it was a great harmonic contrast to what came before it.”
Thanks to David Knotts for accompanying the singers.
|William Hamilton-Box (left) and Keiran Seymour (right) performing as joint winners of the Larissa Lovelock Memorial prize this year. David Knotts accompanies both.|