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Questions or queries about extra-curricular music at Kent ? Please get in touch.

Colyer-Fergusson Building, Giles Lane, Canterbury CT2 7NB

Telephone: +44 (0)1227 827335


Music department staff

Three students in concert-dress

Music Society (l-r): Sara Davies, Harriet Wilde, Lois Cocker, Ellie Gould

Music Society

  • Lucy Fernando (President) (Biomedical Science) 
  • Sara Davies (Secretary) ((Psychology)
  • Charlotte Farmer (Treasurer) (Wildlife Conservation)
Head of Music Performance, Dan Harding
Ady Kerry.

Head of Music Performance: Daniel Harding

A former Music Scholar at Lancing College, Daniel read Music at York University, specialising in French piano repertoire. He was awarded a Major Research Fellowship in Conducting, after conducting Britten’s first operetta, Paul Bunyan, working with Donald Mitchell, and Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, as well as works by Mahler and Dvorak, as an undergraduate.

During his post-graduate studies, he went on to conduct the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the University Choir and Chamber Choir, as well as various New Music ensembles. He also founded the Early Classical Orchestra, focusing on historically-informed performances from the period. He also conducted Steve Reich'sTehillim on the Contemporary Music Studies course at Bretton Hall College, Wakefield. Other roles have included Director of the Senior and Junior Choirs at York Minster Songschool, and a Lecturer in Music for ten years in Further Education.

Daniel is an experienced accompanist and repetiteur. He is also a keen jazz pianist, and has performed at various venues including the Water Rats, King’s Cross, Pizza on the Park, Knightsbridge and at the Poco Loco club in Sardinia as part of the Jazz Festival. Daniel conducts the University Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir, and founded the University Cecilian Choir, the Sirocco Ensemble, String Sinfonia, the upper-voices choir Minerva Voices and a twelve-piece dance-band performing from original scores from the 1930's and 40's, General Harding's Tomfoolery.

He also writes and edits the department blog, Music Matters and blogs about choral music at the University on Cantus Firmus.

Away from the University, Daniel is a member of the Advisory Board for the Wise Words Festival. Dan is on Twitter @modernmusicdan

Telephone+44 (0)1227 823625

Room: Colyer-Fergusson Building, 1-10

OFFICE HOURS Welcome week

Monday 16 September - Friday 20 September: 10.30am - 12.30pm & 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Music Administrator Sophie Meikle playing double bass
Mick Norman.

University Music Administrator: Sophie Meikle

A Philosophy graduate of the University of Kent, Sophie is the Administrator for both the Music Department and the Colyer-Fergusson Building. She is also an accomplished musician, singing with University ensembles and playing double bass.

EmailSophie Meikle

Telephone: +44 (0)1227 827335

Room: 171, Gulbenkian


Monday 16 September - Friday 20 September: 10.30am - 12.30pm & 2.30pm - 4.30pm  

Visiting Music Staff

Alex Caldon trumpet

Alex Callanan bassoon

Peter Cook saxophone

Michelle Harris voice

Linda Hirst voice

Matthew King piano

Geoff Mason trombone

Floriane Peycelon violin

Colin Reid trombone

Ian Swatman clarinet and saxophone

Sara Thorpe viola

Simon Thorpe voice

Rachel Waltham cello

Stina Wilson flute

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