Making music

Choir standing in a semi-circle facing a conductor

Making Music at Kent

Open to all students: whatever you study

The University of Kent has a flourishing programme of music and students from all subjects, together with staff and the local community, have the opportunity to get involved in a wide-range of extra-curricular music activities.

Whatever you study: make music!

From choral singing to orchestral playing, big band swing, concert band repertoire, string orchestra, musical theatre and more

As well as the many concerts in the award-winning Colyer-Fergusson Hall, there are also opportunities to perform in other venues, including the spectacular surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral and other historic and exciting spaces around the region.

If you sing or play an instrument you can join the Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Concert and Big Bands and Chamber Choir, who rehearse weekly for public concerts each term. Many other ensembles and bands are formed each year, and budding soloists and conductors also have a chance to develop their talents.

The Music Department presents a regular series of Lunchtime Concerts in Colyer-Fergusson Hall and foyer, which feature both professional and University performers, and also promotes a number of prestigious evening concerts each year. These have included the Brodsky Quartet, I Fagiolini, the folk group Fara, and the London Community Gospel Choir. There are often opportunities to attend afternoon workshops with visiting musicians

Many other musical events take place across the University. The Gulbenkian hosts an array of music events ranging from classical and jazz to pop, world and folk.  

Members of the Glyndebourne Touring Orchestra / Pit Perfect Scheme in a workshop with the University String Sinfonia in Colyer-Fergusson Hall

Glyndebourne Touring Orchestra workshop

with the University String Sinfonia, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, November 2021