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Friday 1 December, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

A Christmas CarolUniversity Cecilian Choir and String Sinfonia

A Christmas Cornucopia


Daniel Harding conductor
Floriane Peycelon leader
William Wollen reader


Start the festive season with a feast of music and readings reflecting the beginning of Christmas, including excerpts from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, carols and seasonal music by Vivaldi, Holst and Tchaikovsky, followed by a free glass of 'Smoking Bishop' punch!


T: £5 (NB: running time approx 75 minutes): click here

Saturday 2, Sunday 3 December, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

University of Kent Musical Theatre SocietyUniversity Musical Theatre Society
On The Run


MTS presents On The Run, a showcase that looks at the lives of a group of people hoping to improve their position in the world, only to become corrupted and imprisoned. Through songs from many hit musicals such as Les Misérables, Chicago, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, we discover the stories of these people, both inside prison, and from outside.


T: Full £8 / Concessions and Students £5
Tickets sold on behalf of Kent Union

Wednesday 6 December, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm


The Society of Strange and Ancient InstrumentsLunchtime Concert
'The Ministry of Angels'
The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments


Three outstanding exponents of Early Music will explore music associated with angels, the maverick and fallen as well as the divine and perfect. Playing some of the instruments that appear in descriptions and depictions of angels through the ages, as well as other strange and ethereal-sounding instruments, they will present traditional tunes, dances, songs and carols in a celebration of these heavenly and occasionally diabolical beings.


T: Free, with a suggested donation of £3

Saturday 9 December, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm


From Darkness to LightUniversity of Kent Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

From Darkness to Light

Susan Wanless conductor


Nielsen Helios Overture
Kodaly Missa Brevis
Fauré Pavane (choral version)
Richard Strauss Symphonic Poem Tod und Verklärung


Two wonderfully powerful orchestral works frame this concert, one depicting the transition from silence and darkness to a glorious sunrise over the Aegean Sea, the other describing the recollections of a dying artist and his transfiguration to the blazing ‘eternal cosmos’ – surely one of the most inspirational finales in the repertoire. Equally uplifting is Kodaly’s Missa Brevis, composed in the basement of the Opera House amidst the bombardment of Budapest in 1944, yet full of moments of great optimism and peace.


T: Full £13 / Students £7

Sunday 10 December, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 3.30pm


Caritas Chamber ChoirCaritas Chamber Choir with Kent Sinfonia
A Classical Christmas Concert


Caritas Chamber Choir in partnership with Kent Sinfonia present Part One and Two of Handel’s Messiah, together with new and exciting seasonal music - a perfect way to start Christmas preparations.


T: £10

Tickets sold on behalf of Caritas Chamber Choir

Tuesday 12 December, Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman, 5.15pm

#EarBox: the String Sinfonia at Studio 3 Gallery

Capturing MovementFloriane Peycelon director


Continuing the #EarBox series combining visual art with live music, the String Sinfonia performs amidst Studio 3's latest exhibition, Capturing Movement, in a programme including music by Vivaldi, Corelli and Peter Warlock.


T: free (NB performance will last approximately 45 mins)

Wednesday 13 December, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 5.15pm

Christmas Swing-AlongUniversity of Kent Big Band
Christmas Swing-Along!


Ian Swatman conductor


The University’s Big Band brings the term to a festive close with its annual medley of the cheesiest Christmas Classics, together with some star turns and plenty of audience carol singing – plus a free glass of mulled wine and mince pies, served with the compliments of the Music Department, in the foyer afterward.


T: Free (reserved)

Sunday 17 December, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 2pm

Kent Music - Wind OrchestraCelebration for Christmas with Kent Music


David Cresswell conductor
Ciara Considine, Karen Hill and Andy Millest choir conductors


The Kent Youth Wind Orchestra joins forces with Kent County Junior Choirs to perform a programme of festive music. The groups return to the hall following two sell-out concerts, so early booking is recommended. The audience will have a chance to join in with carols at this family-friendly event, guaranteed to get you into a festive mood.


T: Full £10 / Concessions £5
Tickets sold on behalf of Kent Music

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