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Friday 1 June – Saturday 9 June

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Summer Music Week


Come and help us celebrate music at Kent!


Summer Music Week provides a glimpse of all the music-making by our students, staff and the local community which takes place throughout the whole year, both on and off-campus. Full programme below.


Friday 1 June, The Crypt, Canterbury Cathedral, 7.30pm  

Blue by Adam De VillePergolesi Stabat Mater


University of Kent Chamber Choir and Consort

Daniel Harding, Matthew Cooke conductors


Pergolesi’s expressive, vivid Baroque masterpiece, rich in colour and fiery drama in a version for full choir, with a first half of music from Tallis to Russell Hepplewhite.

In memory of David Humphreys whose fund continues to sponsor this annual concert in memory of his wife, Julia


T: Full £13 / Unreserved £7: click here


Image: Blue by Adam De Ville


Sunday 3 June, The Bandstand, Deal, 2.30pm  

Big Band at the BeachUniversity of Kent Big Band
Band at the Beach!


Ian Swatman conductor

Soak up some sunshine and swing!


Admission free


Mon 4 June, The Undercroft, Eastbridge Hospital, High Street, Canterbury, 1.10pm  

Ancient manuscriptThe Lost Consort

Daniel Harding conductor


The University's vocal consort in a sequence of medieval plainsong and Renaissance polyphony, in the historic twelfth-century Undercroft of the Pilgrim's Hospital in the heart of the city.


Admission free, retiring collection in aid of the Pilgrim's Hospital


Monday 4 June, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 5.15pm  

Four by Four


Student vocal and string quartets come together for a programme of music including Mendelssohn, Brahms and movements from Dvořák's American string quartet.


Admission free



Tuesday 5 June, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm

Concert HallLunchtime Concert
University Music Scholars

Daniel Harding piano


Showcasing some of our Scholars. This concert will be followed by the awarding of this year’s University Music Prizes


Admission free


Wednesday 6 June, Colyer-Fergusson foyer-stage, 1.10pm  

Dvorak In Da House!

Lydia Cheng, Alice Nixon violins

Molly Richetta viola

Alexandra Deacon-Viney cello


The re-scheduled performance of Dvorak's 'American' string quartet, performed on the foyer-stage by student string-players.


T: admission free


Wednesday 6 June, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm  

Summertime Swing
University of Kent Concert Band and Big Band

TrumpetIan Swatman conductor


The University Concert Band and Big Band come together for a final foot-tapping flourish. The usual mix of Concert Band classics and swing standards and vocal numbers, plus some guest appearances, will send the year out in style.



T: Full £13/Students £7: click here


Thursday 7 June, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm  

Magic boxBox of Tricks


Student musicians, accompanied by Dan Harding, in a musical kaleidoscope including songs by Sondheim and James Macmillan, a duet by Mozart, a gyspy-inspired showpiece for violin and a nimble flute duet by Doppler.


Admission free


Thursday 7 June, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 5.15pm  

String SinfoniaString Sinfonia

Floriane Peycelon director


Showcasing our student string-players in a miscellany of music from Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams - and maybe even some folk-fiddling!


Admission free


Friday 8 June, Colyer-Fergusson foyer-stage, 1.10pm  

Oom Pah BandThe Oom Pah Band


The student brass quintet will have a blast in the foyer - everything from Hallelujah to Band of Brothers and The Incredibles.


Admission free



Friday 8 Jun, St Mary of Charity Church, Faversham


University of Kent Cecilian Choir and String Sinfonia


Ola Gjeilo Sunrise Mass


Daniel Harding conductor


Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjeilo wrote his Mass for double choir and string orchestra in 2007, and its lyricism and accessibility have now established the work firmly in the choral repertoire. The first half of the concert will feature the University String Sinfonia in a programme of music celebrating the English countryside.


T: Full £10 / Concessions £5 (on the door only)


Saturday 9 June, Colyer-Fergusson foyer-stage, 2.15pm  

CellistThe Limoncellos

Rachel Waltham director


Proving that the Symphony Orchestra's cello section can have the tunes - including ABBA numbers, Piazzolla and Scott Joplin.


Admission free



Saturday 9 June, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 3pmcupcake

Music for a Summer's Day

University Chorus, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Susan Wanless, Daniel Harding, Matthew Cooke conductors


A fun, fond and fizzing musical farewell to the academic year, followed by the annual sumptuous cream tea on the lawn. The concert will include music by Khachaturian, Johann Strauss and the finale of the 1812 overture - so it should go with a bang!

T:Full £15 / Student & Children £8 - to include cream tea: click here


Other concerts
Friday 22 Jun, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 6pm  

Pacifism and PierrotPacifism and Pierrot


Jennifer Witton soprano/narrator
Lana Bode piano


This concert of French song and piano music is a journey through the pleasures and pain of war-time life. The programme explores themes of pacifism, feminism and equality in rarely performed music by Tailleferre and Boulanger alongside familiar favourites by Debussy and Poulenc. The programme culminates in a concert performance of Debussy’s toy-soldier ballet La boîte à joujoux, narrated by Jennifer Witton (Royal Shakespeare Company).


There will be a free pre-concert panel of talks in Woolf Lecture Theatre from 4 -5.15pm.


T: £10 / Unwaged and Students (ID on the door) £5: click here for tickets

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