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Friday 2 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7pm

WorldFest: International Showcase


Showcase imageThe ultimate cultural talent contest - come and enjoy the finale of WorldFest 2018 as University of Kent Societies showcase the best music and dance from their cultures in this vibrant and electric event.


T: Free (reserved)


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Friday 2 March, Canterbury Cathedral Crypt, 7.30pm

Pergolesi 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.


T: Full £13 / Unreserved £7
In memory of David Humphreys whose fund continues to sponsor this annual concert in memory of his wife, Julia

Image: Blue by Adam De Ville


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Saturday 3, Sunday 4 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

University of Kent Musical Theatre Society
Spring Showcase


Musical Theatre SocietyCome and enjoy MTS’ annual Spring Showcase, promising an exciting setlist packed with a wide variety of musical theatre songs. All-singing and all-dancing, this showcase will bring to you some of the best talent of our students, providing an evening of musical theatre entertainment not to be missed!


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


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Saturday 10 March, Canterbury Cathedral Nave, 7.30pm

The Colyer-Fergusson Cathedral Concert

The Emperor!University of Kent Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

Lydia Cheng leader
Susan Wanless conductor

Rhiannon Llewellyn soprano
Bethan Langford mezzo-soprano
Satriya Krisna tenor
Thomas Humphreys baritone


Matthew King A Hero Passes (University commission)
Beethoven Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Eroica
Haydn Nelson Mass


Haydn’s magnificent third Mass was originally titled ‘in Angustiis’ (in troubled times) as Napoleon’s army was sweeping across Europe and threatening to invade his native Austria. With news of the French defeat by Lord Nelson at the Battle of the Nile and the subsequent performance of the Mass for the Admiral, its final famous title was coined.

Beethoven’s third symphony was originally to be called ‘Bonaparte’, but with news that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor of France, the composer angrily scratched out the title and instead called the work ‘Eroica’ - a revolutionary work in every sense. The concert begins with the world premiere of a contemporary take on ‘heroism’ by the internationally-acclaimed composer, Matthew King.


T: £22, £18, £14, £10, £8


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Wednesday 14 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm

String SinfoniaLunchtime Concert


University String Sinfonia

Floriane Peycelon director


Talented student string players perform a programme of English music, including works by Warlock, Vaughan Williams and John Ireland, together with John Williams’ 'Dartmoor 1912' from the film War Horse.


T: Free, with suggested donation £3

Friday 16 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

TrumpetUniversity of Kent Concert Band and Big Band



Ian Swatman conductor


Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man heralds another dazzling evening of Concert Band classics and Big Band standards. The programme will include music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen McNeff, Glenn Miller and Gordon Goodwin.


T: Full £13 / Students £7


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Sunday 18 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

East Bridge Chorale with Caritas Chamber Choir


East Bridge Chorale with Caritas Chamber ChoirBeethoven Missa Solemnis


Benedict Preece conductor
Christian Halstead leader


East Bridge Chorale combines with Caritas Chamber Choir to perform one of the most challenging works in the repertoire, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, accompanied by a professional orchestra. A rare opportunity to hear this wonderful work in the beautiful surroundings of the Colyer-Fergusson Hall.


T: £15
Tickets sold on behalf of East Bridge Chorale


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Friday 23 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

Bioscience imagea World in a Grain of Sand
Cellular Dynamics: Sunrise Mass


University of Kent Cecilian Choir and String Sinfonia


Daniel Harding conductor
Dan Lloyd projections


Music meets cutting-edge research in a combination of image and video from the School of Biosciences alongside Ola Gjeilo’s popular, colourful Sunrise Mass, prefaced by works by Whitacre, Stanford and Tavener.


T: £5

NB: running time approx. 1 hour


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Sunday 25 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 5pm

HandelHandel Messiah

Susan Wanless conductor


University and alumni musicians come together for the day to rehearse and perform this most dramatic and well-loved of choral masterpieces.


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Tickets sold in aid of the University Music Fund

Wednesday 28 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm

DebussyLunchtime Concert
Debussy Centenary


Lydia Cheng violin
Natanya Freedman flute
Tom Wust clarinet
Daniel Harding piano


University Music Scholars mark the centenary of the death of Debussy, including Syrinx and a piano trio arrangement of the rhapsodic Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune.


T: Free, with suggested donation £3

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