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March

Friday 3 March, Canterbury Cathedral Crypt, 7.30pm

University of Kent Chamber Choir and Ensemble

CloudburstFauré Requiem

 

Daniel Harding, Douglas Haycock conductors

 

A new chamber edition by Michael Higgins of Fauré’s sublime setting releases anew its radiant harmonies, set amidst the backdrop of the Cathedral’s evocative Eastern Crypt. Also including works by Purcell, Warlock, Lassus, Alexander Campkin and Alec Roth, the concert presents fragments of dreams, desire, loss, dance, beauty and sleep, culminating in a tranquil vision of redemption and eternal rest in Paradise.

 

T: Full £13/Unreserved £7: click here

 

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


Saturday 4, Sunday 5 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

University of Kent Musical Theatre Society
The Devil’s Masquerade

 

MTS SocietyThe University’s Musical Theatre Society invites you to 'The Devil’s Masquerade' where all hidden desires are revealed. Featuring songs from Into the Woods, Hamilton, Sweeney Todd and Miss Saigon, watch as the masked guests reveal their desires for love and change, power and murder and many more. With the devil as the host this show promises to thrill audiences, and perhaps even convince them to join the party...

 

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


Wednesday 8 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm

ImageGeneral Harding’s Tomfoolery
A Feelin’ You’re Foolin’…

 

Daniel Harding director

 

This twelve-piece dance-band, playing from original band-parts from the 1930s through to the 1950s, bursts back to life with swing classics including Moonlight Serenade, Puttin’ On The Ritz, Lady Is A Tramp and a selection from Singin’ In The Rain and My Fair Lady. There will be dancing…period costumes also welcome!

 

T: Free


Thursday 16 Mar, St Thomas Catholic Church, Burgate, Canterbury, 1.10pm

St ThomasUniversity Cecilian Choir
A European Choral Pilgrimage

 

Daniel Harding conductor

 

Choral music from across Europe including works by JC Bach, Stainer and Ola Gjeilo

 

T: Free, with a retiring collection in aid of the Church Roof Restoration Fund


Friday 17 Mar, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

University of Kent Concert Band and Big Band
SaxophoneKinds of Blue

 

Ian Swatman conductor

 

University musicians will be in full swing for another dazzling evening of Concert Band classics and Big Band standards. The programme will include an excerpt from West Side Story, a medley from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Vaughan Williams’ Folk Song Suite, and the amazing Gordon Goodwin Grammy-award-winning Big Band arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue.

 

T: Full £13/Students £7: click here


Saturday 25 March, Canterbury Cathedral Nave, 7.30pm

ImageThe Colyer-Fergusson Cathedral Concert

University of Kent Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

Susan Wanless conductor

Shaun Dixon tenor
David Stout baritone

 

 

Tchaikovsky – Symphony in B minor, Opus 74, Pathétique
Puccini - Messa di Gloria

 

Come and experience one of the great pioneering symphonies of the nineteenth century. Tchaikovsky described it as “the best thing I ever composed or shall compose” and its innovative structure would influence composers such as Mahler, Shostakovich and Sibelius. The Symphony certainly lives up to its original Russian nickname Patetitčeskaja, meaning ‘passionate’, and runs the whole gamut of emotions, famously ending with an unexpected and devastating Adagio lamentoso.
By contrast, the University Chorus will then be joined by two star soloists from the world of opera for a performance of Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, a gloriously energetic and charming work, full of lovely lyrical passages, rousing tunes and fiendish fugues!

 

T: £22, £18, £14, £10, £8: click here


Sunday 26 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

Kent College musiciansKent College Spring Concert

 

Julian Ross conductor

 

Kent College’s musicians are delighted to be returning to the Colyer-Fergusson Hall for the fifth year running when the school’s choirs and Choral Society will perform the two popular settings of the Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi and John Rutter. The programme will also include William Walton’s Coronation March Crown Imperial, performed by the College Orchestra.

 

T: Full £8/Concessions £6
Tickets sold on behalf of Kent College


Wednesday 29 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm

Tango dancerLunchtime Concert

Tango!

 

Lydia Cheng violin
Faith Chan cello
Daniel Harding piano

 

A piano trio exploration of the tango, including Piazzolla’s colourful Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, featuring two University Music Scholars and the Deputy Director of Music. A simmering programme bursting with fiery passion and swirling drama – if you know how to tango, bring your dancing shoes!

 

T: Free, with suggested donation £3


Friday 31 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm

Minerva VoicesMinerva Voices

In Paradisum

 

Daniel Harding conductor

 

Choral music for upper voices through the ages, from plainsong to a new piece by Russell Hepplewhite

 

T: Free

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