The Music Department runs a full and varied performance programme, which includes guest lectures, master classes and regular performances by our choirs, orchestras and ensembles. If you are an orchestral musician, then we will ensure that you have the opportunity to practice and perform in an orchestra during your studies. Students on the BMus Music, BMus Popular Music and the new BA (Hons) Music and English & American Literature courses receive a generous allocation of individual tuition on their main instrumental/vocal study throughout the academic year.
The University’s extensive performance facilities include soundproofed practice rooms, rehearsal rooms as well as several performance spaces on both Medway and Canterbury campuses – further information on these can be found under our facilities page. A current outline of ensembles and classes are provided below. The School also features regular acousmatic performances with live spatialisation using the MAAST multichannel system.
For details of concerts and Masterclasses please see the School's 'What's On' brochure.
Instrumental and Vocal Tutors
Brass and Woodwind
Piano and Keyboard
Drums and Percussion
Staff biographies can be found online at http://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/staff/index.html.
Department Ensembles 2016/17
University Orchestra (Medway) – led by Dr. Stelios Chatziiosifidis
In the orchestra students will have the chance to explore the full breadth of the orchestral sound and familiarise themselves with different styles of performance, ranging from classical, baroque to pop. The discipline of orchestral playing, involving attentive ensemble playing and awareness of other parts, will be an invaluable part of your musical development.
University Choir (Medway) – led by Dr. Stelios Chatziiosifidis
String Group – led by Dr. Stelios Chatziiosifidis
In the string group, students will be able to work on the basics of string sound production, while enhancing their overall technical skills in different bowings, sound blending and sound projection. The emphasis will remain on practising difficult sections of the orchestral works, but other repertoire will be briefly explored.
Pop, Rock and Soul Choir – led by Kelly Fraser
The Pop, Rock & Soul Choir will be led by choir director and vocal coach Kelly Fraser, who is currently working on this year’s X Factor. The choir will work together to create vibey, innovative arrangements of existing Popular Music repertoire. The session is open to all & guaranteed to be up-lifting.
Band Forum – led by Dr. Richard Perks
Predominantly geared towards level 1 students (though not exclusively!), Band Forum provides an opportunity for students to form bands and rehearse, whilst gaining advice and guidance from an experienced practitioner. There will be several department-led gigs throughout the academic year at which Band Forum participants will be encouraged to showcase their work. This year sessions will be held in the Smitheries, at 17:00 - 21:00 on Tuesday evenings; the first hour of which will be coached by Dr. Rich Perks.
Chamber Music Forum - led by Dr. Ruth Herbert
Interested in duos, trios, quartets, quintets, usual and unusual combinations of instruments? Chamber Music Forum could be for you. The 'invitation only' ensemble repertoire this year ranges from Baroque to Tango to Klezmer, including a chamber version of Bach's Keyboard Concerto in F minor, trios by Khachaturian, Piazzolla, and Shostakovich. Apart from that there's plenty of possibilities. * Got a piece you're interested in trying? We may be able to get the music for you. *Composers: - get your small ensemble work performed!
Improvisation Ensemble – mixed ensemble led by Phil Meadows
The improvisation groups tackle all the important information for those wanting to explore their music in new ways, find fresh ideas for composition or bust out those face-melting solos. Over the year we’ll be exploring how to build those killer improvs, work well as a band and more as we improvise through pop, jazz and classical repertoire allowing you the chance to bring your ideas to the table.
Multi Guitar Ensemble – led by James Woodrow
Little Big Band – led by Lisa Davies
World Percussion Ensemble – led by Stephen Hiscock
Student Union and Student Association music society groups
- Symphony Orchestra (Canterbury) – led by Susan Wanless
- Chamber Choir (Canterbury) – led by Dan Harding
- University Concert Band (Canterbury) – led by Ian Swatman
- University Big Band (Canterbury) – led by Ian Swatman
- City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra
- City of Rochester Symphony Chorus