A fabulous selection of ensembles are up & running at University of Kent (Medway) this year. We're lucky to be in close range of London, so top performers and teachers come down to coach our groups. Importantly, all are OPEN TO ALL – students, staff & the broader community. You can simply turn up on the day and try a group out. All ensembles are open to everyone and are held in The Galvanising Shop Performance Space.

Note: Although you are welcome to simply turn up on the day we would advise ringing or emailing the Old Surgery Student Admin Team, just so we know you're coming and can direct you to the right space!

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University Pop, Rock & Soul Choir

The University Pop, Rock & Soul Choir is led by choir director and vocal coach Kelly Fraser. Kelly has worked as a freelance vocal coach for over 8 years and her industry credits include X Factor, Text Santa, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, Disney & BBC programme The Choir. Kelly writes: “The choir works together to create vibey, innovative arrangements of existing Popular Music repertoire. The sessions are open to all & guaranteed to be up-lifting!”

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the top names in the music business. Don’t miss out!! ALL singers are strongly encouraged to attend.


Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble is directed by Adam De La Cour who has premiered works by composers such as Michael Finnissy, Chris Newman, Matthew Shlomowitz, Alwynne Pritchard, Trond Reinholdsten and Johannes Kreidler. I have performed Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire (vocalist) with Ensemble Reconsil and City Pierrot Players, with past performances in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and The Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna. Notable venues I have performed at include Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, ICA, Queen Elizabeth Hall, National Portrait Gallery, Cafe Oto, The Kitchen (New York), Concertgebouw Bruges, MK Gallery, Modern Art Oxford and Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theatre. I have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, and Kazakhstan tv.


World Percussion Ensemble

Our World Percussion Ensemble is led by Stephen Hiscock, founder of one of the world’s most innovative percussion groups – Ensemble Bash. Stephen studied in Ghana and has premiered works from Steve Reich to Django Bates. Djembes are at the core of this group – but plenty of other wonderful instruments from around the world besides!


Band Forum

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 participants will be encouraged to showcase their work. Multi-award winning sax player, arranger, composer and educator Phil Meadows (Engines Orchestra Founder) takes the groups through their paces.


Jazz Improvisation and Sax/Flute Group

These 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-award winning sax player, arranger, composer and educator Phil Meadows (Engines Orchestra Founder) takes the groups through their paces.



An ever expanding ensemble with a richly varied line-up (all instruments – or composers - welcome) entirely focused this year on part-composed, part-improvised repertoire. Elements of live direction, combined with free improvisation, allow the pieces to be either idiomatically ‘free’ or to traverse genres seamlessly. These new methods of resenting and performing music may sound crazy at first, but trust us, this will be a LOT of fun! Directed by Dr Rich Perks.


Little Big Band (to be confirmed)

Little Big Band is led by jazz and rock lead guitarist Lisa Davies. Line- up is rhythm section plus horns, flutes – and any other front-line instrumentalists that fancy joining in! A very friendly group covering jazz standards, rock and pop repertoire.


Strings Workshop

In the Strings Workshop, contemporary specialist violinist Dr Stelios Chatziiosifidis works on the basics of string sound production, while enhancing players' overall technical skills in different bowings, sound blending and sound projection. The emphasis is on practising difficult sections of the orchestral works, but other repertoire will be briefly explored.


Chamber Music Forum

Interested in duos, trios, quartets, quintets, usual and unusual combinations of instruments? Chamber Music Forum could be for you. Music ranges from Baroque to Tango to Klezmer, including works by Khachaturian, Piazzolla, and Shostakovich. *Composers: – get your small ensemble work performed! Dr Ruth Herbert, Music Lecturer, Head of Performance & founder member of TableMusic ensemble, coaches these groups.


Chamber Ensemble

Chamber Ensemble, directed by Dr Stelios Chatziiosifidis, provides a chance to explore the full breadth of the orchestral sound and familiarise yourself 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, is a great way to advance your musical skills.





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Last Updated: 20/09/2018