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University supports Sounds New and contemporary British composers

26 April 2012

A series of newly composed fanfares by Canterbury Christ Church University music students will herald the start of this year's Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival.

The ‘Fanfares from the Roof Tops’ is the first of many events that the University will be hosting as a partner of Sounds New, one of Britain’s major contemporary music festivals.

This year’s festival (4–15 May), titled ‘Theme GB’, focuses on and celebrates the extraordinary work of British composers and performers, particularly after 1950. The festival programme will showcase new contemporary pieces as well as classics written by the great contemporary masters.

The opening evening events on Friday 4 May are to be held in the University’s Augustine Hall and will welcome Honorary Fellow Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in conversation and the London Sinfonietta.

Appointed Master of the Queen’s Music in 2004, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, making a significant contribution to contemporary music history. His work spans five decades and a broad range of styles, but for Sounds New he will be introducing his piece A Mirror of Whitening Light, to be played later in the evening by the London Sinfonietta.

Other events supported by the University include lunchtime concerts at St. Gregory’s throughout the festival, themed talks and an international conference hosted by the Department of Music and Performing Arts.

The New Music in Britain conference, supported by the Institute of Musical Research and the Society for Music Analysis, will run from Thursday 10  to Saturday, 12 May. Building on the festival’s GB theme, the conference will provide an overview of the latest scholarly work on British contemporary music composition, music-making and musicology. Other topics to be discussed include compositional and analytical aspects of individual British composers, repertoires and styles, performance practice, British opera, film music and earlier twentieth-century music that explore legacy issues.

For further details about the conference visit: www.cccubritishmusic.org.uk.

For information on all the performances and the Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival visit: www.soundsnew.org.uk. Tickets for all performances are available from The Marlowe Theatre on 01227 787787 or online from www.marlowetheatre.com .

 

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

•We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.

•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).

•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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