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Christmas Concerts showcase musical talents

12 November 2008

A number of Christmas concerts will be held in December at Canterbury Christ Church University's St Gregory's Centre for Music, North Holmes Road, Canterbury.

Director of Music at Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Grenville Hancox MBE, said: "The concerts will follow a festival seasonal theme providing further opportunity to demonstrate the excellence of our students’ music making.”

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Christmas concert programme

Wednesday 3rd December 2008
Showcase Concert

1pm: A display of the University’s student vocal and instrumental talent. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. 

Wednesday 10th December 2008
Music Orchestral

1pm: A range of colourful music performed by the University’s Orchestra and String Orchestra, directed by Martin Outram and Paul Max Edlin. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. 

Sunday 14th December 2008
The Christmas Concert

7.30pm: Celebrate A Christmas Celebration with music by Britten, Vivaldi and Lauridsen, together with carols, mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets cost £10; students £4 and the event is open to the public.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Music Department

The Department of Music is an active centre for the composition, production, performance and study of music. Teaching and learning within the Department are enhanced by an active engagement in areas of research including music education, arts and health, musicology, composition and music technology. All students are able to participate in an extensive range of opportunities for music performance.

A full range of programmes are available - from Access to Music and Foundation Degree in Performing Arts, through undergraduate degrees in Music and Commercial Music, to postgraduate degrees of MMus and MPhil/PhD.
The concert calendar represents a range of large and small ensembles, along with the cultivation of solo performance in a high-profile series of musical events. These range in musical style from traditional and contemporary classical music, to commercial music and jazz.

The Canterbury Campus features two electroacoustic studios, an Apple computer music suite as well as multitrack recording at St. Gregory’s Centre for Music. A wide range of sound synthesis and signal processing software is available as a basis for creative sound design.
St. Gregory’s Centre for Music at the Canterbury Campus provides a facility for large ensemble rehearsal, music recording and public performance. Weekly rehearsals and concerts take place in St Gregory's, and the Centre is also the venue for performances by many visiting international artists during the Canterbury and Sounds New Festivals.

The Broadstairs Campus features purpose built facilities for the production and performance of Commercial Music. These facilities currently include two band rehearsal rooms, three songwriting studios, an Apple computer music suite and a 24-track recording studio, with an additional recording studio to be added during 2006-7. Commercial music students regularly perform live in Horizons café/bar at the Broadstairs Campus.

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