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The sounds of a new cultural partnership

03 July 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University has become principal partner and sponsor of the international Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival.

(From left, back row): Michelle Castelletti, Festival Manager; Roderick Watkins, Dean of Arts and Humanities; Professor Paul Edlin, Sounds New Artistic Director; Richard Finn, Board Director. (From left, front row): Professor Robin Baker CMG, Vice-Chancellor and Ian Odges, Chair of the Sounds New Board of Directors
(From left, back row): Michelle Castelletti, Festival Manager; Roderick Watkins, Dean of Arts and Humanities; Professor Paul Edlin, Sounds New Artistic Director; Richard Finn, Board Director. (From left, front row): Professor Robin Baker CMG, Vice-Chancellor and Ian Odges, Chair of the Sounds New Board of Directors

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin Baker CMG, and Ian Odgers, Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise the partnership.

The University has enjoyed a close relationship with Sounds News for a number of years, hosting world-class concerts and performances across its venues.

The partnership will ensure Music students enjoy first-hand experience of the Festival, from involvement in event management to the extensive range of performances. It will also ensure the University provides ongoing access to its facilities, including the newly refurbished St Gregory’s Centre for Music and the new Maxwell Davies Building, officially opening in October this year.

Professor Robin Baker said: “Our connection with Sounds New has grown significantly over the last few years and we are delighted to enter into an official partnership in which our students, the University and the Festival continue to benefit.

“Sounds New and our Department of Music have international reputations, so the opportunity for association and collaboration is significant and exciting.”

Chair of Sounds New Board of Directors Ian Odgers said: “Our relationship with Canterbury Christ Church University has burgeoned in recent times and has been absolutely critical to the significant success of Sounds New.  I am delighted to have it consolidated in this historic Memorandum of Understanding and I am thrilled at the prospect of working even more closely to achieve further major mutual benefits for both the Festival and the University.”

The University has strong connections with arts and culture organisations across the region, as Partner and Principal Sponsor of the Canterbury Festival, and in its partnerships with Southbank Sinfonia and the Maggini Quartet.

Its Department of Music and Performing Arts is also nationally and internationally recognised, both for performance and research.

For more information about Canterbury Christ Church University’s new music buildings opening in 2012, please visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-humanities/Music/DepartmentHome/Canterbury/FacilitiesCanterbury

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.

  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 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.

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