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St Gregory's Centre for Music re-opens with a festival weekend

27 September 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University celebrates the re-opening of its St Gregory's Centre for Music next weekend (6 and 7 October) with a festival full of internationally acclaimed musicians.

The weekend’s festivities herald the start of a new and exciting public concert programme for the University, and will include performances on Saturday night by the Maggini Quartet, clarinettist David Campbell, flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg, and a Sunday afternoon recital by BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star 2011, pianist Alexandra Dariescu. The weekend will be rounded-off on Sunday with an energetic performance by North African and Eastern influenced band Cocos Lovers, and the Speakers Corner Quartet.

The £900,000 transformation of the former church has taken four years in the planning with work undertaken by Stephen Coomber, Coombs (Canterbury) Ltd and the University’s Facilities team. It was also made possible through the generosity of the Friends of St Gregory’s, major donors, and the vision of Grenville Hancox MBE, former Director of Music at the University, together with the Department of Music and Performing Arts.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, said: “This celebration weekend is just the beginning of an exciting new programme of music performance at Christ Church. 

"The new facilities will now enable us to give our local community access to performances from internationally acclaimed artists, as well as providing our students with some of the finest music teaching and rehearsal space in the country. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors, without whom this would not have been possible, and look forward to welcoming everyone through the doors.”

The autumn 2012 programme also includes such highlights as Soloists of the Philharmonia with actor James Northcote in Stravinksy’s The Soldier’s Tale (October 21), the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain (November 16) and the world première of a chamber orchestration of Mahler’s Symphony No.10 (November 23).

For tickets visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/events/music or call 01227 782428. Tickets for next Saturday’s and Sunday’s performances will also be available on the door.

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 campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • 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.

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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