Press Release

19 May 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University will play host to a unique Ambassadorial reception to mark its flourishing partnership with the Sounds New music festival.

Canterbury Christ Church University is this year’s artistic partner to the prestigious contemporary music festival. Ambassadors and cultural attachés from Estonia, Finland and Latvia will join the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin Baker CMG, in Canterbury to celebrate the Sounds New Baltic programme.

Her Excellency Mrs Aino Lepik von Wirén, Estonian Ambassador, and her husband, Mr Jorma von Wirén; His Excellency Mr Pekka Huhtaniemi, Finnish Ambassador; and His Excellency Mr Eduards Stiprais, Latvian Ambassador, will be attending the Vice-Chancellor’s reception on 27 May and other festival events.

Internationally acclaimed Estonian composer Arvo Pärt will also be visiting the University and will attend Dr Eva Mantzourani’s three day conference, Baltic Musics and Musicologies. Between 26 and 28 May films, talks, workshops and poetry, as well as masterclasses, will be available to Christ Church students. 

To show its support, the University has offered Augustine Hall and the St Gregory’s Centre as venues for many of the Sounds New music events.

The festival’s opening evening concert on Friday 20 May, in Augustine Hall, will premiere Christ Church Professor Paul Max Edlin’s Eréndira Dances, performed by the London Sinfonietta. Other works by University musicians Professor Paul Patterson, Dr Matthew Wright, Robert Stillman and Jack Hues can also be heard.

On Thursday 26 May, Lament, a piece by Professor Roderick Watkins, Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, will be premiered by the Cello Octet Amsterdam in the Cathedral crypt. Estonia’s leading contemporary music group, Ensemble U:, will perform in Augustine Hall on Saturday 28 May.

Student Hugo Ribeiro’s award winning work Diurne: alter ego will be performed by the Aarhus Sinfonietta, and the University’s Music Department “Big Band” will be performing for the local community at Whitefriars Square, Canterbury. 

Many of the concerts are to be recorded by BBC Radio 2 & 3 for future broadcast. 

For full programme details, please visit or contact Festival Manager, Michelle Castelletti, on 01227 780 800 or email:


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 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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