Press Release

14 November 2011

Legendary rock drummer and revered master percussionist Bill Bruford will be giving a unique insight into the music world this week at Canterbury Christ Church University's Broadstairs Campus.

On stage with Yes, January 1971.
On stage with Yes, January 1971

Sevenoaks born Bill began his career playing drums on million-selling albums and the world's biggest stages with the bands Yes, King Crimson and even a stint as the drummer for Genesis on their 1976 tour. In addition Bill also enjoyed success with his own group, Earthworks, and has recorded and toured with artists such as David Torn, The New Percussion Group of Amsterdam, Al Di Meola, and Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe.

His lecture, ‘The creative musician in a commercial world’, will discuss the impact and changes that he has been a part of in the transition from an analogue pre-computer music industry to the new post-computer digital music business.

James Dean, Programme Director for Commercial Music and Music Production, at the Broadstairs Campus, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for our music students to meet and to hear from a musician who has performed at the highest level in some of the UK's most established and respected progressive rock groups, and who is equally well versed in the language of jazz and improvised music. 

“We are delighted that Bill Bruford is coming to give a lecture about his experience in the music industry, and are very much looking forward to hearing about his perspective on the impact of the digital revolution in music."

Bill Bruford: ‘The creative musician in the commercial world’, takes place on Thursday, 17 November, 1pm, at Canterbury Christ Church University, Broadstairs Campus, Northwood Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2WA.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. If you would like to book a place then please contact James Dean on .

Notes to Editor

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, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ 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.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • 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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