Press Release

15 February 2012

Progressive rock legends Caravan and Canterbury Christ Church University, both formed in the 1960's, are joining together to celebrate the University's Golden Jubilee.

Pye Hastings from Caravan
Pye Hastings from Caravan

Caravan was formed in Canterbury in 1968 by four local musicians whilst Christ Church was founded in 1962 as a teacher training college with nine members of staff and 70 students. To celebrate its 50 years the University is collaborating with Sounds New Contemporary Music and Caravan for a spectacular weekend of progressive rock at the University’s Augustine House on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March.

On Saturday night local acts will compete in a Battle of the Bands competition, the winner of which will be picked by Caravan. Throughout the day participating bands will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops and masterclasses with Caravan. On Sunday night Caravan will perform a special concert where the winning band from the competition will get a unique chance to perform live on stage with them.

Caravan rose to success in the late 1960’s from the ‘Canterbury Scene’ and was the first UK act to sign with American label MGM/ Verve. Their debut album, entitled 'Caravan' was favourably received by the critics and the band still has a huge following of loyal supporters many of whom watched them play at the Canterbury Festival in 2011.  

To celebrate 50 years of higher education and innovation, Canterbury Christ Church University has produced an exciting programme of events to mark this momentous year, with music being central to the Jubilee celebrations. One of the highlights will be the opening of the newly refurbished St Gregory's Centre for Music, in October. This newly renovated iconic and historic venue for music performance will offer world class facilities to be enjoyed by national and international audiences, as well as the local community. It will also enable the University to extend its future public music programme, including a new strand of professional concerts.

Sounds New Contemporary Music is also another success story for Canterbury. Formed 15 years ago by Nicholas Cleobury it is now one of the most respected contemporary music festivals in the UK.  This year’s festival, which starts on the Friday 4 May, includes artists such as Tenebrae, The King Singers, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and the London Sinfonietta.

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For tickets to the prog-rock weekend, call The Marlowe Box Office on 01227 787787 or visit their website for online bookings Tickets cost £10.00 for both gigs, Students £5.00 and participants free.


Saturday 3 March

10am - 4pm band workshops with Caravan

8pm Battle of the Bands (adjudicated by Caravan)

Sunday 4 March

11am open rehearsal.

2pm winning band rehearses with Caravan

8pm Caravan concert (including winning band for one number)

Augustine House, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury CT1 2YA

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.

  • We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 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.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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