Press Release

01 June 2012

A special Viennese chamber concert to celebrate Canterbury Christ Church University's Golden Jubilee will take place on Friday 29 June 2012 at 7.30pm.

The Viennese Chamber Quartet
The Viennese Chamber Quartet

As part of the University’s 50 year celebrations, ‘Viennese Conversations’ will offer a snapshot of chamber music played on period instruments, for an authentic classic chamber music experience.

The concert will take place at the University's Chapel on the North Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury and will include music by Mozart and Beethoven, performed by a quartet. This outstanding quartet includes the University’s Head of Music and Performing Arts, Professor John Irving, who specialises in 18th Century historical performance practice as a fortepianist, clavichordist and harpsichordist.

Professor Irving said: “Although we think the chamber music of Mozart and Beethoven is familiar, it sounds completely novel and fresh when heard on the kind of instruments for which the composers were actually writing, instead of their modern equivalents which were constructed for completely different kinds of music.

“We'll be performing using modern copies of the clarinets, violins, cellos and pianos in use at the end of the eighteenth century.This will allow the audience to experience just how revolutionary Mozart and Beetoven really were; writing essentially at the edge of what was technically and mechanically possible on these instruments.”

Alongside Professor Irving will be Jane Booth, a specialist in the early clarinet and chalumeau; Marcus Barcham-Stevens, a violinist, who has broadcast as a soloist and chamber musician on BBC Radio 3; and American cellist Jennifer Morsches, who enjoys an active freelance career as chamber musician, continuo cellist and orchestral player.

To book tickets, priced at £15 per person (students £7.50), visit:


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 graduates in employment, with 94.3% of our most recent UK undergraduates employed or in further study six months after completing their studies.
  • 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.

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