Press Release

01 May 2014

Canterbury Christ Church University is proud to be a partner of Sounds New 2014.

Sounds New over the years has become one of the UK’s leading festivals dedicated to promoting contemporary music, attracting world class composers and performers. This year the festival, which starts on Friday, 2 May, will celebrate the music of the Canterbury Scene.

Staff and students from the University’s Department of Music and Performing Arts will also be taking part in the most exciting line up that Sounds New has produced in its 18 year history.

One of the World’s leading contemporary music ensembles, the London Sinfonietta, will perform at the University’s St Gregory’s Centre for a five day residency (2-6 May), including a performance entitled Protest Songs, which address politics through music. One of the featured pieces due to be performed is Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union to celebrate his 75th birthday.

Other events includes a special 70th birthday concert by Kent resident and world leading saxophonist, Evan Parker. He will perform alongside John Harle, Senior Lecturer in Music and Performing Arts, performing world premieres of works created by Canterbury Christ Church University students.

The main focus of this year’s festival, however, focuses on the music of Canterbury legend Robert Wyatt in both an exhibition by Janek Schaefer at the Sidney Cooper Gallery and a unique recomposition of his album “Cuckooland”, which brings together the Brodsky Quartet and vocalist Elaine Mitchener, arranger Tony Hymas and live laptop sampling from Dr Matt Wright, Reader in Music and Performing Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University.

To find out more about this year’s Sounds New festival or to book tickets, visit the website

Notes to Editor

  • Sounds New was founded in Canterbury in 1997 by the renowned conductor Nicolas Cleobury
  • Its principal aim is to win new audiences for contemporary music

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

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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