Innovative concerts to incorporate museum artefacts into performance

30 January 2015

Canterbury Christ Church University students will perform in an innovative, contemporary classical music experience in the 'adventurous pursuit of untold musical treasure'.

The original Davy Jones’ Locker project provided a platform to experience live classical music events in your own living room. The idea behind the project was to bring classical music to those who would not perhaps otherwise experience it.

After having successfully taken music into homes, the musicians and composers, featuring Christ Church students, have taken Davy Jones’ Locker to the next level by holding their next concert in The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. Performers aim to incorporate the museum artefacts in to the concert in a way that will allow the audience to experience the collection in a different way.

Tania Holland Williams, Sessional Lecturer in the School of Music and Performing Arts and the projects Curator and Performer, created these intimate, informal concerts last year and after popular demand.

Tania said: “Davy Jones’ Locker offers a great platform for young performers to cut their teeth on more demanding and usually very unfamiliar repertoire. We've found it to be a great space for student musicians to begin a more meaningful relationship with future audiences.

“All the student musicians involved in the project have become great advocates of contemporary repertoire and they have made enormous strides in their music-making as a result of stretching their practice.”

Christ Church students Eleonora Rosca, Cellist, Composer and Music Performance student; Beth Baldwin, Classical Clarinettist and Music student and Christopher Hills, Percussionist and Music student, are all part of the community project, which they believe has enhanced and complemented their studies.

Eleonora said: “Being part of Davy Jones Locker has helped me to broaden my contemporary classical music knowledge, and helped me improve my technical skills in regards to the extended technique used on the cello.

“I have always loved composing music for solo cello. However, my style has been primarily influenced by Bach and Beethoven. That was until I discovered a new contemporary classical music repertoire through the Locker project, which I find to be very inspiring and thought provoking.”

The concert at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will take place at 2pm on Saturday 7 February in the museums Galleries. The concert is free and open to all. Registration is required, to get tickets visit

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% 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.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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