NTU Music spring term highlights

It's been an exciting spring term for NTU Music. Here's a roundup of the memorable highlights.

It's been an exciting spring term for NTU Music, full of fantastic events and opportunities for students and staff. Here's a roundup of the highlights:

Welcoming new accompanist, Tom Bates

NTU Music welcomed new accompanist, Tom Bates to the team, having said a fond farewell to the previous accompanist, Philip Robinson, before the Christmas break. Tom is already proving to be a fantastic asset; he previously played with various bands across America and has also provided accompaniment and private tuition for his own students. Since joining the team, Tom has played at NTU's Art School dinner, accompanied soloists during lunchtime recitals and competitions, and performed with the NTU Choir and Chamber Choir ensembles.

Art School dinner flash mob

The Chamber Choir had a fantastic time surprising guests at the Art School dinner back in February, with a flash mob performance. Members of the choir fooled dinner guests by disguising themselves as waiting staff, before performing Can you feel the love tonight? from Disney's The Lion King. Their rendition is proving to be a firm favourite among the choir members and their audiences.

An evening of JazzTuesday 24 February marked the introduction of Pegasus, NTU Music's new resident Jazz quartet. The quartet played at a cabaret style evening in The Level at the Students' Union. The evening also featured a debut performance from the NTU Jazz ensemble, as well as performances by Chamber Choir members Lauren Garrill and Hannah Locke.

Don't worry if you missed Pegasus first time around, the quartet will be performing again on Tuesday 12 May, in the Students' Union. Visit the NTU Music events page for more information.

Vocal Competition 2015The team hosted their annual Vocal Competition on Friday 13 February. The competition was adjudicated by Jane Robinson, Head of Training at the English National Opera, who agreed that this year's standard was incredibly high. Music varied from folk and musical theatre to classical genres.

There were nine soloists who competed for the cash prize. First place was awarded to final year Business student, Sam Telford, while final year Fashion Management student, Hannah Locke was awarded second place. Third place went to first year Business student Ciaran Edgeworth.

Instrumental Competition 2015This term marked NTU Music's first Instrumental Competition. Held on Friday 27 February in the Old Chemistry Theatre, the competition was adjudicated by successful musician David Curtiss. The event featured students playing a wide variety of instruments including, piano, euphonium, trumpet, cello, guitar and saxophone. In a similar style to the Vocal Competition, each student was expected to perform two contrasting pieces of their choice.

Cellist Alexandra Desbruslais, who studies Animal Biology, was awarded first place, while third year Accounting and Finance Placement student, Joel Moore, secured second place with his performance on the euphonium. Third place was awarded to Chemistry student and saxophonist, James Newton.

Spring concertSaturday 14 March marked NTU Music's annual spring concert at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall. This year's concert featured The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO), Cantamus Girls Choir and the NTU Choir, performing Karl Jenkins most recent large-scale composition, The Peacemakers - conducted by Nottingham Trent University's Director of Music, Matthew Hopkins.

The programme also included a spectacular rendition of Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor by inspirational young pianist Joseph Moog. The evening concluded with the RPCO accompanying both choirs as they sang Parry's powerful anthem I Was Glad. Proceeds from the evening have been donated to Nottingham Trent University's purpose-built scientific facility, the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

Chamber Choir Easter tourEvery year the Chamber Choir embark on an exciting European tour. Having previously visited Spain, Holland and the Czech Republic, this year took them to Hungary, to perform in the country's capital, Budapest.

The tour is understandably a yearly highlight for the choir. Not only is it a fantastic opportunity to sing to new audiences in exciting venues, but it also gives the group a chance to socialise. With a dozen new members having recently joined, this year's tour was a fantastic bonding experience and a great opportunity to sing at some of the city's stunning historical venues.

In the lead up to the tour, the choir took part in several fundraising activities. One event that proved particularly successful, was a day of bag packing in Morrison's – where they raised over £450! The choir also sold cakes during weekly rehearsals, which significantly contributed to their overall target of £1,500.

Lunchtime recitalsOver the past year NTU Music have hosted numerous lunchtime recitals. These are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the musical talents of NTU students and staff. Recitals are held every couple of weeks, are free to attend and usually begin at 1 pm, lasting around 30 minutes. Recital venues alternate between the Old Chemistry Theatre in the Arkwright building and the ensemble room at the Music Centre. Keep an eye on the NTU Music events page for more information about upcoming recitals.

All in all it has been a jam-packed term, and the team are looking forward to an equally thrilling summer term full of exciting performances and social events.

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NTU Music spring term highlights

Published on 8 May 2015
  • Category: Culture; Music

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