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NTU Music look back on at their highlights from last term!

The NTU Music Team look back at some of their highlights from the second term of the academic year.

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The very first NTU Concert Band evening

This year NTU Music added a new event to their concert programme, An Evening with the NTU Concert Band, which proved to be a great success! Previously the NTU Concert Band has performed two or three times during the academic year alongside the other NTU Music ensembles. However, after receiving a silver award at the prestigious East Midlands Regional Concert Band Festival earlier in the year, the band has grown from strength to strength.

The programme included music from film, musicals and 20th Century composers.  The evening concluded with John Williams’ epic Olympic Fanfare featuring an impressive (and loud) performance from the NTU Drumline. Highlights also included solo performances by Jenny Sadie on the marimba and Joel Moore on the euphonium; both recent recipients of the annual Alumni Award.

The NTU Concert Band are currently working towards their first ever tour in June 2016, when they will travel to Bruges to perform in many of the beautiful locations the city has to offer.

World renowned trumpeter performs at NTU

World renowned trumpeter and baroque specialist, Crispian Steele Perkins, was invited to perform at Nottingham Trent University on Tuesday 8 March, to over 100 people, in The Old Chemistry Theatre in the Arkwright building. The evening included music from a range of genres. The highlight came at the end of the first half, with Crispian’s flawless performance of Hadyn’s famous Trumpet Concerto. It was particularly special to hear his performance of this piece, as his recording of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto is revered as ‘the one to have’ by the BBC.

In the second half, Crispian was joined by the NTU Brass ensemble to perform Purcell’s Trumpet Tune and Air. Earlier in the day, the ensemble took part in a workshop led by Crispian, during which he talked about tone and performance techniques. They also worked on their piece for the evening performance. Trumpeter and second year Product Design student, Annah Morrish said, “It was a great opportunity to meet and play with Crispian. The master class was really interesting and playing alongside one of the best trumpeters in the world was a real privilege”.

Crispian not only gave a varied performance, but also went into detail about the evolution of brass instruments. During the interval and at the end of the concert, the audience had the opportunity to speak to Crispian and have a look at the array of instruments he had brought with him.

NTU Chamber Choir travel to Spain for their annual European tour

The NTU Chamber Choir are preparing to travel to Spain for their annual European tour. They will spend the first four days in Barcelona, performing in some of the city’s most prestigious venues, including the Sagrada Familia, Monserrat Abbey and  Barcelona Cathedral. They'll then travel by coach to La Zenia, in the Valencia region, to perform in three concerts - including a concert in the beautiful port city of Cartagena.

In preparation for the trip, the choir performed their full tour programme in the Old Chemistry Theatre on the last day of term. It was a fantastic evening featuring music by C.H.H Parry, Eric Whitacre, and John Rutter. The concert also featured solo performances by second year students Ciaran Edgworth, Chris Brown and Beth Giddings.

To find out more and to view photos from all the events mentione above, visit the NTU Music Facebook page.

NTU Music look back on at their highlights from last term!

Published on 1 April 2016
  • Category: Culture; Music

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