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NTU Music looks back on a busy final term

NTU Music certainly didn't wind down during the final term of the academic year!

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NTU Music looks back at their successes during the final term for this academic year.

NTU Bands Showcase Night

On Friday 6 May, Spanky Van Dyke's played host to the NTU Bands Showcase Evening, featuring nine exciting bands which have been formed through the NTU Band Development Programme. With nearly 200 in attendance, this was their biggest gig so far, following performances at the NTU Music Centre and The Peacock pub in Nottingham's city centre.

The NTU Band Development Project has proved successful, with over 100 people signing up to the project and at least 10 groups being formed under the guidance of the Band Development Mentor, Tom Bates.

Each band played a short set, interspersed with DJ sets from The Hijinks. It was a varied evening of music including imaginative post-rock from All Routes, hard rock from Swolves, pop and indie from A & E and psychedelic blues from The Hijinks. The evening also showcased amazing vocal and instrumental talent, with powerful vocals from Elee Smith, lead singer of rock group 3rd from the Left, and beautiful singing from Maddy Smith, singer in Cherry Hex and the Dream Church.

If you are interested in joining or starting a band, please email Tom Bates, our Band Development Mentor.

For the coming year NTU Music will be looking to promote even more gigs featuring NTU bands. Get all the latest news and events information on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

NTU Summer Concert

This year's Summer Concert was a celebration of NTU Music's busiest and most successful year to date. The concert was held in the NTU Students' Union and included performances by all the NTU Music ensembles, including the Choir, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Brass ensemble, String Sinfonia and Drumline.

The night began with the NTU Choir's performance of Leonard Bernstein's Tonight, which set a light-hearted and fun mood for the rest of the evening. The programme was varied, including something for everyone's taste. Performances included a medley from the musical Chicago by the Concert Bands; a performance of Peter Warlock's The Capriol Suite by NTU String Sinfonia; and a performance of David Bowie's Life on Mars by the Choir – which also included the famous guitar solo performed by James Hughes.

The highlight of the evening was the NTU Drumline and Concert Band's exciting (and very loud!) performance of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' hit, Uptown Funk.

The end of the evening saw three final-year students receiving awards to recognise their dedication to the Music department during their time at NTU. The recipients were Broadcast and Journalism student, Jess Armstrong, Accounting and Finance student Joel Moore and Animal Biology student, Jenny Sadie. All are members of numerous ensembles at the University, and are always first to offer help with setting up for music events.

NTU Concert Band's first ever tour – a success!

Over the past year, the NTU Concert Band has grown from strength to strength – from competing in their first ever competition in November, to hosting their own NTU Concert Band Evening. Their end of year tour to Bruges was a fantastic way to celebrate such a successful 12 months.

Early on Monday 13 June, 30 students and staff members set off for a five-day tour in the beautiful city of Bruges. The Concert Band performed in three different locations during their trip including, Ypres, De Panne and Ostend. It was a great chance for the band to get to know each other and perform in a different environment. All the performances were met with an appreciative audience; one audience member even roller-bladed to rescue music that had blown away in the wind!

As well as the performances, the NTU Concert Band enjoyed seeing the sights in Bruges. Some of the highlights included a tour in a canal boat through Bruges and an insightful tour of De Haalve Man Brewery which ended with a pint for each band member, so everyone was happy!

You'll find a selection of photos from the tour on our Facebook page.

Overall it's been a successful year all round for NTU Music and everyone is already looking forward to the year ahead.

NTU Music looks back on a busy final term

Published on 12 July 2016
  • Category: Culture; Music

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