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Events

A free workshop focusing on Dalcroze Eurhythmics and how it helps develop deeper musicality and creative expression through whole body movement.

Pop, rock, folk and jazz all feature in this fantastic showcase presented by student performers, demonstrating their extraordinary range of talent.

A relaxed and informal event. A bar will be open throughout the evening.

PLEASE NOTE: Change of venue.

Students present their work in this Assessment Showcase concert

Student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

Student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is one of the most popular choral masterpieces of the 20th century.

Student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

We are always delighted to showcase our talented students, but the annual Croser-Hughes chamber music competition promises to be a feast! All entries must feature a keyboard instrument and that is the only real restriction. There will be a guest adjudicator (tbc) for this competition.

The Lewis Elton Gallery will be immersed in the magical world of the pianola nd reproudicing piano. Recording of piano rolls was the very first attempt to digitise music, and the results are frequently breathtaking in their immediacy and intimacy.

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This colloquium offers a snapshot of some of the issues surrounding the study of compositional sketches and creativity in general.

Student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

A stunning opening to the Festival, this wonderful vocal ensemble will perform a beautiful programme featuring the music of Will Todd, one of the UKs most popular and performed modern choral composers who is based in Guildford.

Laurel is a musician, dancer and choreographer of the national dance troupe Morris Offspring. Ben is a folk arts practitioner and dancer.

Laurel is a musician, dancer and choreographer of the national dance troupe Morris Offspring. Ben is a folk arts practitioner and dancer.

Presenting Emerging Music nights are a place where up and coming artists from Guildford can showcase their talents with professional sound engineers and to a busy pub in the heart of Guildford. Come on down to enjoy some of the best local acoustic acts around.

What causes the revolutionary, history-changing sound of rock guitar, and how does it help us to understand the nature of the stuff we’re made of?

Two Polish-born guitarists (currently residing in Germany and the UK respectively) will bring a brand new programme for classical guitar duo. The programme includes newly composed and arranged pieces by modern living composers: A. Pärt (Estonia), M.

Take an afternoon walk through the woods up to the beautiful little church of St Martha’s, with its stunning views of the Surrey hills, and enjoy an afternoon concert of chamber music in this lovely setting featuring Fauré’s Piano Quartet in C minor and Phantasy Piano Quartet by Bridge.

The Winner of the Ivor Mairents Guitar Competition 2014 will perform a varied programme from pieces by John Dowland to Frank Martin. The programme will include:
J S Bach BWV 1001 Adagio and Fugue
Frank Martin Quatre Pièces Brèves
Mompou Suite Compostelana

“El mago de la guitarra” Agustin Barrios Mangoré Carlos Salcedo Centurion is a world authority on the subject of Paraguayan guitarist-composer Agustin Barrios Mangoré, the South American Chopin of the guitar.

This year’s brand new GSA Singers launch into their 2015 performances with their usual talent, enthusiasm and panache. They perform a delightful blend of songs across the years, from musical theatre through the ages and much more, beautifully sung and choreographed.

“…..The Beat. Who needs the brave new world when the old school is still this good?” Sunday Mirror

"unerring musical instinct“ Gramophone
”VIDA conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects … they play with technical brilliance and precise ensemble“ Classic FM

Guildford Chamber Choir are joined by the virtuoso percussionists O Duo and pianist Gavin Roberts for an exciting programme combining music for chorus and percussion by Eric Whitacre and William Mathias, with Steve Reich’s iconic Clapping Music and John Cage’s Living Room Music, a ‘quartet for un

This year’s brand new GSA Singers launch into their 2015 performances with their usual talent, enthusiasm and panache. They perform a delightful blend of songs across the years, from musical theatre through the ages and much more, beautifully sung and choreographed.

Experience music in the stunning setting of St Martha’s late at night with a presentation of works by contemporary composers.
Peter White Elegy
Stephen Goss The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
Jeffery Wilson Elegy
Stephen Goss An Ideal Insomnia

The University Chamber Choir present a concert featuring Vaughan Williams’ unaccompanied Mass together with sacred and secular choral music from Britain and abroad.

There will be a retiring collection

This is part of the Guildford International Music Festival

Responses: Moore
Psalm: 27
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis: Sancti Johannis Cantabrigiense - Philip Moore
Anthem: Lo, the full final sacrifice – Gerald Finzi
Organ voluntary: Fugue on the 94th psalm – Julius Reubke

6pm Pre-Concert Talk
Bill Bruford in conversation with Prof Steve Goss
As a curtain-raiser to tonight’s concert, Steve Goss talks to Bill Bruford, King Crimson’s drummer for 25 years. Bill will talk about his work with King Crimson, Yes, Genesis and Earthworks.

Joanna Bywater (soprano)
Matthew Rickard (piano)

A new era of invention; Exhibition is a collection of eclectic dance miniatures featuring StopGap’s emerging artist company Sg2. Created by StopGap dancers in collaboration with Sg2 and Choreographer Nathalie Pernette.

This is part of the Guildford International Music Festival

”world-class – one of today’s greatest poetry performers“ Carol Ann Duffy
”without doubt the funniest, quirkiest, sharpest presenter in the business“ The Observer

The ‘Quattro Mani!’ Piano Duet Competition was established in 2010 thanks to the generosity of concert pianist and University of Surrey tutor Maureen Galea. The competition aims to encourage the exploration of this under-played area of the repertoire.

Peter Gregson and Milton Mermikides

This award winning brass quintet feature players who have each worked with some of the UK’s leading professional orchestras and ensembles. Total Brass have performed regularly on BBC Radio 3 and played for Her Majesty the Queen at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Arts Event.

Guildford Fringe Theatre Company presents an evening of musical theatre. Hosted by Guildford Fringe Director, Nick Wyschna, the evening will be full of all your favourite songs from the West End and Broadway.

University of Surrey Chamber Orchestra
Maureen Galea and Margaret Roberts
Conducted by Russell Keable

Alec Cobbe will give a Tour of the Cobbe Collection of Composer keyboard instruments, including pianos owned and played by Mozart, J.C. Bach, Chopin and Elgar, amongst other gems from 400 years of musical history.

”The real high point of the evening was the presence of Eliza McCarthy… who took evident delight in drawing out every wonderfully subtle and zany imagining from the composer’s (work).“ The Times

Professional dancers and students will perform together a durational work (lasting over 3 hours) at sites across the Stag Hill campus.

6.30pm Talk by Michael Price
7.30pm Film Screening: DELICIOUS (2013)

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
”Manifest skill and awesome relentless energy!“ The Stage

We are thrilled to be able to continue our collaboration with Southern Pro Musica in presenting some of our very best young classical performers in concert at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford.

This is part of the Guildford International Music Festival

Sir Richard Stilgoe & Orpheus Centre musicians

Somewhere between structured pop songs and a disintegrating ambience, Portico offer a diffuse blend of the sublunary and the celestial. Formerly the Portico Quartet, with vocals from Jono McCleery, Joe Neman and Jamie Woon.

Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe make their first appearance at the Festival performing music from the American powerhouses Gershwin, Arlen, Cole Porter, Carole King and Joni Mitchell, alongside British composers and lyricists like Ivor Novello, Noel Coward and Paul McCartney.

Presenting Emerging Music nights are a place where up and coming artists from Guildford can showcase their talents with professional sound engineers and to a busy pub in the heart of Guildford. Come on down to enjoy some of the best local acoustic acts around.

A beautiful recital of sacred music from the Girls Choir of Holy Trinity Church, directed by Alexandra Stevenson. Music ranges from Pergolesi and Fauré to Todd and L’Estrange.

This is part of the Guildford International Music Festival

Take an afternoon walk through the woods up to the beautiful little church of St Martha’s, with its stunning views of the Surrey hills, and enjoy an afternoon concert of chamber music in this lovely setting. The Estrella Ensemble was founded in the Spring of 2014.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, 12 of our leading composers have been commissioned to write a short piece inspired by one of the chapters.

Steve Waterman, winner of 2014 British Jazz Awards, is renowned as one of the top jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene.

Alfred Brendel is one of our greatest living pianists, renowned for his masterly interpretations of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Writing poetry has long been Brendel’s foremost interest and he has published a number of volumes including One Finger Too Many and Cursing Bagels. Playing the

Pop, rock, folk and jazz all feature in this fantastic showcase presented by student performers, demonstrating their extraordinary range of talent. A relaxed and informal event.
A bar will be open throughout the evening.

This is part of the Guildford International Music Festival

Southern Pro Musica
Lucy Parham Piano
Jonathan Willcocks Conductor

Harmless Funk are a collective of some of the finest musicians working in and around London. While they play a polished brand of classic funk from the 70s and 80s, the 5-piece deliver a set filled with dynamic ensemble work and flashes of cutting-edge individual virtuosity.

Student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

A stimulating evening of music featuring a wide range of University ensembles and choirs performing a varied repertoire.

The last thirty years have witnessed a surge of interest in the study of British music since 1900.

Justin Vickers (tenor)
Lucy Walker (piano)

Student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

We welcome this widely performed and recorded composer who will give a lecture outlining his compositional process and technique – focussing on some of his recent works. This event is suited to students of composition, and members of the public are welcome.

RESEARCH SEMINAR
Judith Weir CBE
Graham Fitkin
Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Dr Victoria Armstrong

Student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

Hidden Music is an exhibition of works by Milton Mermikides in the field of data sonification: the translation of data into musical compositions.

Nikolai Demidenko’s passionate virtuosity and musicianship has brought him worldwide recognition. We are delighted to welcome back this highly accomplished performer.
GLINKA Notturno in F minor La Separation
KALINNIKOV Notturno in F sharp minor

We are proud to have a really strong showing of young brass players, and they will be competing for the prestigious Paul Stanway Prize. Open to all brass players (any instrument), this competition will be adjudicated by a distinguished guest (to be confirmed).

A stimulating evening of music featuring a wide range of University ensembles and choirs performing a varied repertoire.

We are indeed lucky to have a large number of exceptional guitar students at Surrey. Hear them playing their socks off in this wonderful competition! Entry is open specifically to players of electric instruments, both guitar and bass.

The University Orchestra returns to St Saviour’s to perform a stunning programme featuring The Firebird Suite by Stravinsky, one of the early 20th century’s most exciting and dynamic composers. The full programme will be listed nearer the time.

A concert showcasing some of the talented composition students from the University. A great way to miss the rush-hour traffic.

The University is profoundly grateful to all individuals, Trusts and companies who support prizes and scholarships. We are proud to be associated with a number of benefactors, and proud of the achievements of the students they support.

Artistic Director Ting-Ting Chang returns to the basic of dance, and starts by re-imagining the essence of utilizing body parts to express emotions. T.T.C. Dance is an exploration of the delicate interaction among movements, feelings, and imagination.

A concert showcasing some of the talented composition students from the University. A great way to miss the rush-hour traffic.

A concert showcasing some of the talented composition students from the University. A great way to miss the rush-hour traffic.

Student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

Adjudicator Dominic Muldowney

Student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

Student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

Postgraduate student musicians perform. The programmes feature a range of instruments and styles from Bach to Hendrix. Programmes are usually available the day before. If you would like a copy please email arts@surrey.ac.uk.

‘…is the human body a soul-less, self-less object at the mercy of automatic internal processes…or is it a precious vessel containing a unique individual…?’ Sian Ede, Art & Science

Talks, workshops and performances showcasing ‘practice as research’ by staff in the Department of Theatre and Dance, including GSA.

Music Ensembles

UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA

The University Orchestra is open to all University of Surrey students and staff through an audition process. Auditions for the 2013-2014 season are currently planned for the week commencing 7th October 2013.

Rehearsing every Monday evening during semester, the Orchestra performs three concerts a year. Concerts are held at St Saviour's Church and Guildford Cathedral, and are conducted by Russell Keable as well as student conductors.

Their repertoire since September 2011 has included:

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
  • Orff Carmina Burana (with the University Choir)
  • Vaughan-Williams Five Mystical Songs
  • J. Strauss Die Fledermaus Overture
  • Copland Appalachian Spring
  • Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
  • Sibelius Symphony No. 7
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 8
  • Mozart Overture Die Zauberflote
  • Bernstein On the Waterfront Suite
  • Kodaly Psalmus Hungaricus (with the University Choir)
  • Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919 Suite)
  • Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (with the University Choir)
  • Nielsen Helios Overture
  • Britten Soirees Musicales
  • Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Auditions

Auditions for the 2013-14 season are planned for the week commencing 7th October.

Signing up is required in order to audition, sign up sheets will be put up in the PATS Lower Foyer from 30th September.

Ideally you should bring a short piece to play and you'll be expected play a scale and some sight reading too. Grade 7 and above expected.

UNIVERSITY CHOIR

The University Choir rehearsals will recommence in October 2013.

The University Choir is a lively and fun Choir open to all University of Surrey staff and students. A basic level of sight reading, an ability to hold a tune and enthusiasm is all we ask for. University Choir rehearse every Wednesday evening from 6pm-8pm in PATS Studio One and perform 2-3 times a year. In November the choir performed with the University Orchestra in Kodaly's Psalmus Hungaricus and Brahm's German Requiem in February at Guildford Cathedral. In 2011-12 they performed in Vaughan Williams' Mystical Songs and Orff's Carmina Burana.

UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR

The Chamber Choir rehearse each Tuesday Lunchtime 1pm-2.30pm and perform at a wide range of engagements throughout the year. This choir is open to all students through an audition.

Auditions

Auditions for the 2013-14 season are planned for the week commencing 7th October.

Signing up is required in order to audition, sign up sheets will be put up in the PATS Lower Foyer from 30th September.

Ideally you should bring a short piece to sing and you'll be expected to sight sing. Grade 7 and above expected.

UNIVERSITY STRING ORCHESTRA

A student led music ensemble within the Music and Sound Recording. The University String Ensemble is open to all students and staff who play a stringed instrument.

USSU ENSEMBLES

Societies run by the Students’ Union can be found here. They include Big Band, Concert Band, Gospel Choir and Jazz Orchestra.

GSA SINGERS

The GSA Singers are a company of performers from GSA [Guildford School of Acting] selected from the 2nd year Musical Theatre and Acting courses formed specifically to provide entertainment for business functions, private parties and concerts. They have also been requested to sing at weddings, memorial services and Masonic evenings and are quite diverse in their ability to perform material for any given event. Their wide repertoire offers songs from Musical Theatre and popular classics.

For more information on any of these ensembles please email: arts@surrey.ac.uk