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Published: 09 November 2017

Celebration of the life of Reginald-Smith Brindle

The Department of Music and Media hosts event celebrating the life of the University's first Professor of Music.

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The Department of Music and Media, in association with the International Guitar Centre, celebrated the life of Reginald-Smith Brindle on Saturday 4th November with a celebratory event held in PATS Studio One.

Reginald Smith-Brindle (1917-2003) was The University of Surrey’s first Professor of Music. He was a distinguished composer, a dedicated pedagogue, and an important writer on 20th Century music.

The event commenced with a concert featuring the guitar music of Reginald Smith-Brindle Professor, followed by a fascinating lecture from Professor Steven Thachuk of California State University Northridge and the International Guitar Research Archive. Professor Thachuk, guitarist and musicologist, has made a close study of Smith-Brindle’s music.

The Department of Music and Media were delighted to welcome music alumni and the family of Reginald Smith-Brindle, who were very moved by the occasion and took the opportunity to share a number of photos from his life.

All who attended unanimously agreed the event provided a lovely opportunity to share anecdotes from the life of Reginald Smith-Brindle and for alumni to reminisce on their own time at Surrey. 

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