Message from Prof David Wyn Jones
I hope this email finds you well. It's the first newsletter we've sent to all the graduates we have records for, and as such, whether you work in the field of Music or not, we hope you will like hearing from us occasionally.
We've included some of our latest news and an invitation to the Concert Series, which you might remember coming along to as a student.
I'm happy to say that the School is still going strong, even in these difficult times for Higher Education. As ever though, we value your support - you are our best ambassadors.
You can read some of our latest alumni profiles online - and I would be delighted to hear back about your life has developed since leaving the School too.
-In the news-
Celebrating our portering dream team: Many MUSIC alumni are bound to fondly remember our School Porters, Nick Hinsley and Tony Lloyd, as Nick has been with us for twenty-one years and Tony for twelve. The esteem in which they are both held was shown on Facebook when we asked why they were the best porters on campus - one person wrote, "Because they're Nick and Tony! Two lovely cheeky chappies! The Department just isn't the same without them!"
In recognition of their invaluable contribution to the School over the years, Nick and Tony recently received a Sustained Excellence Award from the University. The staff awards were given out at a special University ceremony at Aberdare Hall this week and, since then, students have been treated to the sight of Nick and Tony proudly posing for photographs outside the School: join us on Facebook to share your comments too
Postgraduate Open Day: Have you considered returning to the study of music? If so, why not come to the Postgraduate Open Day on Wed 28th Nov? There are talks and refreshments for anyone who wants to find out more about our taught courses in MA Musicology, MA Ethnomusicology, MA Music, Culture & Politics, MMus Composition, and MMus Performance, and our PhDs - register online
Meet Professor Kenneth Hamilton: The School welcomed its newest member of staff in September 2012. Scottish pianist and scholar Kenneth Hamilton - described as, 'an outstanding virtuoso' and 'one of the finest players of his generation' by Moscow's Kommersant Daily - has joined us as Professor of Music.
He performs worldwide as a soloist on both modern and historical instruments and has numerous international engagements on his resume, including a recreation of Liszt's 1847 concerts in Constantinople for the Istanbul International Festival and appearances in Paris, London's Kings Place, Korea, the United States and annual recitals at the Singapore Esplanade. An enthusiastic advocate of the value of musical scholarship both for performers and their audiences, Professor Hamilton has already scheduled in a number of public engagement events at the School of Music, including a performance at our Concert Hall on 5th March 2013 as part of the 2013/14 Concert Series. Why not watch his recent public lecture, The Unofficial Version: Rediscovering Liszt's Legacy to his Students on YouTube today?
Teaching in Europe: Erasmus Teaching Mobility grants awarded.
Taking academic expertise stateside: Lecture tour of East Coast campuses in the United States.
At the vanguard of antiquity:
Examining the avant garde of the Irish Fiddle in C20th performance practice.
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