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Intercultural Connections Seminar and Café Launch 19th & 21st September

We have two free events for all staff, including PGR students, in September: Working Interculturally Seminar,  Monday 19 September, 10 am – 1 pm in 85/2207. Here we will be presenting results of the Staff Survey, International and Intercultural Aspects of Working at the University, undertaken in April/May.  The presentation will be followed by discussion of the findings, and our aim is to generate concrete ideas for ways in which we can improve your experience of intercultural working. Continue reading →

Postcard from Potsdam

I’ve just returned from the State University of New York in Potsdam after participating in a fascinating festival on the French composer, conductor and pedagogue, Nadia Boulanger. When founded by the redoubtable Julia Crane in 1886, the Crane Normal Institute of Music was small enough to be run in the living rooms of a house on the town’s main street. Today, the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam is a flourishing institution that boasts more than 500 undergraduate music majors. Continue reading →

Sounds of the North

The Music department and Turner Sims are celebrating Norwegian musical culture with an array of fantastic events featuring visiting performers across the genres.  Lecturer in Composition Ben Oliver reports on one of the first of the series: Norwegian jazz tuba virtuoso Daniel Herskedal On Saturday I had the great pleasure to attend a concert at Turner Sims featuring the Daniel Herskedal Trio with The University Strings. Continue reading →

Popular Premiere

Associate Professor Matthew Shlomowitz tells us about a forthcoming premiere in his Popular Contexts series: In 2015 I composed a twenty-five minute work for the Norwegian percussionist Håkon Stene, commissioned by The Norwegian Programme for Artistic Research. The work is the eighth volume in my Popular Contexts series, which combine pre-recorded sounds with live instrumental music to investigate aspects of everyday and popular culture. Continue reading →

CGE Seminar Wed 2nd December 2015: Prof Jennifer Jenkins

Please join us for the next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar. When: Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 5-6.30pm Where: Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus Who: Prof Jennifer Jenkins, University of Southampton International English-language university entry tests: are they fit for purpose? My talk will begin by exploring some empirical data in which international students discuss their views of the international English language university entry tests. Continue reading →

Bad Music in Oslo?

Can a piece of music can be inherently bad, or are all such judgements purely subjective? Associate Professor in Composition Matthew Shlomowitz reports on a recent premier in Oslo addressing such issues. I was commissioned by the Ultima Festival in Oslo to compose a forty-minute work for the Plus Minus Ensemble, a group I direct with English composer Joanna Bailie. For this commission I decided to do something different: instead of writing a piece, I wrote a ‘lecture-piece’. Continue reading →