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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 →

A week with David Owen Norris

David Owen Norris, Professor of Music and Head of Keyboard and Percussion Studies,  gives us a round up of a week’s wide-ranging activities… Some interesting coaching this week – the Banks String Quartet at the Royal College of Music in Frank Bridge’s 1907 student piece, the quartet in B flat, for the Bridge Study Day, where my fellow contributors included Fabian Huss, Lewis Foreman, Anthony Payne and Stephen Banfield. Continue reading →

Successful Saxophonists!

Three Music students from the University of Southampton have been offered postgraduate places at leading UK conservatoires.  Wayne Hau, Laurence Astill and Emily Cox are all third years studying with Southampton’s inspirational classical saxophone teacher Dr Angela Space.  Between them they applied to five of the country’s top conservatoires. Wayne Hau, Laurence Astill and Emily Cox in their saxophone quartet MOMENTUM. Ali McDonough is the fourth member. Continue reading →

Julian Joseph Workshop

The jazz pianist, composer and educator Julian Joseph shared his insights on a life in music with students from the music department of the University of Southampton and conducted a performance workshop prior to his “Julian Joseph’s Jazz legends” concert at Turner Sims on 27 November 2015. by Thomas Seltz. The post Julian Joseph Workshop appeared first on SOUNDINGS Music at Southampton. Continue reading →

The Hoosiers Session

Music finalist Jamie Wall reports on a collaboration between The Edge, SUSUtv and Music, bringing bands into the Music Department studios for live sessions to be broadcast on SUSUtv. From the start of this academic year I have been working alongside people from The Edge magazine ( ) and SUSUtv ( ) on a project called ‘The Edge Sessions’. Continue reading →

Cantores Carols

Just in time for the holidays:  The University of Southampton Choral Scholars – Cantores Michaelis – have just released their first commercial recording. Christmas Carols 1500-2000 is issued by the Herald label and is now on sale in record shops, at Turner Sims Concert Hall on campus, and through Amazon, and will shortly be available on iTunes. The carols are an eclectic mix. Continue reading →

In praise of opera

Recent alumnus Beth Coopey describes her surprise discovery of Opera during her studies, and how that changed  everything… I arrived at the University of Southampton with little interest in opera. I had sung a selection of arias but knew little about the operas from which they came. That soon changed: my opera experience here has been so immersive and wide-ranging that I am leaving as (probably!) a lifelong opera lover. Continue reading →

Behind the scenes at the Proms

Kerry-Ann Bronner spent the summer between years 2 and 3 learning all about the complexities of mounting the Proms, and applying knowledge from her degree course (as well as her tea-making skills!) to a real life employment context: In May this year, I learned of an exciting opportunity offered by the BBC to spend a few weeks on a work experience placement within the Music Television department, working on the Proms. Continue reading →