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Harpsichords at Cheltenham

This week postgraduate researcher and harpsichordist Christopher Lewis starred as player and presenter at the Cheltenham Music Festival –  for ‘A History of the Modern Harpsichord: An Afternoon at the Salle Cortot’.  Here he tells us more about the purpose of the event : The university’s Feldberg harpsichord on holiday in Cheltenham Early on Monday, a small group of us from the University of Southampton departed for the prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival. Continue reading →

Meet the (modern) pianos

In the final instalment of our Meet the Pianos series for this year, David Owen Norris introduces some of our modern concert grands.  Many people will find these more familiar-looking than our rarer historic instruments. But they’re not all the same, and modern piano firms, just like their 18th-century counterparts, search to create instruments with their own characteristic sounds. Continue reading →

Share the Sound on screen

Wessex Films, the award-winning Students’ Union creative industries society, spent the weekend of our Share the Sound festival filming up-and-coming jazz and pop artists from the Music department.  They’ve produced a fantastic new video for us to help spread the word for next year’s edition of the festival.  Check it out below! Coming to Talking Heads in March 2016 . . . .       The post Share the Sound on screen appeared first on Music at Southampton. Continue reading →

La Vittoria – Waterloo in music

Katrina Faulds (left) and Penelope Cave at Chawton House Library Katrina Faulds has recently finished her PhD on dance and dance music in the English country house c. 1800.  She is also an accomplished performer on early pianos, and last week saw her presenting some of her research in sound: In November last year,  Dr Penelope Cave and I were offered the opportunity to perform a concert at Chawton House Library as part of the Music department’s regular collaborative series. Continue reading →

Electric Guitar Conference in Bowling Green, USA

Skip McDonald PhD composition student Ben Jameson tells us about his recent trip to conference over in the USA: The ‘Electric Guitar in Popular Culture’ conference took place at Bowling Green State University, Ohio at the end of March. The conference was organised by Dr. Matt Donahue from the u niversity’s Department of Popular Culture and brought together scholars and musicians from around North America and the rest of the world with a shared enthusiasm for the electric guitar. Continue reading →

Meet the pianos

Almost all of our students and staff use some form of keyboard nearly every day.  They are indispensable for a whole range of our activities – whether for solo performance or accompaniment, for bands and ensembles, or for working out harmony exercises and new composition ideas. Because keyboards are so central to our programmes, they also represent the largest cost in our performance budget.  We are starting a new funding drive to help. Continue reading →