University of Leicester eBulletin

Crossing the Boundaries - Music at the Richard Attenborough Centre 

September 2003
No 213


Some exciting opportunities for musicians of all levels of ability are on offer during the autumn at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre (RAC).

For extroverts who like to be actively engaged within a group and warm to the idea of making music with West African Drums, then the course led by Richard and Julie Latham may be just the thing. The duo who form Beats Working are as popular for their skilful instruction as for the laughter and good humour that accompanies it. 

Singers of pop music, opera, Lieder and songs from musicals will enjoy workshops with Gaynor Keeble, a singer with experience in world class vocal ensembles, in opera, in choirs and as a soloist in recitals and oratorio. Singing can be enjoyed in any language or cultural origin. Freddi Kofi, a contemporary gospel music artist with recordings to his name, has recently directed and produced James Baldwin's The Amen Corner for Nottingham Playhouse and will be leading a course at the RAC that explores gospel songs and world music using East and West African languages, such as Swahili (Malawi), and Twi (Ghana). He will focus on helping singers to explore vocal tones and harmonies, in keeping with the culture of both East and West African traditions. 

Both the Beats Working and Freddi Kofi’s workshops will culminate in performances at one of the Richard Attenborough Centre’s Lunchtime Soundbite concerts.

Pianists can explore piano music by Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Ravel and Debussy with Philip Herbert, while those who hanker after the limelight can join conductor Andrew Constantine, sharing ideas and experiences while giving way to a long-repressed desire to be a 'maestro'. He will offer practical experience in conducting, covering aspects of baton and rehearsal technique, score preparation and concert programming. This presents a marvellous opportunity to work with Andrew Constantine, professional conductor of many world-class ensembles, including The Philharmonia in De Montfort Hall, and participants can be assured of individual attention, encouragement, and sound instruction, all delivered with Andrew’s inimitable style of humour.

The RAC’s popular series of free Lunchtime Soundbites continues every Tuesday and Thursday (12.45-1.45 pm), showcasing local musicians from a vast array of musical traditions. Sandwiches and soup are available from 12.15 pm.

Philip Herbert, Organising Tutor for Music at the Richard Attenborough Centre, said: “The sound world of the 21st century is always expanding, and music is a great way of bringing people together from different cultural origins. 

“This is a great time to explore through educational opportunities diverse strands in music, and see how one form of music informs the other, sometimes coming together to celebrate the universality of what can be expressed through music.”

For further information on any of these musical activities please call The Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester, tel 0116 252 2455 or 0116 223 1526 to leave a message.

NOTE TO EDITORS: More information on concerts and music-making at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre is available from Philip Herbert, Organising Tutor for Music, tel 0116 223 1526, fax 0116 252 5165, email 

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