University of Leicester eBulletin

Music to Drum in the New Year

December 2002
No 271

The new year is a time for making fresh and exciting plans and if you have not yet done so then the opportunities provided by the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre may offer the challenges and inspiration you need.

Whether you feel moved to take an active part or prefer to sit back, relax and enjoy the talent and effort of others the Centre promises to be a winter haven of music making in the coming months.

Drum in the new year with more than four weeks of West African rhythms on Djembe drums with Richard and Julie Latham of Beats Working, leading to an explosive Lunchtime Soundbite  performance on Tuesday, February 4, 2003.

Discover that long repressed desire to be a 'Maestro!' in a conducting course with Andrew Constantine, an experienced professional conductor often seen wielding a baton before world class orchestras at De Montfort Hall, in Leicester and further afield. The course will explore all aspects of conducting, from baton technique and rehearsal technique to score preparation and concert programming, and will help improve existing skills or start with the rudiments of conducting.

Those who like singing but don't have ambitions to be a soloist can improve their vocal health and choral abilities with Val Machel, an experienced choral conductor. There is also chance to explore and revisit some of the delights of  J S Bach's chamber works with Philip Herbert, Organising Tutor for Music at The Richard Attenborough Centre.

Jazz pianists have the chance to learn from Richard Fairhurst, himself a nationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, whose course includes a range of approaches to harmony, chords, chord voicings, improvisation and performance techniques. The group’s achievements will be showcased at a Lunchtime Soundbite on March 20, 2003.

Information on more opportunities for music making are available from the Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455, email but those who merely want to sit, listen, relax and have lunch can just come along to the series of Lunchtime Soundbites every Tuesday and Thursday between 12.45 - 1.45pm during term-time.

The Lunchtime Soundbites programme follows. For more information please contact Philip Herbert, Organising Tutor for Music, University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 223 1526, facsimile 0116 252 5165, email

Lunchtime Soundbites , Spring 2003:

Have lunch at the RAC in an informal Café atmosphere and experience live performance from a variety of traditions. ALL PERFORMANCES (12.45 - 1.45pm) ARE FREE. Sandwiches, soup and refreshments on sale from 12.15pm.

Tuesday, January 21: Helen Ashcroft (Violin) -  Beethoven, Prokofiev, Mozart and Dvorak

Thursday, January 23: David Wyatt and friends in a three-piece band with their own original pop music

Tuesday, January 28: Alex Sutton -  songs embracing a fusion of blues, jazz, rock and folk music

Thursday, January 30: Yoko Muraoka (Violin) and Mariko Terashi (Piano)

Tuesday, February 4: Beats Working - a showcase of work in progress developed with students from their most recent course at the RAC featuring vibrant rhythms of West Africa!

Thursday, February 6: Vicky Clayton - stories, ballads and a tapestry of folk music from England

Tuesday, February 11: Andy Griffiths, often compared to Crowded House, Boo Hewerdine and Cat Stevens, performs his own brand of ‘thoughtful acoustic pop’, with a folky, jazzy feel.

Thursday, February 13: Offshoots and friends present Caledonian Capers – Scottish folk tunes and a few surprises. Come prepared to join in.

Tuesday, February 18: Singer-Song Writer duo ‘The Little Man’ (Ali Nichols and Andy Jackson) play their uniquely styled ‘new intelligent pop’.

Thursday, February 20: Jon Shaw -  Latin American favourites for Classical Guitar

Tuesday, February 25: Dana Morgan (flute) Michelle Gill (flute) and Antony Clare (piano) - classical music for flute and piano

Thursday, February 27: “JAG” (Gilbert de Gaye & Jack Redfearn) a guitar duo - songs in blues, country, folk and Jazz idioms

Tuesday, March 4: Aquilla Winds  -  includes a world premiere of new work ‘Shades of Summer’ by Anthony Pither and ‘Summer Music’ by Samuel Barber, amongst other works.

Thursday, March 6: Sheila Mosley and Pete Burnham - contemporary folk songs

Tuesday, March 11: Students from Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College with an assortment of solos and ensemble music from a variety of styles and periods in musical history

Thursday, March 13: Pete Jacobs performs a selection of works for solo guitar from Spain and other countries

Tuesday, March 18: Jean Stewart-Smith and Judith Lee - music for two pianos by Liszt, Granados, Milhaud, and John Field : Alexandra Hopewell (soprano) will sing a selection of early Italian arias, some light operatic works and some songs from various well known shows.

Thursday, March 20: Students from the Jazz Piano Course taught by Richard Fairhurst will showcase work in progress.

Tuesday, March 25: Leicester Grammar School Big Band play traditional Jazz Standards and well-known hits

Thursday, March 27: BBC Radio Leicester’s World on Your Street Project has compiled an archive of musicians from Angola to Afghanistan, and Ireland to Iran, who are now all living and playing in Leicestershire. Click now onto to hear their moving stories and listen to music from across the globe. This concert offers a taster of some wonderful world music and gives you an opportunity to find out more about the World on Your Street.

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