17/08/14 From Hurdy Gurdy To Ragtime - Lunchtime Concerts

The University of Kent in Canterbury plays host to a truly eclectic mix of artists in a new season of lunchtime concerts this autumn, sponsored once more by Furley Page Solicitors.

Audiences will be foot-tapping to the irresistible rhythms of ragtime and early piano jazz on Wednesday October 8, when Helen Crayford presents her virtuoso one-woman show, Rags to Riches. The show has already taken Helen to the Edinburgh Festival, Italy and New York.

The talented musician is in hot demand by the BBC, as keyboard player in the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers, and her recordings have included English music for flute, oboe and piano.

On Wednesday November 5, three members of the university’s new ensemble-in-residence – Alexandra Reid on violin, Alex Caldon on trumpet, and Matthew King on piano – will be offering a taste of things to come. The programme includes music by Bach, Copland and Eric Ewazen.

There’s something a bit different to close the season with The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments on Wednesday December 3.

The Society was founded in 2010 to explore a repertoire that ranges from folk songs and earthy dances to high art music from the 18th century and before, as well as newly composed pieces. All of the Society’s members are leaders in the fields of historical performance and traditional music, with years of performing and recording experience.

For this performance, Clare Salaman and Benedicte Maurseth explore the common ground between renaissance, baroque and traditional Norwegian music with some rousing Hardanger fiddles, viol d’amore, hurdy gurdy, nykelharpa and medieval Vielle.

Furley Page Senior Partner Peter Hawkes said: “This season’s concerts promise a fantastic and unusual variety of entertainment, all once again providing first-class entertainment that the whole community can enjoy.”

The lunchtime concerts are held in the university’s Colyer-Fergusson Hall, which attracts renowned musicians from around the world thanks to its state-of-the-art facilities. Performances start at 1.10pm. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of £3. For more information, visit www.kent.ac.uk/music. More local news at the Kent newsdesk.