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27 September 2012
A blast of brass, a taste of Indian and a fusion of jazz and soul launch a new season of the popular lunchtime concerts at the University of Kent, sponsored by leading law firm Furley Page.
The concerts in the university’s Gulbenkian Theatre at Canterbury, open on Monday, 8 October with Total Brass, a group of Royal Academy of Music students whose members include past principal players from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.
Furley Page sponsors concerts at the university as part of its community support programme. This is the 11th year of sponsorship.
Second in the series of concerts, on Monday, 12 November, features the music of Jonathan Mayer on sitar and Mitel Purohit on tabla, who provide an authentic Indian sound which is easy on the ear.
Jonathan, the son of the late Indian composer and Indo-Jazz Fusions founder John Mayer, is one of the most versatile sitarists in the world. He studied both Indian and western music and has performed with internationally-known stars such as Sir Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher and Kathryn Tickell.
Mitel is one of the most sought-after tabla players in the UK and has also performed with Sir Paul, as well as The Dhol Foundation and many Indian instrumental and vocal artists.
Third in the series of concerts, on Monday, 3 December, is Sector7, described as “a vocal super group, an exciting septet injecting a new dimension to jazz and soul.” The line-up features four singers and a jazz trio, who perform a wide range of styles, from Gershwin to Stevie Wonder.
Jazz Journal said of Sector7: “Spot-on four-part vocals on top tunes” and the group promise to include seasonal songs to its repertoire, to get the audience in the festive mood.
Furley Page Senior Partner Peter Hawkes said: “Furley Page has a strong tradition of supporting music in Kent and we’re proud to have been associated with the University of Kent’s lunchtime concert series for so many years.”
Concerts start at 1.10pm and admission is free, with a suggested donation of £3. For more information, visit www.kent.ac.uk/music