“A triumph”, a quartet and a term packed full with fantastic music – TERM 2 BLOG

3rd March 2014


“All in all, a fantastic concert that showcased the amazing talent of the students at this university”,

Were the final words of Rosie Carter’s review from The Tab about the “triumph” of the University of Nottingham Philharmonia’s first concert of the term, kicking off what is going to be a term of brilliant live music.

Along with the lunchtime concerts (free entry) at 1:15 every Tuesday and Friday at the Djanogly Recital Hall, we have two mammoth concerts coming up in the next few weeks by the University Choir and the Universities Sinfonia on the 23rd and 30th of March respectively. With tickets only being £5 for UoN students, this is steal and an ideal opportunity for orchestral music skeptics to give live classical music a go!

With familiar tunes like Rossini’s William Tell Overture, to epic choral pieces (RVW’s Toward the Unknown Region, featuring Viva Voce choir) and a piece composed especially for the Sinfonia and Viva Voce by Nottingham University Alumnus, Ed Denham, it is going to be another demonstration of the great and lively music scene at the UoN!


On the 8th of March The Classics Show are lucky enough to have UoN’s new Fourte String Quartet! They will be coming into the studio on Saturday to record Borodin’s 2nd String Quartet, Beethoven 6th String Quartet and Speak Softly Love from the Godfather. Then they we be sticking around for that night’s show. We’ll be discussing their love of music and what it’s like to be in a quartet. Should be a great show and a fantastic way to exhibit the talent of UoN’s students.


More, I hear you say? Already with 17 concerts taking place on campus this month (that’s 4.25 concerts a week and 8 of those 17 being free entry!), there is far more to come throughout this term.

Including the University Wind Orchestra’s next concert where they will bring the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, with their movie music themed night on the 6th of April. With a selection of Looney Tunes, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park, the 60 talented musicians of the wind orchestra will give you a night of great of music that you cannot afford to miss, and for £5 a ticket, why would you?


“The Hermes Experiment is a newly formed ensemble of four young professional musicians passionate about contemporary and experimental music, and inspired to create something new and unusual.” One of those young professional musicians is Classics Show patriot Oliver Pashley, who I have recorded a second interview with about his experiences’ in London studying for a masters in Performance at the Guildhall in London. We discuss the best ways to get noticed as a performer and how to save money as a student in London. We also talk of his latest solo performance at the Barbican on the night of the premiere of Sir Maxwell Davies’ 10th symphony. We will be hearing that interview soon on an upcoming show.