Pop Music Professionals Week!

Performing Arts are hosting a Popular Music Professionals Week next week, and as part of it members of the public are invited to attend two exclusive live concert performances from high profile musicians. Both events are taking place at the University’s Kingsway Buildings in Chester (satnav: CH2 2LB); home to the Faculty of Arts and Media.

Piano Recital by Marie-Louise Taylor – Wednesday March 16, 7.30pm

renowned Pianist Marie-Louise Taylor.

Renowned concert pianist Marie-Louise Taylor will be performing a piano recital featuring music by Debussy, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Gershwin, among other composers.

The evening will also see performances from students. Marie-Louise Taylor studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and has since had a diverse and extensive career as a performer and teacher. Having won a series of prizes for her performances, she has played in solo and chamber music recitals abroad and nationwide, including quintets, trio recitals and a duet with classical guitarist John Mills.

Marie-Louise is rapidly establishing herself a piano teacher with a highly distinctive and successful teaching style. She is currently on the piano teaching staff at the University of Birmingham, the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School, and Chetham’s School of Music.

Electric Guitar Performance by John Wheatcroft – Saturday March 19, 8pm

John Wheatcroft

Tipped as a high energy, captivating evening, the guitar performance will feature John Wheatcroft as virtuoso electric guitarist, with a four piece supporting band of session musicians.

Audiences can expect to hear music focussed more towards the jazz-rock and fusion genres. John Wheatcroft is Head of Guitar at the Guitar-X music school in London. He leads a busy life as a performer as well as an educator and has toured the world with both Carl Palmer (ELP) and John Jorgenson (Elton John/ Helle casters).

John Wheatcroft performing

He has performed alongside artists as diverse as Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Frank Gambale (Chic Corea) and Glen Hughes (Deep Purple). He is a regular contributor to Guitar Techniques, Guitarist and Guitar World (USA) magazines and has just released his first book, Improvising Blues Guitar, via Schott Publishing.

Tickets for both performances are priced at just £5 and can be purchased from Wendy Miller on 01244 515860 or by emailing wendy.miller@chester.ac.uk

Popular Music Professionals Week

The events are part of the Performing Arts Department’s Popular Music Professionals Week, starting on March 14th. The week sees visiting artists run master classes and workshops for students currently studying on the Popular Music undergraduate degree courses at the University of Chester.

Artists taking part in the event include: Ian Matthews, the drummer from British rock band Kasabian; professional vocal coach Louise Ryan who has nurtured young Welsh talent including Charlotte Church and Lucie Jones (X-Factor and Les Miserables).

Students will take part in workshops focussing on technical and performance related aspects of their principal study instrument, including voice, drum kit, piano and guitar. They will engage in performances and receive feedback from the visiting professionals which will then be incorporated into their future learning. Some students will also have the opportunity to perform with the artists, demonstrating the work that they have prepared during the sessions.


With thanks to Alice for help writing this post


~ by wmiller1 on March 11, 2011.

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