Firstly, there will be an 'Art Music' event starting at 1pm at Christ Church, Derry~Londonderry comprising short performances by five musicians and vocalists who are selecting their repertoire for the Concert from the Classical and Traditional musical genres. Later on, at 7:30pm in An Culturlann, Great James St, there will be performances by five ensembles led by our students, which embrace the Rock, Pop and Jazz musical traditions. Each performance will be of twenty minutes duration and shall be presented as part of a Show with music provided at the interval by jazz trumpeter Dr Linley Hamilton and Italian guitarist Julien Colarossi. We will be joined by our special guests on the evening, Moya Brennan, 'The Voice of Clannad', and Micky Bradley, Senior Producer at BBC Radio Foyle and bass player for the Undertones. The entire evening will be presented by BBC Radio Ulster's Lynette Fay, herself a keen advocate of Traditional music.
The main focus of both events is to provide our finest musical performers with an opportunity to prepare their repertoire for the Concert arena, and perform in front of a capacity audience, which will include our special guests and other invited dignitaries from the Music Industry, Broadcasters and Arts organisations. In some cases it will be the pinnacle of their musical careers to date, and in others, it will be the launching pad to greater success in the future, following in the footsteps of previous music graduates, Dr David Lyttle, a MOBO Award nominee and Mark McKnight, one of the foremost Jazz guitarists in Europe.
The Music Department has had an exceptional year, with the Ulster University Choir performing the music of Paul Mealor in the Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall New York, under the baton of Dr James Jordan. We have hosted visiting lectures and masterclasses from internationally acclaimed vocalists and songwriters Foy Vance, Duke Special and Dana Masters, all culminating in performances in the Great Hall, Magee. One of our undergraduates, pianist Scott Flanigan composed a piece, The Masterplan, which was fully orchestrated and performed by him in conjunction with the Ulster Orchestra at City of Derry Jazz Festival and we have a number of ensembles which rehearse weekly on campus including our Large Jazz Ensemble and the Irish Video Games Orchestra.
We have continued to grow our links with industry and have set up a series of annual industry Placements for our 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates with organisations such as the Ulster Orchestra, BBC Radio Ulster, NI Opera, Community Arts Partnership, Moving on Music, Production House and Big Telly. In 2016/17, Ulster University Music and Drama Departments will be partnering the Ulster Orchestra in their delivery of a Performance and Education programme in the North West in which our students will be training school children to perform written and improvised music from 'The Soldier's Tale', by Igor Stravinsky.
All of this contributes to the Music Department's recent success of coming 2nd in the UK annual University National Students' Survey for Student satisfaction.