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Studying at University: Southampton Music Department Year 12 Day 2020 Event

Music students
11:00 - 14:00
9 March 2020
Building 67 / Room 1001, University of Southampton, University Road, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please email Ben Oliver at .

Event details

On 9 March 2020 the Music Department at the University of Southampton are delighted to be hosting their second annual day for Year 12 students. The activities will give sixth form students the chance to visit us and experience something of what it might be like to study music at University, including taster sessions with Southampton faculty Ben Oliver, Valeria de Lucca and Drew Crawford, a (free!) lunch and the chance to attend our lunchtime concert in Turner Sims Concert Hall featuring New York based contemporary music ensemble loadbang.


11:00 Welcome and Introduction to Studying Music at University Ben Oliver, Head of Music Building 67 / Room 1001
11:20 Taster Session 1: ‘Snow White: From fairytale to musical’ Valeria de Lucca, Associate Professor in Music Building 67 / Room 1001
11:50 Taster Session 2: ‘The Producer as Composer’ Drew Crawford, Lecturer in Music Building 67 / Room 1001
12:30 Lunch   Turner Sims Foyer
13:00 Concert loadbang  
14:15 Optional Workshop: Composition workshop with loadbang Ensemble loadbang Ensemble  


Dr Valeria De Lucca

Dr Valeria De Lucca teaches music history at the University of Southampton. She loves opera and musical theatre and her teaching and research concentrate mostly on opera production during the seventeenth century (who paid for opera? Who could afford to attend it? What was the role of singers and impresarios in shaping the repertory of an opera house?) and musical theatre, with a particular emphasis on how musicals can lend us insights into questions of race, gender and class.


Dr Drew Crawford

Dr Drew Crawford is a composer, producer, sound designer and songwriter with an international body of work spanning studio recordings and live performances as well as installation & sound design projects.



New York City-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice. Since their founding in 2008, they have been praised as ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, ‘an extra-cool new music group’ and ‘exhilarating’ by the Baltimore Sun, ‘inventive’ by the New York Times and called a 'formidable new-music force' by TimeOutNY. Creating 'a sonic world unlike any other' (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), their unique lung-powered instrumentation has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a repertoire comprising an inclusive picture of composition today.

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