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Music & the Creative Economy Masters (MA): Events and lectures

Competitions and events

Events are an integral and exciting part of this course. These include:

  • a start-up weekend at the beginning of the course;
  • taking part in a ‘Hackathon', where you will learn to solve problems creatively in partnership with local charities;
  • field trips to see small and medium-sized businesses;
  • 'Dragons' Den' events where students pitch their ideas to real investors; and
  • 'Celebrate Enterprise' in which student teams demonstrate their innovations and business ideas to the general public.

Students on this course have had visits from a wide range of industry experts including David Cameron's Enterprise Adviser Lord Young.

Extra activities for this course

You will have the chance to get involved with a range of music groups, including:

  • orchestras – including a wind orchestra;
  • a chorus, jazz vocal ensemble and chamber choir;
  • ensembles for wind brass, early music, new music, Afro-contemporary and Djembe;
  • Javanese gamelan;
  • chamber groups;
  • a big band; and
  • many jazz, rock and pop groups.

Find out more about these ensembles from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' website.

Other regular events include:

  • an annual series of concerts at leading local venues featuring Kingston University groups and winners of student competitions in composition, concerto playing and conducting;
  • the chance to participate in events such as the annual Kingston Arts Festival and Kingston Early Music Festival;
  • smaller events such as lunchtime concerts within the University and community venues, such as hospitals and schools;
  • masterclasses and workshops by national and international performers and composers - recent visitors include Robert Taub, Jane Manning, Anthony Payne, Douglas Pipes, George Benjamin, Jack Brymer, Sebastian Bell, Diego Masson and John Wallace; and
  • research seminars - covering issues ranging from musical iconography to examining musical performance.

The vibrant student-run Music society helps manage events as well as organising social activities for students.

The University's Entrepreneurship Centre hosts The Entrepreneurship Experience, which invites experienced entrepreneurs to share their knowledge and insights of entrepreneurial ventures from a variety of industry backgrounds. This series includes a regular focus on entrepreneurs from the creative industries.

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