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 .
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 .
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 , 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.