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Posted Tuesday 17 December 2019
World renowned super producer Tony Visconti has lent his talents to Kingston University's Stylophone Orchestra for a unique rendition of David Bowie's classic Space Oddity, created from recordings of the much loved vintage analogue synthesizer. The session, held at the Music Department's Visconti Studio at the Kingston Hill campus, revealed new layers to the song, 50 years after its original release.
The Stylophone Orchestra, thought to be the first ensemble of its kind in the world, had created a surprisingly rich sound, aided by the studio's impressive acoustics which allowed the analogue tones to resonate in new ways, Visconti said."This version is a bit like Alice in Wonderland falling down the rabbit hole and going to the land of Stylophone where the creatures have a pen with a wire attached," he said. "It was a complex session - to get it right we had to be meticulous. If one person made even the slightest mistake we had to punch in again and, with nine people playing at the same time, you never quite knew what was going to happen."...
Posted Thursday 28 November 2019
Kingston Business School is inviting 50 leaders of microbusinesses to join a management programme that will help them engage with technology to boost their productivity.
Kingston is part of a consortium of business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter for their expertise in supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs who will deliver the Leading to Grow programme, which will be offered at no cost to microbusinesses across England....
Posted Tuesday 19 November 2019
Acclaimed author and playwright Rachel Joyce has enthralled hundreds of students, staff and readers from across the community during talks about her novel, ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry', as part of Kingston University's Big Read initiative.
The author's debut novel - which started life as a BBC Radio 4 play - was selected to be sent out to all first year students and distributed among staff and current students as part of the University's award-winning shared reading scheme, which aims to make new students feel welcome before they arrive and create links between staff, students and the wider community....
Posted Monday 18 November 2019
Kingston University has signed a new three year partnership agreement with Santander Universities, creating more opportunities for students to shine through business internship scholarships, enterprise education schemes and bursaries to support their journey through higher education.
Santander has donated more than £650,000 to the University since the launch of its original partnership in 2012. The relationship focused on enhancing education, employability and entrepreneurship outcomes for students, Director of Santander Universities UK Matt Hutnell said at a celebration event held to mark the signing of the new agreement....
Posted Monday 18 November 2019
Kingston University has joined forces with some of the UK's leading universities in a £50m clean energy deal that will help reduce prices and cut carbon emissions.
Posted Friday 15 November 2019
Ways that new, targeted therapies for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and dementia can be successfully taken from the lab to the clinic have been explored during a Kingston University event that brought together leading researchers and industry experts from across the United Kingdom.
With the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the loss of herd immunity due to dropping vaccination rates and an increase in chronic, long-term conditions due to an ageing population, introducing new drugs and approaches to treatments would be of critical importance to global healthcare going forward, the delegates heard....
Posted Tuesday 12 November 2019
"Forest schools are a growing philosophy. They get children outside, off computers and mobile phones and allow them to reconnect with nature, which helps deal with any anxiety or mental health issues."
Those are the thoughts of Claire Jackson – PGCE primary course lead at Kingston University – on the increasingly popular forest schools programme, an initiative introduced at the leafy Kingston Hill campus....
Posted Friday 1 November 2019
The life, philosophy and late period output of internationally revered singer and composer Scott Walker is set to be examined at a special day-long symposium at Kingston University on 23 November. Walker's long-time producer and collaborator Peter Walsh will speak about their creative collaboration in an on stage interview with music critic Pete Paphides.
The event will include talks and papers by writers and academics including Rob Young of Wire, Eimear McBride and Kingston University's Professor Scott Wilson, author of Scott Walker and the Song of the One-All-Alone. Other elements include a screening of Stephen Kijak's documentary 30th Century Man and an exclusive playback of the score for the ROH2 production of Jean Cocteau's 1932 play ‘Duet for One' on a special surround sound system in the University's Visconti Studio....