Music students visit London

As part of our commitment to student experience and of our students’ understanding of music in the public space, several of our Music modules incorporate study field trips.

Last month undergraduates from all years of our BMus Music course and also our MMus Music went on a research visit to London.

The trip included an open rehearsal by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican. Here students carried out ethnographic observations of the structure of the rehearsal, place and social interactions and behaviours of the participants.

It also helped student’s research into music's style and make-up and threw light on the trends evident in early modernism in composition. The knowledge they gained through this experience will be useful material for several of their future assignment tasks. 

The day also included a visit to the Tate Modern, which gave students an opportunity to see at first-hand how modernist principles are evident also in the visual arts: the gallery had on display paintings by Miro and Rothko, among others – important exemplars of non-representational artistic languages and techniques.

Finally, the group split up with choral singers attending Evensong at Westminster Abbey and music educators moving on to a Royal College of Music lecture on music education and social justice – part of the RCM's Music and Ideas series. 

Music lecturer, Chris Foster, who organised the visit told us: “The trip was an overwhelming success: stimulating and fun, and, irrespective of the organised events, a full day enjoyed together in the capital soaking up some awe-inspiring sights and world-famous landmarks. It was for some of the younger students their first trip to London. New friendships were made and ideas shared. A day to remember, a highlight of the year.”

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