Alumni Weekend

The Music Faculty are pleased to announce the Alumni Weekend, our first ever event specifically for alumni and friends. Join us Saturday 15 September 2018 for a day of discussion, education and fun.

Tickets, click here:
Full day (including Sansara): £25
Panel Discussion and Workshops: £10 each, FREE for students (email

Proposed Schedule



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Tea and coffee served


Panel Discussion: The Future of Music

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Chaired by Barbican Managing Director, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, panellists from a range of industries discuss music’s place in today’s world.

Eric Clarke, Heather Professor of Music, University of Oxford
51 years ago, in the same year that The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was released, the American music theorist Leonard Meyer, in a book entitled Music, The Arts and Ideas predicted that music had entered a period of ‘dynamic, fluctuating stasis’ in which it would remain for the foreseeable future. Was he right? And whose music are we talking about – Adèle, Adès, or (King Sunny) Adé?

Lydia Connolly, Director, HarrisonParrott
I will talk about the challenges and opportunities around equality, diversity and inclusivity in today’s and tomorrow’s music industry.

Katie Hasler, Assistant Principal, City of London Academy Highbury Grove
I will present the challenges for music education in schools – the effects of ongoing budget cuts in schools, as well as the negative impact of some government rhetoric. On the positive side, music is strengthening its relationship to student wellbeing, and organisations seem to be doing more than ever to engage young people in Music.

Yasmin Hemmings, Learning & Participation Producer, Philharmonia Orchestra
As the most recent to graduate on this panel, I will focus on the ‘next generation’ of people working in the music industry. How can we ensure that young people continue to engage with music (classical in particular), especially when there is less of a focus on the arts within many schools? How might the next generation affect the future of music?


Interactive Workshops

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Under the guidance of an expert, learn more about a facet of music through practical engagement. Email with your choice of workshop (1, 2, 3 or 4).

1. Isabelle Carré, Education Officer, The Bate Collection
Javanese Gamelan Workshop
Seminar Room
Try the Javanese gamelan, an Indonesian percussion orchestra of bronze gongs and metallophones in a hands-on workshop. You will learn to play a traditional Javanese piece, and discover the families of instruments within the gamelan and its cultural context.

2. Duncan Fraser, Founding Director, The Mindful Leadership Foundation
Music and Leadership
Lecture Room A
Duncan Fraser has been developing leaders in music and other sectors for years. This workshop will enable participants to celebrate how their musicianship informs their leadership, using focus, mindfulness and physical intelligence.

3. David Owen Norris, pianist, composer and broadcaster
Historically Informed Performance – Window or Mirror?
Committee Room
David uses his experience to discuss the morality and motives of Finding Out How They Did It.

4. Andy Lamb, Manager, The Bate Collection
Tours of the Bate Collection
Bate Collection
Using examples from the collection, Andy Lamb talks about what we understand about the nature of musical instruments, their classification, and how we use them to understand historical music performance.



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Sansara, Music of the Spires IV

Magdalen College Chapel

“Choral singing with real depth” – The Observer

“Sansara slips easily into the elite ranks of exceptional performers…breathtaking” – Choir & Organ

The award-winning choir Sansara continue their survey of Tudor choral music from Oxford’s libraries in atmospheric surroundings. This may be especially of interest to guests of the Meeting Minds weekend who are staying overnight.

To buy an individual ticket, please click here.