Department of Music

Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research (NottFAR)

The Department of Music is excited to announce the launch of Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research (NottFAR), a new concert and events series curated by Dr Elizabeth Kelly and Dr Xenia Pestova, starting in November 2016. The forum will feature performers and composers on the staff at the University of Nottingham alongside acclaimed guests from around the UK and abroad.


Upcoming events

Xenia Pestova, piano: GOTHIC

8 December, 5pm, Djanogly Recital Hall (free entry but book your ticket here

NottFAR presents: Xenia Pestova, piano: “GOTHIC”

Pianist and University of Nottingham Director of Performance Xenia Pestova presents a varied and exciting solo programme of timeless classics and contemporary works. Music by Bach, Debussy and Scarlatti is juxtaposed with new pieces by living composers in a sparkling mosaic of styles and influences, showing us connections between past and present.

Music by Patricia Alessandrini, J.S. Bach, Ed Bennett, Leo Chadburn, Debussy, Richard Emsley, Heather Hindman, Annea Lockwood, Scarlatti and Arlene Sierra.

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Previous Events

Spring 2017


Wednesday 1 March, 9:30pm
Tabla and Keyboards - Royal Concert Hall, £4 fee
Shawn Mativetsky (tabla) and Xenia Pestova (keyboards)
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Friday 24 March, 5pm
SCAW Duo and Cuillin Sound - Djanogly Recital Hall
Dana Morgan (flute), Sarah Watts (clarinet), Laurence Perkins (bassoon), Antony Clare (piano)

Tuesday 4 April, 5pm
Simon Paterson Portrait Concert - Djanogly Recital Hall
Simon Paterson (bass), Matt Ratcliffe (piano), Ian Beestin (drums), Pete Beardsworth (saxophone)

Friday 26 May, 1:15pm

Re-composing the city: New scores for silent films - Djanogly Recital Hall

Programme for Re-composing the city
 1:15-1:45pm Mervyn Cooke (Music, The University of Nottingham) introduces the 'City Symphony'
 1:45-2:55pm Screening of Dziga Vertov's innovative 'City Symphony' Man with a Movie Camera with new scores by students in the Composing for Words, Theatre and Moving Image module
 3:15-3:45pm Polly McMichael (Russian and Slavonic Studies, The University of Nottingham) discusses Dziga Vertov's depiction of entertainment in the capitalist city in A Sixth Part of the World
 3:45-4:45pm Screening of Dziga Vertov's A Sixth Part of the World, with new student scores
 4:45-5:30pm Keynote address by Ed Hughes (composer, Sussex University) on his score to a new silent film Brighton: Symphony of a City (Lizzie Thynne, 2016), including excerpts from the film


Admission: free unless stated otherwise

Download the NottFAR poster (pdf)

Autumn semester 2016
Friday 11 November 5pm, Djanogly Recital Hall Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research launched its inaugural concert series with a concert of music by Music Department Composer Elizabeth Kelly, featuring performers Sabine Wuethrich, soprano, Daniel Kramer, piano, Xenia Pestova, piano, Simon Paterson, double bass
Tuesday 22 November 4:30pm, Arts Centre Lecture Theatre (A30) Colloquium: Pianist Peter Hill discussed Messiaen’s birdsong piano works
Wednesday 23 November 1:15pm, Djanogly Recital Hall

Peter Hill, piano
Messiaen Messiaen 1949–61 (Ile de feu 1, Le Traquet stapazin, La Chouette hulotte, L’Alouette lulu, La Fauvette Passerinette)

Tuesday 5 December 4:30pm, Arts Centre Lecture Theatre (A30) Colloquium: Composer Ed Bennett talked about his music
Friday 9 December 5pm, Djanogly Recital Hall "Out of Nowhere" and other piano works by composer Ed Bennett, performed by Xenia Pestova, piano and Ed Bennett, electronics


Department of Music

The University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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