By Jack Graysmark, English undergraduate and member of the School of the Arts Student Press Team:
A wealth of musical talent has been on display at the University of Liverpool recently, courtesy of the Lunchtime Concert Series.
The performances, organised by the School of Music, take place every Wednesday at 1pm on campus. They are never more than an hour in length, and present audiences with a diverse range of professional acts, from folk bands to string quartets and jazz ensembles.
Each recital is free and open to all, and even the most devoted attendees are likely to find something they have not experienced before.
Recent performances have included The Weave, featuring some of Liverpool’s most talented jazz musicians, and Tempest, an award-winning flute trio who first met at the Royal Northern College of Music. The origins of the types of music performed have stretched far beyond Britain – earlier in the year the series played host to the Kudos Percussion Duo and Bangalore Dreams, an act performing contemporary Indian music.
Andrew Graley and Matthew Fiber have been helping to organise the series as part of their work experience module within the School of the Arts. Andrew explained how they’ve been getting on: “The Lunchtime Concert Series has been going for a while, so we were aware of it in first and second year. We started organising it in August, and it was like being thrown in at the deep end! That said, it has been a highly rewarding experience.”
Matthew added: “The placement has been great for helping us to develop our time management and communication skills. There is so much that goes into it, from booking the acts to promoting the concerts – it has been wonderful to be part of organising an event like this.
“The unique selling point of series is that it is free and anyone can attend. It is not just for seasoned professionals, and everyone is bound to find something new and exciting. There is something for everyone.”
There is still time to catch a performance before the Lunchtime Concert Series comes to a close. The next show features celebrated pianist William Green, performing in the Eleanor Theatre in the Eleanor Rathbone building on Wednesday, 2 April. You can find more information about the events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.facebook.com/groups/UoLwednesdayconcerts.
By Jack Graysmark