What's On

Sat 25 November 2017

Martin Hall


£13 / £10 conc. / £5 students

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The Chamber Ensemble of London - up to 14 string players - is directed by the violinist Peter Fisher, amongst "a handful of the world's finest musicians" as The Times noted following a Royal Albert Hall concert in 2005.

The Ensemble has given dozens of classical concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly and the Purcell Room. For many years it was associated with the Wavendon Festival run by Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, which meant it also played light music and jazz as well as the standard baroque and classical repertoire. Versatile programming, often using special arrangements and new music, has led to engagements with the London Film Museum in County Hall, the Banqueting House and the Victoria & Albert Museum. CEOL has also played for several music societies and at festivals outside London.

The players are handpicked from London's best, and their repertoire spans baroque, classical, romantic and new music.

Peter Fisher plays regularly with Dorothy Linell, lutenist and plucked instrument player, pianist Peter Hewitt and with the Trio Petrus piano trio. Peter has also had very successful partnerships with pianists Alvin Moisey, Michael Dussek and Nadia Lasserson.

Featuring Jacqui Dankworth, storyteller and narrator. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic, seemingly effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui’s unique musical palette also draws on folk, soul, classical, blues, and numerous other influences. Reviewers have described her as “incomparable”, “multi-faceted” and “…one of our finest singers, regardless of category” (Sunday Times). Jacqui has performed and recorded with a diverse array of celebrated musicians, including the Brodsky Quartet, Paloma Faith, and Clare Teale.


Rimsky-Korsakoff: The Young Prince and the Young Princess arr. Kreisler/Fisher

Clive Jenkins: The White Bird, an old Dartmoor Legend

Alan Ridout: Ferdinand the Bull


Saint-Säens: Danse Macabre

Telemann: Don Quixote (Suite)

John Dankworth: Tom Sawyer’s Saturday



From: Wed 29 November 2017
To: Wed 10 January 2018

Martin Hall Exhibition Space




Exhibition open Mondays-Fridays, 10am - 4pm.

The Who Are We? project examines the multiple crises of identity and belonging in Europe and the UK. It was developed by a consortium comprising Counterpoints Arts, Loughborough University, the Open University and Warwick University for the Tate Exchange programme and was shown at the Tate Modern in March 2017. Who Are We? invites us to reflect on questions of cultural identity, belonging, migration and citizenship through arts and audience participation. It critically interrogates the current rise of nationalism and politics of exclusion and asks: can we through visual arts and performance devise glimpses of another ‘we’?

Who Are We? at Loughborough brings three Who Are We? artists whose work was exhibited at the Tate Modern to Loughborough. Gil Mualem-Doron's New Union Flag (NUF) project reimagines the Union Flag to reflect the changing society in which we live. Alketa Xhafa Mripa's Refugees Welcome transforms the inside of a 1970s decked-out truck into a seemingly welcoming area for individuals to share their own experiences and thoughts on 'welcome'. Laura Sorvala's Outside the Box shows acts of solidarity and kindness that individuals have experienced in their everyday lives and have shared with her via social media. 

Interactive sessions in the exhibition space: 30 November 2017, 1-4.30pm 

On 30 November between 1-4.30pm Alketa Xhafa Mripa and Laura Sorvala will be in the exhibition space for an exchange with visitors.

‘Fancy a tea with a refugee’ - Alketa Xhafa Mripa asks you to sit down with her for a conversation on migration, Brexit and attitudes to ‘welcome’. Visitors will be ask to leave their thoughts in a comments book which she will use to develop a contemporary dance piece in January 2018.

Laura Sorvala invites you to join her in creating an illustration that collects and draws acts of solidarity and kindness that individuals have experienced in their everyday lives. Tell your story for Laura to draw, or draw something yourself!

CRCC Symposium Nationalism, Migration and the Arts: 1 December 2017, 11am-4.30pm 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a CRCC symposium on Nationalism, Migration and the Arts on 1 December 2017 in Brockington Building, room u006.

Wed 29 November 2017

CC.001 James France, Loughborough University


Free, Just turn up

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Commissioned as part of this year's (Re)composition programme, Sam Belinfante will give a talk about this work in-development and other recent work.

This session is aimed at Loughbourough University students but open to all.  

Along with filmmaking and photographic work, Sam's practice incorporates curating, sound and performance. Recent exhibitions include This is a Voice at MAAS Sydney and Wellcome Collection, London (2016-17); The Curves of the Needle at BALTIC 39, Newcastle and The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery, both 2015 and the solo show Many Chambers, Many Mouths, Southard Reid, London (2013). He curated and participated in The Voice and The Lens, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, which toured to Whitechapel Gallery as part of Spitalfields Festival in June 2014. Recent performances include Feedback at Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2017) and On the One Hand and the Other at Camden Arts Centre and Supernormal Festival, UK (2016). 

Recently Sam won the Hayward Touring Curatorial Open. His exhibition Listening opened at BALTIC 39 in September 2014 and toured to the Bluecoat, Liverpool; Site Gallery, Sheffield and the Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery; and First Site and Art Exchange, Colchester.    


Wed 29 November 2017

Fennel Street Club, Loughborough LE11 1UQ


Free, Just turn up


Merseybeat. Madchester. Detroit techno. The Loughborough Sound? When thinking about music scenes we often think of major cities. But what role does music play in smaller towns and less celebrated places? Join us for a free event where artists, musicians and academics explore these issues through video, discussion and archival material. This is the first public event in (re)composition, Radar's new series of commissions exploring how place makes music and music makes place.

No booking required. For enquiries please email LUArts@lboro.ac.uk


- A presentation on the Loughborough Records Presents Presence project from 2016.
Part of Radar's THE Award Nominated  Market Town project, this saw a recording studio constructed in an empty shop unit in Loughborough town centre and provided free of charge to local musicians. A short film about the project can be watched here. Presented by Can Altay, Artist and Associate Professor of Architecture, Istanbul Bilgi University and founder of Loughborough Records Presents Presence.

-"Mansfield's Very Own Steve Malkmus": a film-come-YouTube compilation by Paul Rooney (website), comprising a tour of Kurt Cobain's Aberdeen WA bedroom, Nantwich amp-switches, Trenton NJ Fugazi ticket queues, Goths from (near) Abersoch, paens to Skelmersdale new town, John Peel and Richard D James on the boredom of Redruth, and more.

- Sounds From a Small Town: A Conversation
A panel discussion exploring music in and from small towns and peripheral areas. This will be a broad ranging discussion touching on identity, infrastructure, possibilities and limitations. Panellists: Zoe Armour, PhD Candidate, Media Discourse Group, De Montfort University, Leicester; Rebecca Lee, Artist and Musician (website); Robert Miller, musician and teacher, Loughborough

- Live Music
Stick around after the event for live music until 11pm from Robert Miller and members of the Loughborough Acoustic Club.

- Materials from Loughborough University's archive charting rock music in Loughborough will be on display.

Image: Can Altay's Loughborough Records Presents Presence. Photo by Julian Hughes.


Fri 1 December 2017

Loughborough University


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This symposium examines nationalism, migration and belonging in Brexit Britain through conversations and on-going collaborations between academics and artists. It builds on the legacy of the Who are we? project which was launched as part of the Tate Exchange at Tate Modern in London in March 2017.

For more information, please visit the organiser's event page.

Mon 4 December 2017

Cognitos, Loughborough Students Union


Students Free / Non Students £4 on the door

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Welcoming all budding performance poets to the stage to show us what they've got.

Not only will there be a number of open mic slots available for you to show your stuff, this edition also brings two special guests to the stage:

Ben Norris

Ben Norris is a writer, actor, and two-time national poetry slam champion, winning the 2013 UK All-Stars and the 2017 BBC Poetry Slams. He is now a regular at festivals and major venues around the country, from Latitude to the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Ben’s work has been broadcast across BBC radio, his debut short film for Channel 4 was shortlisted for a Royal Television Society Award, and his first solo show, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Family', won the IdeasTap Underbelly Award at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe before touring the UK to huge acclaim, finishing with a sold-out run at the Southbank Centre. It will tour Australia in 2018.


Maria Ferguson

Maria Ferguson is a writer and performer from Essex. She has been a resident artist at Roundhouse and Battersea Centre and is currently part of Soho Theatre's Young Company. She has performed extensively across the UK and at festivals such as Bestival and Latitude. She has been commissioned by Royal Academy of Art and BBC Radio One. Her debut solo show Fat Girls Don't Dance, now published by Oberon Books, has sold out shows across the country as well as at Edinburgh Fringe, where it was met with critical acclaim. (Image credit: Suzi Corker)


There will be opportunities for others to perform their work by signing up to the open-mic slots available. If you wish to take part, please email Isobel Sigley at I.Sigley-15@student.lboro.ac.uk, or Emily White at e.f.white-15@student.lboro.ac.uk

Prior to the event, there will be a workshop with the poets, centred around discussions about poetry, starting at 5:30pm and ending around 6:30pm.

Wed 6 December 2017

Cope Auditorium



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A great start to the festive season!

The University Choir hosts a number of concerts throughout the year and is widely enjoyed by those who attend. The choir is conducted by Eleanor Graff-Baker and is made up of staff members, students and the local community who have a great enthusiasm for singing.

This concert is guaranteed to put you in the mood for Christmas with festive songs and refreshments. 

Eleanor Graff-Baker, conductor of the choir said: “There will be a mixture of choir items, interspersed with some solo pieces. This year we will follow an international theme, with music from all around the world.

“From the Philippines to Dorset, from Korea to Mexico, there is barely a time zone we will not cross; it is probably best to think of it as a musical map of Santa's busiest night of the year.”

Thu 7 December 2017

Cope Auditorium




Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night,Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night out than Karl Heinrich Marx. 

(Certificate 12A)


Mon 12 February 2018

Cognitos, Loughborough Students' Union


£5 / 80p students

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Cognito hosts a very special comedy event.

This one hour show features 3 fantastic stand-ups handpicked by the Leicester Comedy Festival organisers.

Kicking the night off will be the "hilarious to watch" (localsecrets.com) one-liner comic Chris Norton Walker. This gloriously inventive act has been described as "comedy dream" and "a must see for all!" (The Comedy Cavern).

Age guidance: 16+

This event is part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

Book your tickets

£5 or 80p tickets for Loughborough University students - student ID must be presented at the venue with your ticket.

Sat 17 February 2018

Emmanuel Church, Loughborough


£10 / £8 conc. / £5 students

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Martin James Bartlett won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2014. His performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with conductor Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, received overwhelming acclaim from Edinburgh’s Usher Hall audience and from those tuning into the live recording broadcast on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3.

In the same year, Bartlett began his undergraduate studies with Professor Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Foundation Scholar supported by Terry Hitchcock. He also performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms “Last Night” celebrations, which were broadcast live from Belfast on BBC Four and BBC Radio Ulster. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2015 performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eric Whitacre.

In 2016, as part of the Chinese State visit to the UK, Bartlett performed a private concert for the First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan, and other dignitaries. He also recently performed at Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday thanksgiving service, which was broadcast live on BBC One from St. Paul's Cathedral.

In March 2017 Bartlett was announced as one of the thirty competitors at the Van Cliburn Competition.

Martin James Bartlett has performed with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Bartlett has performed in recital and with orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Rooms, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Cheltenham Town Hall. He has also performed internationally in France, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Russia and the USA. He has participated in masterclasses with Sir András Schiff, Lang Lang, Stephen Kovacevich, Kathryn Stott, Peter Donohoe and Ferenc Rados.

Bartlett was awarded the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Schoralship in 2017. Following his success in the BBC Young Musician competition, he received support from the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). He was the recipient of numerous other prizes and awardsduring his time at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and Purcell School.


Scarlatti: Sonata E major K.380

Scarlatti: Sonata B minor K.27

Scarlatti: Sonata G major K. 260

Beethoven: Sonata Op. 109


Rachmaninoff : Prelude in B minor Op. 32 No.10

Rachmaninoff : Prelude in G major Op. 32 No 5

Rachmaninoff : Prelude in G Sharp minor Op. 32 No. 12

Liszt: Sonetto 104 del petrarca

Scriabin : Piano Sonata No.4 in F-sharp major, Op.30

(Image: Kaupo Kikkas)

Thu 22 February 2018

Cope Auditorium



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Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out? 

(Certificate 15)

Mon 26 February 2018

Cognitos, Loughborough Students Union


Students Free / Non Students £4 on the door


Acoustic Night invites a leading singer songwriter to come to Loughborough to perform alongside students from the university. Check out the best new talent in the campus and across the country!

Our headlining act for this Acoustic Night is:

To be confirmed!

Sat 10 March 2018

Martin Hall


£13 / £10 conc. / £5 students


Since the founding of a mixed voice choir in 1972, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading university choirs. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College chapel, the Choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing. Former directors have included John Rutter and Timothy Brown. Under the direction of Graham Ross, Director of Music since 2010, it has been praised for its consistently ‘thrilling’ and ‘outstanding’ performances worldwide. Recent engagements include Fauré’s Requiem with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the world première of Alexander Raskatov’s Green Mass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), and concerts in Notre Dame Cathedral, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Graham Ross is Director of Music of Clare College, Cambridge, and Principal Conductor/co-founder of The Dmitri Ensemble. A composer and conductor of a broad repertoire, he has had works performed throughout Europe and beyond.

Mon 12 March 2018

Cognitos, Loughborough Students Union


Students Free / Non Students £4 on the door


Welcoming all budding performance poets to the stage to show us what they've got.

Not only will there be a number of open mic slots available for you to show your stuff, this edition also brings a special guest to the stage:

To be confirmed!

There will be opportunities for others to perform their work by signing up to the open-mic slots available. If you wish to take part, please email Isobel Sigley at I.Sigley-15@student.lboro.ac.uk, or Emily White at e.f.white-15@student.lboro.ac.uk

Thu 22 March 2018

Cope Auditorium



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Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. 

(Certificate 12A)

Wed 18 April 2018

Martin Hall


£16.50 / £5 students

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Over the course of her remarkable career, Maddy Prior has made it her mission to work with some of the most exceptional musicians in the world – both within Steeleye Span and beyond. To that noted list she has added accordion player, singer and clog dancer Hannah James and multi-instrumentalist Giles Lewin (Bellowhead / Carnival Band), forming a trio that explores the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe. Debut album 3 For Joy took fourteenth century poems, tales of the industrial revolution from Ulster and music from the Southern Baptist Church tradition, while their latest Shortwinger is themed on the wild field, mainly concerned with birds, hares and their place in folk mythology.

The trio will be performing songs from both albums as well as highlights from Maddy’s solo and band career – all presented in a daring acoustic style that enhances one of the finest voices this country has ever produced.

Wed 9 May 2018

Martin Hall


£15 / £10 conc. / £5 students

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Lakin McCarthy presents Robin Ince - Pragmatic Insanity.

Robin is the winner of a Sony Gold and Rose d'Or for the Infinite Monkey Cage and the Time Out Outstanding Contribution to Comedy, as well as The Francis Crick Science Journalism Award and 3 Chortle awards.

Robin's first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see, and why we believe what we believe.

Robin will have just finished a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concludes at Wembley Arena. 

Age 14+

(Image: Timothy Ginn)

Thu 10 May 2018

Cope Auditorium



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The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

(Certificate 12A)

Wed 30 May 2018

Cope Auditorium


£13 / £10 conc. / £5 students


A live screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent masterpiece with a live, specially curated soundtrack.

Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent masterpiece, Battleship Potemkin, is both one of the most influential films in history and one of the most controversial. Despite being hailed as amongst the greatest movies ever made, it has been banned on numerous occasions in countries around the world due to its propagandist convictions and potential to influence political thought.

Originally written as a revolutionary propaganda film, Battleship Potemkin is a dramatic retelling of a notorious mutiny in 1905, when the Potemkin’s crew rebelled against their officers. Eisenstein hoped the film would be given a new soundtrack every 20 years to help retain its relevance for each passing generation.

For this screening, Matthew Trusler (violin) and Ashley Wass (piano) have curated a powerful soundtrack of music by several different composers, many of whom were influenced and affected by the Russian Revolution of 1917. Works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Janacek and Bartok have been selected to complement the film’s narrative, and are skilfully timed to correspond with each change of scene.

The juxtaposition of one of the 20th Century’s most powerful films with a live soundtrack from some of the greatest composers associated with this turbulent era of political upheaval, makes for a truly compelling experience.

Repertoire included in the Potemkin soundtrack:

Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition

Bartok - Out of Doors

Prokofiev - Violin Sonata No. 1

Prokofiev - Violin Sonata No. 2

Janacek - Violin Sonata

Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in E minor

Shostakovich - Prelude and Fugue in D minor




Matthew Trusler

Matthew Trusler has developed a reputation as one of Britain’s leading violinists, performing with many of the world’s great orchestras, and receiving huge critical acclaim for his diverse recordings. Trusler has been invited to perform as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Australia, the USA, Japan and South Africa, with orchestras including the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish and BBC Welsh orchestras, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, CBSO, Halle and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Further afield he has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Hanover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Berlin, Malaysian Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic.

Ashley Wass

Described as an ‘endlessly fascinating artist’, Ashley Wass is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation. Increasingly in demand on the international stage, Ashley has performed at many of the world’s finest concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He has performed as soloist with numerous leading ensembles, including all of the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, CBSO, Bournemouth Symphony and under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky.


Loughborough University Arts

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Loughborough University

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