Being Human festival showcases Humanities Research at Exeter

We’re nearly half way through the wonderful series of events being organised by the Humanities Department of the University of Exeter as part of the national Being Human Festival which is designed to engage the public with Humanities research.

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All the events are free and cover diverse subjects.


Last week I went to see ‘Singing the Past’ ; a fascinating performance given by Dr Freyja Cox Jensen, a researcher in Early Modern History at the University of Exeter.


Along with her brother Dr Oskar Cox Jensen, Research Fellow at King’s she performed a series of ballads from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Ballad sheets were an early way of spreading stories in musical form, ballad sheets being sold in their thousands, on topics such as notorious crimes, famous leaders and lost love.


The performance was given in the recently-refurbished tudor house The Walronds in Cullompton, which helped to create just the right setting for the historical ballads.


If you would like to attend some of the wonderful events still to come as part of the Being Human Festival, check them out on the Arts & Culture website or click on the list here.

 Event Exeter and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra celebrate 50th anniversary

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the Great Hall, University of Exeter

Professor Janice Kay, Provost of the University of Exeter and Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of the BSO signing the partnership agreement

On 22nd January 2015, the 50th anniversary of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO’s) concert season at The Great Hall at the University of Exeter was celebrated with two unique performances.


As well as an evening concert entitled ‘London Town’, featuring music by Elgar, Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams, a brand new free schools concert sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment took place during the day for over 1,300 school children from 20 schools across Devon. Event Exeter, the venue management team at the University marked the occasion by presenting each child with a bespoke musical themed notebook, to use back in the classroom as a reminder of the special event.

The University of Exeter and BSO cemented their relationship by signing a partnership agreement, confirming and celebrating their shared ongoing commitment to delivering world-class symphonic music to people living in the South West of England.


Geoff Pringle, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Exeter said “We are thrilled to be commemorating this remarkable anniversary by strengthening our relationship with the BSO. As one of the largest concert halls in the South West, The Great Hall is the perfect musical venue for people to come and enjoy wonderful performances from one of the best orchestras in the country.”

Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of the BSO said “The future of an Orchestra in the 21st Century is built on strong, positive and collaborative relationships, the signing of a partnership agreement with Exeter University, in the BSO’s 50th year of performing at the Great Hall, Exeter is testament to our shared commitment to delivering world-class symphonic music to people living in the South West of England. The BSO are focused on broadening the reach of the Orchestra with our venues, partners and funders, introducing the power of music to new and diverse audiences.’’

The excellent acoustics, moveable seating and fixed tiered balcony make The Great Hall a perfect venue for classical concerts and choir performances. With a maximum capacity of 1,400 seated and 1,800 standing, the venue also attracts a range of other live musical and theatrical events, as well as providing a great space for gala dinners, conferences and exhibitions.