Confucius Institute Open Day 2018

Confucius Day 2018On Wednesday 10th October the Confucius Institute is holding an open day in the Hartley Suite at Highfield Campus. The event will run from 5pm-7pm and with include Chinese music, cultural workshops and refreshments. There will be a jumble sale at SUSU selling Chinese-style accessories. This event is free – just turn up on the day!

There is more information on the downloadable event poster.

Spanish hip hop artist El Chojín to visit Southampton

El Chojín — one of the biggest names in Spanish hip hop — will be visiting the Music department at Southampton on Thursday 1st December 2016, and speaking about his work from 3-5pm in Room 1077, Building 6 (Nuffield Theatre).

El Chojín is known for both his social critique and for holding the Guinness World Record for the most syllables rapped in one minute. He will be accompanied by Dr Stuart Green, researcher of Spanish hip hop and racism at the University of Leeds. All students and staff welcome!

University of Southampton Voices to perform ‘Requiem in Blue’ this Saturday


A number of staff from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will be participating in the University community choir’s performance of ‘Requiem in Blue’, at St Michael’s Church in Bugle Street, Southampton, this Saturday 25 April 2015. The University of Southampton Voices will perform alongside Cantores Michaelis and Romsey Abbey Primary School. The performance starts at 7.30pm. Read more…

Modern Languages singers participate in University of Southampton Voices performance

University of Southampton Voices performing at St Michael's Church, Southampton
Earlier this month, a number of staff from Modern Languages at Southampton participated with colleagues and students in a performance by the University of Southampton Voices, the University’s community choir, led by Harvey Brough.

A blog post written by choir member Rachel van Besouw gives an account of the experience. Read more…

Are musicians better language learners?

The Guardian has reported on research that has found that children who learn music from a young age find it easier to learn languages. The study, undertaken by researchers at Harvard Medical School, found that children who study music before the age of seven develop bigger vocabularies, a better sense of grammar and a higher verbal IQ.

To read the article in full, visit the Guardian website.

International students invited to sample British history and culture

International students from across the world will be attending an International Summer School at the University of Southampton in 2014. The Summer School will introduce participants to British culture, with classes in English Literature, Film Studies, History and Music, visits to historic places and cities including London and Bath, and organised social events.

Songs of Spanish Exile: concert tonight at the University of Southampton

The University of Southampton Voices, the University’s community choir, will be taking part in a concert tonight given by the internationally-renowned singer, Clara Sanabras, along with Turner Sims Professor of Music, Harvey Brough. The concert will be at 8pm, at the Turner Sims concert hall, on Highfield Campus.

Next TNS Seminar: The Making of Latin American Music: Passion & Subversion

The next TNS seminar will be taking place from 5.00pm-6.30pm on Wednesday 11th December 2013 on the Avenue Campus, Building 65, Room 1145. Professor Carmen Bernand from the Université Paris-X will be speaking about ‘The Making of Latin American Music: Passion & Subversion’. After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session, as well as music and wine. All welcome!

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Southampton – 2 events

The Confucius Institute at the University of Southampton has hosted a reception to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. This festival is the second most important festival in Chinese culture, after Chinese New Year. The festival always falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Moon Festival, as the moon is at its fullest on the 15th day of the lunar calendar…