Jack of all trades!

Congratulations to this year’s President of the Medway Music Society, Jack McDonnell, who recently won a music prize.

The ceremony, which took place in the University’s Colyer-Fergusson music building on the Canterbury campus, takes place each year to recognise contributions from outstanding students towards the musical life of the University. This year, final-year Music Technology student Jack won the University Music Awards Committe Prize in recognition of his tireless work in promoting music and society activities on the Medway campus.

Jack McDonnell (left) with other prize-winning students and delegates at the award ceremony

Jack McDonnell (left) with other prize-winning students and delegates at the award ceremony

It’s been a great year for music at Medway, and with the new Executive committee in place, the weather looks set fair for more musical endeavours next year! We’ll be chatting with the new Medway Music Society President, Garrick Wareham, later in the week: stay tuned…

Read the story in full here.

WE WON THING AND STUFF – UMSA Activities Awards 2011/2012

Tonight, in the King Charles Hotel, UMSA held its second ever Activities Awards. At this gathering, volunteers and society members received a range of awards for their achievements and hard work for this academic year, including Stand out Certificates and Society awards.

As we had informed you a while ago, the Music Society had received nominations for a number of awards and I’m pleased to let you know that we won in the ‘Society of the Year’ and ‘Most Improved Society’ categories. As well as this, myself and President for this year Mr Sacre picked up individual rewards for ‘Personality of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution’ respectively. 

We greatly appreciate all the nominations and votes we received – we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved so far and are confident that not only will we maintain the standard of our society, but better it next year.

Must also a mention a HUGE congratulations to all of the other volunteers and society members that got involved in any way this year. UMSA has seen a significant growth in campus activities this year and this is expected to further increase in the new academic year.

Once again, thanks and congratulations.

 

Jack

UMSA Society awards!

Music Soc have a lot going on this month and one of our priorities is the UMSA Societies awards, to be held in the prestigious King Charles Hotel, Gillingham on May 16th.

At the ceremony, as well as the distribution of certificates from UMSA to students, there will be the opportunity for societies to distribute their own awards and, low and behold – we have some to give out!

We’ve half a dozen awards to give for categories including best band, best solo act, biggest surprise and most frequent performer as well as a few more treats we’ve got kept up our sleeves – so if you’ve ever performed or even witnessed a music society night, you’re well in with a chance of winning something from us at least.

In light of this, you need your tickets! These are £8 pounds per head, and available from the UMSA Activities office in the Pilkington Building. You’ve until May 9th to purchase one.

So come along for a few drinks and a few laughs – its sure to be a good night.

Music Society Compilation Album 2011/2012

I’m sure you’ve all forgotten, but we’re setting the deadline for you to send your tracks for the music society compilation album as Friday, April 6th (today week).

Get sending to music.society.medway@hotmail.co.uk or you can submit a high quality file on CD by arranging a meet time with exec through the same address.

We’ll be compiling the tracks over the Easter break to have the CD ready for purchase in the new term!

Society Exec Elections are open!

Below are the list of nominees for each of the positions available within the society executive.


Running for President;

Garrick Wareham

I think I would be a good candidate for the role of President/Vice President/Secretary. I show great enthusiasm for the society and have gotten stuck in with all of the events so far. I’ve got loads of ideas, as well as continuing the tradition of Music Society at Coopers on Tuesday, I want to expand to include more organized events that are for everyone and aim to become known for great events that aren’t strictly music related music as well as the awesome music! I would like to see events such as the Musical go ahead and have a ball/large social every term, ambitious, but possible I believe!”

Jack McDonnell

I’d like to nominate myself for the position of president. I feel I have the relevant experience within the society to maintain and expand the smooth running of it. I have a close relationship with a lot of people on campus including members of other societies and UMSA staff which will help in the planning of events. I am friendly, organized, motivational, highly enthusiastic and a good communicator which has proved useful in my involvement with the group to date.”

Running for Vice President/Secretary;

Jimmi Cottam:

“running for Vice Presidency of the Medway Music Society…Go! I could waffle on how I could change everything for a better tomorrow, but where is the fun in that? No; my time would be used to maintain what the society provides; if not improve! After all, the events we have at the moment are pretty popular on campus and to improve them would be difficult but not impossible; the only way is up. With the new president and treasurer, I aim to keep this love of events, music, creativity and performance that members enjoy so much. The Music Society is already brimming with interest from bands, singers, rappers and dancers and of course their fans that come along for a good time which is what it should be about all of the time. I am literally jumping at this opportunity to keep this happening”

Garrick Wareham

I think I would be a good candidate for the role of President/Vice President/Secretary. I show great enthusiasm for the society and have gotten stuck in with all of the events so far. I’ve got loads of ideas, as well as continuing the tradition of Music Society at Coopers on Tuesday, I want to expand to include more organized events that are for everyone and aim to become known for great events that aren’t strictly music related music as well as the awesome music! I would like to see events such as the Musical go ahead and have a ball/large social every term, ambitious, but possible I believe!”

 

Running for Treasurer;

Joe Tinker

I think I would be a good candidate for the role Treasurer the Music Society as I am a committed, friendly and hard working individual, who is also punctual and dedicated to the music society through attendance and support. I am also capable at Mathematics, shown through getting an A at A2 Mathematics, and a B at A2 Economics, and would be prepared to get involved in both the background and foreground of the society, ensuring that the society is economically sound, as well as being run smoothly and successfully.

To vote:

email music.society.medway@hotmail.co.uk with the name of each candidate you would like to see on the exec for next year.

President:

Vice president:

Treasurer:

Votes will be collated and adjudicated by UMSA staff – voting closes 13:30 Monday 26th March.

UMSA Society Awards – a nomination in 6 categories!

As I’m sure you’re aware, the society awards for 2011/2012 are looming and nominations have been rife.

This year has seen a record number of nominations and the Music Society have had nominations in the double figures spanning 6 different categories.

Below the list of nominations, the voting is process is outlined – THIS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW SO WE CAN WIN AS MANY AWARDS AS POSSIBLE!

Here they are;

Best New Society (1 nomination)

“Although I was a little sceptical at first how any new society would be able to make any real kind of impact, I have been proven wrong by MusicSoc. They have managed to achieve a great deal in such a short space of time and have probably been one of the key factors in rejuvenating Coopers as a destination for the evenings. Their first event that I attended – Battle of the Bands – was fantastic, and it was great to see people so eager to spend their evenings on campus again. Now of course they have their own Coopers night and have, I think, given us an example of how a social society can be run so very successfully. Congratulations guys, here’s to another great year.”

Most Improved Society (2 nominations)

“The Music Society have been influential this year. All the events that they have organised have been superb-events that we did not have last year. They have provided a source of entertainment for every student on this campus, and deserve recognition for this. From band nights to open mic nights, to a fabulous new invention dubbed “rockaoke”, the Music Society have shown immense promise and prosperity. Everybody knows who they are, what they do, and when the events are. And the best part-everybody loves them! They are fantastic people, with great attitudes and a “can-do” approach, which is excellent.”

“The Music Society have greatly improved since their formation in September 2010, through regular Tuesday night events and promotion in advance the music society have increased their dedicated following from . Having held the position as biggest society on campus for the majority of 2011/2012, music soc boasts high levels of student interactivity and entertainment. Music Society’s growth from being a small number of enthusiasts to a large number of followers has enabled them to grasp people’s passion for music and channel it through any means they desire. This can be seen in Music Society’s significant contribution to Medway Campus’ first Carol Service, for which a chamber choir performed a repertoire and the string quartet who performed at the Law Society dinner. Both groups now rehearse regularly and are working towards performances at the end of term. Interaction outside the student environment has also grown, with endorsement deals set up including discount rates for society members with Sunlight Studios and Rehearsal Spaces in Gillingham, as well as MidAir Music – a music and accessories store in Chatham.”

Event of the Year – Battle of the Bands (2 nominations)

“I would like to nominate the Battle of the Bands that the music society hosted during every Tuesday of November. It was an amazing experience that allowed a hundreds of students to enjoy the musicians and bands on our campus. Not only did it put Coopers back into profit, Tuesday has from then on become one of Coopers busiest night. Prizes for the winning band were from Coopers, the Sunlight Studio in Gillingham and Midair music in Chatham which included our local community in the festivity and musical culture of our campus. In addition, every night was dedicated in helping a cause. We helped promote the Links Development Community in collecting donations, St John’s Ambulance for donations, we helped Sophie Budge, a nutrition student to get as many signatures as possible for her efforts in the One Campaign and used the final night to collect donations for Cancer Research and managed to raise £120 for the cause. This event encouraged students to create bands on campus which lacked from last year. It therefore stimulated the musical culture of our campus.”

“Spread over four weeks, BOTB had a huge impact on the musical activity of Medway campus. Twelve acts old and new took to the stage and performed for the approval of the judging panel made up of the School of Arts Music Technician, a Sound Engineer from Sunlight Studios Gillingham and . The intention of BOTB was to encourage the formation of musical ensembles and therefore improve the quality and quantity of musical activity around campus. This was achieved to a significant level, having gained us recognition from Heads of Music Daniel Leeson-Harding and Susan Wanless as well as Deputy Vice-Chalcellor of the University of Kent Professor Keith Mander. Whilst improving the quality of music on campus, the regular large turnout to each night (which helped bring a profit back into Coopers) was utilized to raise awareness and funds of charities and charity run societies such as St John’s Ambulance, the Kent Hitch, The One Campaign and Cancer Research – causes that are personal to a lot of people on campus.”

Society of the Year (3 nominations)

I’d love to say dance but the music society are clearly the outstanding society of the year. They have more members than any other, they have put on more shows than any other society and they are only a year old! They are an inspirational society and epitomize what we should all strive to do with our societies.”

“The Music Society have been influential this year. All the events that they have organised have been superb. From band nights to open mic nights, to a fabulous new invention dubbed “rockaoke”, the Music Society have shown immense promise and prosperity. Everybody knows who they are, what they do, and when the events are. And the best part-everybody loves them! They are fantastic people, with great attitudes and a “can-do” approach, which is excellent.”

“They have made a significant improvement from last year from an approximate 18 members, to 73 members this year. They have managed to fund a drum set for the Student Union which will be with the University and the society for a long time facilitating new entertainment to come to the Medway Campus. They have created a great amount of events every Tuesday of this year: from Rockaoke, to band nights, open mics and Battle of the Bands competition. They helped create MedFest for the first year students and have therefore had an important contribution to the progress of this campus. They have helped create sub-groups of music on campus as well such as the strings group and choir. The latter even helped the university put on a carol service in the Saint George’s Church on campus. They collaborate with as many societies as possible to create a community of ambitious and pro-active students and therefore stand as an example of what university life should offer.”

Outstanding Achievement – Ethan Sacre (1 nomination)

“For making everything happen that I have mentioned above. This was the text the nomination is referring to: The music society are clearly the outstanding society of the year. They have more members than any other, they have put on more shows than any other society and they are only a year old! They are an inspirational society and epitomize what we should all strive to do with our societies.”

Personality of the Year – Jack McDonnell (2 nominations)

There are a number of reasons for this – his bright red hair! The fact that he is always the one on the mic at the music society organised evenings. He knows everyone, is willing to help anybody out and work with anyone – a true personality.”

“Personality of the year should go to Jack McDonnell. This student contributes to nearly anything he can. Not only is he a full-time music technology student, he also has helped make the music society an accomplished society that will keep progressing and growing even after he leaves. Jack is an UMSA and university of Kent employee and always keeps a smile on his face. He has help create the events society and has an ever growing imagination for ideas to improve and better the Medway campus experience for all students. His determination has helped make 2012 a very engaging, hopeful and encouraging year for the students of Medway. Vote for Jack Mcdonnell!”

The Voting Process:

Each society are permitted one vote per category and thus, being a democratic society where we respect the views of our members, we would like to hear who you think we should vote to win each category. We will make the full list of society nominations available as a document on our facebook page for you to read. Once you’ve had a think, you have the opportunity to express who you think the whole society should vote for by emailing music.society.medway@hotmail.co.uk

I must stress this again, votes are not per person, but per society – at the end of the day it will be up to the exec of the society to forward the final decisions to UMSA on behalf of everyone but we will take your views into serious consideration. Even if you think we should vote for ourselves in the categories we’re nominated for, make us aware of this! The list of all categories are as follows;

- Best New Society

- Most Improved Society

- Event of the Year

- Society of the Year

- Outstanding Achievement

- Personality of the Year

Voting closes April 2nd.

Just a quick closing note to say thank-you all who nominated us in the first place – even if we don’t win the awards we’ve done unbelievably well to have been nominated – you’re all awesome!

Jack

Vice President/Secretary