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Chichester leads way for cabaret as University launches new training course for future stars

CHICHESTER is set to become the UK’s top location for cabaret after the city’s University launched several new courses to train future musicians and stars of the stage.

Undergraduate degrees in Music and Cabaret alongside Jazz and Cabaret Performance have opened specifically for instrumentalists – with the backing of the renowned Syd Lawrence Orchestra. The courses build on the University of Chichester’s already popular Musical Theatre and Cabaret Performance degrees which were launched last year.

Will Allenby, Senior lecturer and Programme Leader for Cabaret from the University’s Conservatoire, said: “Our Cabaret programmes have already proved a hit with performers who are coming from across the UK and abroad to learn skills that will help them forge careers on stage, cruise ships, and in holiday resorts worldwide. The latest degrees as designed with instrumentalists in mind and will create greater opportunities for jobs in light music, theatre pit work, and jazz bands, supported by the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.”

The famed ensemble, which has been active across the UK and Europe for more than 50 years, is renowned for its big band swing and classic dance music. Its new partnership with the University of Chichester’s Conservatoire will see cabaret students learn about the industry from its professional musicians and back-stage crew in regular lectures, with the possibility of collaborating in live concerts.

Syd Lawrence Orchestra musicians will be teaching on the courses to give students more opportunities in the industry

Its musical director Chris Dean said: "I am truly delighted with the new collaboration between the University of Chichester Conservatoire Cabaret Performance Programme and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. I look forward to working with the instrumental cabaret students over the coming years.”

Senior lecturer Will Allenby added: “The Syd Lawrence Orchestra have an enviable reputation in the UK and abroad and I am delighted it has chosen to collaboration with our Cabaret programme. Chris Dean’s depth of knowledge and experience at the very top of the profession as both a principal trombonist and musical director will give the students a wonderful opportunity to learn first-hand about all aspects of this demanding profession.”

The announcement of the new partnership Syd Lawrence partnership caps a successful month for the University, which was named a UK top-30 institution by the Guardian University Guide 2021.

For more about studying on the new cabaret degree courses at the University of Chichester at www.chi.ac.uk/conservatoire. Or find out more on the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and its new partnership with the University at www.syd-lawrence-orchestra.com.