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New uni commissions brass fanfare

The new work will be performed by Jubilate Brass

A new brass fanfare to be performed at graduation ceremonies has been composed for a university established in 2008.

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA), which has campuses in Kent and Surrey, commissioned Edward Gregson to compose the piece.

The three-minute processional is entitled Music for an Occasion and marks the award of a university title by the Privy Council last year.

A UCA spokesperson said the fanfare would add to the "sense of occasion".

It now has more than 6,000 students from 70 countries at campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester.

'Fitting end'

The new work will be performed by Jubilate Brass during the UCA graduation ceremonies at Guildford Cathedral and venues in Kent in June and July.

UCA Vice-Chancellor Professor Elaine Thomas said: "Creativity is at the heart of everything we do and the performances of the fanfare will provide a fitting end to our first year as a university."

Mr Gregson's other recent commissions include orchestral works for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic orchestras.

UCA was formed from Surrey Institute of Art and Design, University College and the Kent Institute of Art and Design and has campuses in Epsom and Farnham in Surrey, and Canterbury, Maidstone and Rochester in Kent.

Its alumni include Turner Prize nominee Tracey Emin, TV presenter and artist Tony Hart, Oscar winner director Suzie Templeton, and fashion designers Karen Millen and Zandra Rhodes.

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