CENTENARY celebrations at MMU’s Crewe campus got underway in style with hundreds of people visiting to help celebrate 100 years of education at the site.
A particular highlight of the first day was the unveiling of postgraduate student Adam Shilton’s new composition, Through The Pink Mist, inspired by his time spent serving as a soldier in Iraq and based on the memoirs of Eugene B Sledge, a US Marine who had served during World War Two.
The piece was played by the Co-Op Funeralcare Band North West, who also performed Peter Graham’s ‘Gaelforce’ and ‘Shine as the Light’, Edward Gregson’s ‘Laudate Dominum’ and Paul Lovatt Cooper’s ‘Home of Legends’.
Children from Sir William Stanier School took part in a taster day at the Exercise and Sport Science department, while Professor Allen Fisher discussed “The Poetics of Entanglement”, Nancy Reilly performed a series of monologues and musician Paul Rogers revealed a new installation using discarded sound recording devices spanning the last century.
Tim Anderson performed his new “duet for solo artist”, Jabb Mafoh on Stage, and John Deeney, principal lecturer in drama at MMU Cheshire, chaired a debate on ideas around the contemporary in relation to artistic practices.
The campus is marking 100 years since Crewe College of Education opened its doors on the site. The celebrations continue all week, culminating in an afternoon tea party for alumni on Friday.
Carola Boehm, Chair of the Centenary Committee, said: “MMU in Cheshire is celebrating 100 years of excellence in education on the Crewe campus, and we are both commemorating our past and looking into the future."
Photographs from all the events will be available to view via Flickr.
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