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Thursday 10 September 2015

The Fender Bass

Southampton Solent University’s Professor Pete Wilson, Course Leader in Popular Music Performance, is exploring the development of the bass guitar over its sixty-year history in a lecture at the University’s Conference Centre on 15 September.

‘The Fender bass… it changed everything’ will look at the instrument’s development and how it evolved from early rock ’n’ roll to bass guitar concertos and from plodding support act to technical and sonic mastery, alongside changes in music, education and technology.

Delivered as part of the University’s tenth anniversary professorial lecture series, the talk will take place on Tuesday 15 September at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

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Professorial lectures offer the chance to hear from a range of high-profile professors who present an interesting and accessible insight into the contribution they have made to their field.

Professor Pete Wilson has balanced an academic career with playing bass guitar in a variety of pop and classical settings for the past twenty-five years.

He studied at Trinity College (London) and gained a First Class BA (Hons) in Music from University of York, followed by a DPhil on Charles Ives researched at Yale University (USA) in 1994. In 1989 he became a founder member of both The Steve Martland Band (Factory Records) and Icebreaker, and went on to play for Ensemble Modern with John Adams, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, American Composers Orchestra (Carnegie Hall) and in several BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall).

He has commissioned and performed a bass guitar concerto by composer Colin Riley and has played bass for dance companies that include The Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Random Dance and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. Pop credits include Brian Eno, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Melanie C, Rufus Wainwright, and Sir Paul McCartney. Pete has also recently featured on the soundtrack for feature-film London Road, released in cinemas June 2015.

Note registration for this event closes at midnight on 13 September.