University’s new public lecture series opens with acclaimed cellist

The first in a new series of public lectures starting at the University of Chichester will be given by an internationally-acclaimed cellist and teacher.

Laura Ritchie, Professor of Learning and Teaching in music, will be speaking on Friday 18 October about her pioneering methods of unlocking her students’ potential, for which she has been recognised with a UK National Teaching Fellowship.

This free event, which starts at 6pm, is hosted in the University’s Chapel, on its Bishop Otter campus in Chichester, where Professor Ritchie will speak and also perform the Kodaly Cello Sonata.

The University lecturer said: “I believe in pushing the boundaries of learning for my students and myself, and advocate experiential teaching. In this lecture, I will explain the premise of my teaching practice, and encourage audience members to adopt a new perspective for their own learning.”

Professor Ritchie, who leads Chichester’s popular Encore Community Orchestra, trained as a classical cellist at the Royal College of Music in London. She now coordinates the University’s degrees in Music and Teaching and the MA in Performance, while continuing her research into the psychology of music and the impact of students’ self-beliefs on learning and performing.

The lecture will last around 45 minutes and will follow immediately with a 30-minute performance by Professor Ritchie of the Kodaly Sonata for Solo Cello.

Car parking on campus is free after 5pm, and tea and coffee is available from 5.30pm.Tickets are free but should be booked in advance from Any voluntary retiring donations collected will contribute to Laura’s special projects with staff, students, and the community.

For more about Professor Laura Ritchie and her work at the University of Chichester go to

Event details:

Professor Laura Ritchie’s inaugural lecture, Learning out loud
6pm, Friday 18 October
The Chapel, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter campus, PO19 6PE
Free tickets available at

Laura’s blog:

Event Search