‘The Professors’ is the brainchild of Alan Kirkpatrick who formed a concept band in 2010. Concept became reality when Kirkpatrick got together with other academics in Bournemouth University who also loved playing music: Paul Cheetham, Stephen Copp and Wei-Jun Liang. The Professors play music that crosses many genres including progressive rock, folk and jazz with some influences from classical music. The founding members of the band actually played and ‘jammed’ for many years together before starting to ‘gig’ in live BU events such as the Festival of Learning (2016), the VC Awards (2017), a recital and storytelling event for the Department of Music (2018) plus the SUBU Christmas Fair.
Alan Kirkpatrick (Faculty of Management): Lead guitar and backing vocals
Paul Cheetham (Faculty of Science and Technology): Bass guitar and backing vocals
Stephen Copp (Faculty of Media and Communications): Lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Wei-Jun Liang (Faculty of Science and Technology): Violin