Arun Silva founded Silva Media in 2013 to provide services in IT, website design, social media, music performance, event recording, photography and film making; bringing together his interests in media and music. Arun is a second year undergraduate studying Music at the University of Kent. He is a classically trained organist and singer performing with the University of Kent choirs (Medway) and at external concerts. Arun plays for church events as a stand in organist and enjoys collaborating musically with others. He is a performer, a film maker, sound technologist and freelance IT/web consultant.
Arun completed his secondary education at Charterhouse School (Godalming); where he was placed on the Music Scholar's programme training in voice, piano and organ. Arun has performed in the UK and abroad with the Concert, Chapel and Chamber Choirs of Charterhouse touring in Prague and Italy, singing at several historic and beautiful venues including St Marks Cathedral, Venice.
At Charterhouse, he discovered a fascination for pipe organs playing regularly on the school's historic Harrison and Harrison organ for school events and services. He trained with Mark Blatchly (Organ) and David Sheringham (Countertenor) and became the first Captain of the Belfry playing the historic Carillon Bells at Charterhouse daily with the Carillon Society. He trained younger students on the Carillon and also played for several visitors and special school events. His contributions in the area of organ and carillon music and the recording of Cultural Events including the Artifex Arts Festivals in 2015 & 2016 earned him a Greyhound Award from Charterhouse - given to those students who make outstanding contributions to the school. Arun was also awarded Culture Colours and served as Culture Monitor during his final year.
University & Awards At the University of Kent, Arun is involved in student activities on the Medway campus as the President of Music Society, Secretary of Students at Medway (SAM), course rep and student ambassador for the university and the new Centre for Music & Audio Technology. He sings with the University Choir (on occasion singing 3 parts - bass, tenor and alto), a smaller chamber choir and organises musical events for students bands and external artists. In his spare time, Arun works on the Events Team for Kent Hospitality providing sound technology support, social media management and event planning. He also works for GK Unions providing expertise on audio tech for events at the Deep End student hub.
Arun is working to organise a Music Festival and promote creative talent at Medway. His contributions to university life have earned him 3 student award nominations: - Kent Student Award for outstanding contributions to arts and culture 2017 - SMFA recognition award for contributions to the course and department 2017 - Kent Student Award for outstanding contributions to university life 2018
He was awarded Volunteer of the Month (GK Unions) Nov 2017 for musical and student community contributions.
Silva Media Via Silva Media Arun has produced video recordings for professional musicians, recorded with others, filmed and edited cultural events and interviews including an interview with Eddie the Eagle and a commissioned biographical documentary. He is a video blogger with a channel on YouTube: SilverDJX Productions where he posts videos of music performances and over 200 vlogs on university life. He is also a University blogger.
Recent performances include a charity Organ & Voice recital in aid of the Eikon Charity and an organ performance at the Cathedral in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has also given a public recital in Sri Lanka (2014) where he hopes to continue his musical involvement. Arun is keen to collaborate on musical projects and develop enthusiasm for organ amongst young performers through teaching and mentoring.
Arun has filmed and produced videos for events including:
Charterhouse Artifex (Arts Festival) 2015 and 2016 covering over fifty culture events
Video coverage of school, university and other client events
Film editing and production of a biographical documentary
Short film competition entry
Musical concert recording for charity Voices Beyond Divisions
Freelance videography and sound recording for individual clients
More information on musical projects and performance at arunsilva.com