Gig Guide: Week 1

Week 1 is underway, so stop trawling through all those flyers and termsheets and get back to work- The Tab has got the weeks classical and non-classical music all accounted for in this comprehensive guide. JOE BATES and DAVID HOLLAND bring you everything from I Am Kloot to Scwanengesang.

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Yes, lectures, supervisions, seminars … week 1 is underway. What better way to relax and take a break than by seeing some live music?

Sunday 23rd – I Am Kloot – The Junction – £15

This charming Mancunian trio previously chatted to The Tab, and  as a result we have nothing but lovely things to say about them. Their last album was shortlist for the Mercury and they’re known as one of the most interesting and versatile artists to still be relatively ‘low key’ and to produce fantastic videos. See them before they become massive.


Proof – I Am Kloot

Tuesday 25th – Twin Atlantic – The Haymakers – £6

Alternative Scottish rockers come to the intimate Cambridge venue. There new album is due May 2nd and is set to be thoroughly raucous. Expect catchy riffs with clear punk and grunge influences, all with a Scottish-cum-American vocal sound. Interesting.

Thursday 27th – Justin Currie – The Junction – £17.50
Making his name with Del Amitri, the Scottish pop-rockers, Currie has now turned to a solo career. Writing gorgeous electro-acoustic-rock music he is a truly underrated gem. Real emotion and eerie, lingering strings leave you haunted and his Rod Stewert-esque voice is warming and effortlessly cool.

Friday 28th – Fitz Sessions – Fitz bar – FREE
An evening of live music and comedy. Featuring The Staircase Band, Mahabongo, Jon Bailey and Farhan Mannan. A thoroughly pleasant sounding evening starting at 8. Oh, and did I mention the price?

Sunday 30th – The Brothers Ignatius – Clare Jazz – £4
Clare Jazz returns with a first wave ska revival collective who recently supported legendary band The Skatalites, featuring members of Dizzee Rascal’s and Jay-Z’s backing bands, the saxophonist from 2009 Mercury-nominated Led Bib and players of storming sets at Glastonbury and WOMAD.



Monday 24th

7.30pm: The Bach Dynasty: JS Bach’s sons – West Road Concert Hall

Steven Isserlis (cello), Richard Egarr (director & harpsichord) and the Academy of Ancient Music. Works by the sons of JS Bach. Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm.
Tuesday 25th

1.10pm: CUMS lunchtime concert – West Road Concert Hall

Joe Shiner (clarinet), Nina Ashton (bassoon).


Friday 28th

1.10pm: Friday Lunchtime concert – Kettle’s Yard

Stephanie Dyer (trombone), Michael Waldren (piano). Works by Rudland, Britten.

6.30pm: CCMS recital – Christ’s College Chapel

David Roland (organ).

8pm: The Sir Arthur Bliss Song Series – Pembroke College (The Old Library)

Geraldine McGreevy (soprano) and Joseph Middleton (piano). Songs by Brahms and Chabrier, settings of Goethe by Wolf and Poulenc’s Fiançailles pour rire.


Saturday 29th

3.45pm: Cambridge Composer’s Workshop – West Road Concert Hall

Britten Sinfonia performs new works by young composers.

8pm: TCMS concert – Trinity College Chapel

Kate Whitley (piano), Cambridge Symphonic Players, Carlos del Cueto (conductor). Wagner’s Prelude and Liebstod (from Tristan and Isolde) and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1.


Sunday 30th

12 noon: Sunday Coffee Concert – Kettle’s Yard

Aika collective plays Hannah Varty’s Cel for ‘Cello and Dancer and a new commission for two cellos and dancer and Ligeti’s Cello Sonata.

1.15pm: Promenade concert – The Fitzwilliam Museum

Matthew McCombie (piano) plays Chopin and Ravel.

2.30pm: GCMS Sunday Afternoon Concerts – Girton College Chapel

Ewan Stephens (recorder), Madeleine Seale (soprano), Anthony Fort (harpsichord and organ). Works by JS Bach.

7.30pm: Schwanengesang – King’s College Chapel

Richard Lloyd Morgan (baritone), Bill Lloyd (piano) play Schubert’s Schwanengesang.

8.30pm: A Night at the Opera – Selwyn College Hall

Jonathan Barry. Duets and arias from operas including Don Giovanni and La Traviata.


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