The Minerva Festival Cambridge

The Minerva Festival is a city-wide celebration of music composed by women and non-binary people.  Now in its second year, it started life as Cambridge Female Composers Festival, founded by a group of students from Cambridge University to highlight the work of women composers.  The Festival’s name change for 2020 reflects both a desire to be more inclusive and a commitment to supporting the musical work of women and non-binary people.

The Minerva Festival Cambridge
Image credit: The Minerva Festival

In a varied programme, the recital series offers several events each week at colleges, churches and Kettle’s Yard, showcasing a broad range of instruments and music styles including musical theatre and jazz at Bar Nights, recorder and viola recitals as well as song.  You’ll find services of Evensong and Compline in beautiful College chapels while King’s College Chapel will host a Sequence of Music and Readings for International Women’s Day.

The Minerva Festival Cambridge
Image credit: The Minerva Festival

There’s a workshop on the use of computer coding and electronics in live performance, talks on female composers and a panel discussion with stakeholders in the Cambridge music scene who’ll look at studying women in music and performance of their work.

The Minerva Festival’s Composition Competition is open to students and recent graduates of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin universities.  Women and non-binary composers are invited to submit a new a cappella choral work.   Shortlisted entries will be workshopped by choral scholars and judged by a panel of leading female composers including Judith Weir and Deborah Pritchard.  The winning composer will receive a cash prize of £100 and their work will be premiered in the International Women’s Day Concert on 8 March.

The Minerva Festival Cambridge
Image credit: The Minerva Festival

This International Women’s Day Concert will also feature a range of works by women and non-binary composers.  Held in the stunning Chapel of Trinity College, with a pre-concert talk at Heffers, proceeds from ticket sales and a retiring collection will go to Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre which offers support to women and girls who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence.  Last year, the Festival raised just over £1600 for this amazing organisation, which is dependent on such donations to keep their essential services running.

The Minerva Festival Cambridge
Image credit: The Minerva Festival

The Minerva Festival runs from 25 January to 9 March.  Details of the full programme are on their website, all events (except the International Women’s Day Concert) are free to attend and everybody is welcome.

http://www.minervafestival.org

FB:  @theminervafestival

http://www.cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk

 

What’s on in Cambridge – January 2020

As I compile this listing, we are in that beautiful lull between Christmas and New Year when you don’t quite know what day it is and meals are a smorgasbord of leftovers from the fridge.  It’ll be time to get fully functional again soon enough and to help us out of hibernation, there’s lots going on in the city as we welcome in a new decade.  I’ll update this listing through the month so do check back sometimes and let me know if you’d like your event to be included.  Happy New Year to all!!

Late afternoon on the River Cam
Late afternoon on the River Cam

4th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturday: Crazy Cone Creations.  Use twigs, paint and wire to make a crazy cone work of art.  Drop in event, no need to book.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

4th    2 – 4pm  Family First Saturday: Marvellous Mythology.  Fun activities and art making.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

6th    7.30pm  An Orthodox Christmas Wassail with Chela and Buska, the Cambridge Georgian choirs.  Jesus College Chapel.  Free entry with retiring collection for Georgian charities.

7 – 11th    Merrily We Roll Along.  Festival Players.  Robinson Theatre, Hills Road.  http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/festivalplayers

11th    5 – 8pm  True Tales for Change.  The Cambridge Commons raises awareness of and tackles inequality in Cambridge.  In collaboration with Pivotal, they have commissioned five local artists and a songwriter to create works inspired by conversations with Cambridge people who have experienced inequality.  Public exhibition continues 12 and 13 January.  The Escape Community Space, The Grafton Centre.  FB True Tales For Change

12th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday. Practical art making workshops, no experience necessary.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

12th    4.30 – 6pm  Free Singing Workshop with Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir, a community vocal group singing jazz, soul, gospel and more.  No auditions, no need to read music as songs are learned by ear.  St Matthew’s Primary School, Norfolk Street, CB2    FB: Free Singing Workshop with the Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir

14th    2 – 4pm  Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Fantastic Fans.  Go behind the scenes with a conservator for a rare opportunity to touch a variety of fans from the collection.  Guide dogs and companions welcome.  Free but booking essential by email to education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk   Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

14th    7.30 – 8.45pm  Going It Alone:  the new breed of writer/independent publisher.  Author Sue Grossey tells us what it’s really like to be your own researcher, writer, designer, editor, publisher and marketing department.  Milton Road Library, Ascham Road.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

14th    7.30 – 9pm  Mackays – the history of a local store.  Talk from Duncan Mackay describing exciting projects and turbulent times for one of Cambridge’s favourite family businesses.  Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street.  http://www.millroadhistorysociety.org.uk

15th    1.15 – 2pm  “To eat or not to eat”: Vegetarianism and veganism in Europe, 1500 – 1800.  A talk with Dr Melissa Calaresu, “Feast & Fast” exhibition co-curator.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

16th    7.30pm (doors and bar from 6.30pm)  January Jazz: Sirkis/Bialas International Qt.  Cambridge University Centre Wine Bar, Granta Place.  http://www.cambridgejazz.org

18th    12 – 4pm  The Eddington ‘Feel Good’ Festival.  Free activities to help you relax and unwind including yoga, meditation, barre ballet, dance sessions, health talks plus a chill out area with free refreshments from Eddie’s Cafe.  Free event, booking essential.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington  http://www.eddington-cambridge.co.uk

18th    1 – 2pm  British Sign Language exhibition and library tour.  Join one of the exhibition curators for a guided tour of The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge exhibition, followed by an introductory tour of the wider University Library.  BSL interpretation provided by the Cambridge Deaf Association.  Free, suitable for all ages, under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.  Booking required by email to hap40@cam.ac.uk  Cambridge University Library, West Road

18th    2 – 5.30pm  Literature Cambridge Study Day on Toni Morrison’s great novel “Beloved” (1987), a powerful account of the traumatic effects of slavery.  Two lectures and a round-table seminar.  Stapleford Granary, CB22 http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk

18th    2pm and 4pm  My Musical Magical Hat.  Family concert for age 5+.  How do you choose which musical instrument to play?  Do you choose it or does it choose you?  Find out as Tim, Ruth and the Cambridge Phil reach into the world of the magical musical hat.  Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

19th    1 – 4pm  Reflections on Homelands/Alternative Symposium.  Reflect on the themes and ideas of Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.  An informal afternoon with introductions to the exhibition and displays, a practical art workshop which will explore the nature of home and displacement plus a conversation to share personal stories and experiences.  Free, all ages.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

21st    2 – 4pm  Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Fantastic Fans.  Go behind the scenes with a conservator for a rare opportunity to touch a variety of fans from the collection.  Guide dogs and companions welcome.  Free but booking essential by email to education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk   Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

25th    10.30am – 4pm  Kettle’s Yard Welcome Day.  Discover your local gallery with a day of mini programme highlights: tours, talks and workshops for those new to Kettle’s Yard.  Also with British Sign Language and audio described introductions.  Free, all ages, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

25th    8pm  Im Abendrot.  Strauss and Mahler.  The Empyrean Ensemble.  Trinity College Chapel.  http://www.adcticketing.com

26th    10.30am – 4pm  Cambridge Vegan Market.  Over 40 stalls selling vegan food, clothes, drinks, cosmetics and more.  Guildhall, Market Square.  http://www.veganmarkets.co.uk/cambridge

26th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Practical art making workshops, no experience necessary.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

26th    7.30pm  Sinfonia of Cambridge with St John’s College School Chamber Choirs.  Respighi, Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

30th    5 – 9pm  LATE: Food, Faith and Wellbeing.  Panel discussion on the role of fasting in religion, talk from Wintercomfort on food and homelessness, poetry reading, 30 minute meditation session and a cacao ceremony.  The Cafe Health and Wellbeing menu includes non-alcoholic drinks and vegan food.  Free, booking required.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

30th    5.30 – 7pm  As is your due: 50th anniversary of women’s admission to the University.  Talk and film recording the 50th anniversary celebration of women’s admission to the University of Cambridge, when in 1998 more than 800 women who matriculated before 1948 returned to Senate House to collect their degrees retrospectively.  Documentary followed by a Q&A with director, Lucy Thane. Booking essential.  Cambridge University Library, West Road  http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk

30th    7.30pm (doors and bar from 6.30pm).  January Jazz: Clovis Nicolas/Steve Fishwick Qt.  Cambridge University Centre Wine Bar, Granta Place.  http://www.cambridgejazz.org

31st    7.30 – 9pm  Zoology Late: Acoustic Spaces/Threatened Places.  A programme of music with University of Cambridge New Music Group.  Booked required.  Museum of Zoology, Downing Street.  http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk

Narcissi from Cambridge Market
Narcissi from Cambridge Market

 

What’s on in Cambridge – November 2019

So November is here, with bright frosty mornings and leaves crunching under our feet.  As ever, there’s loads going on in the city this month.  Do get in touch if you know of an event that I could add in to this listing and don’t forget to check back every now and again as I will update it through the month.

Gourds at Cambridge Market
Gourds at Cambridge Market

1st    7pm  Cinema under the Whale.  A special screening of the Spielberg classic JAWS, in the dark under the skeleton of a 21 metre whale. Plus a short pre-screening talk on threats to sharks and work to protect them.  Museum of Zoology,  Downing Street.  http://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk

2nd    10am – 1pm   Family Saturday – Feed the Birds.  Help the birds in your garden survive the frosty winter nights by making bird feeders to put out in your garden.  Free event.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

2nd    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  Stories from around the world, told, read and sung.  Free, drop in.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Milton Road Library.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

2nd    2 – 4pm  Magic and Mystery Family drop in.  Magic crafts, family tours and story telling.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

2nd    3.30pm  Autumn Concert.  Cambridge Wind Band.  The Ashburton Hall, St Faith’s School, Trumpington Road.  http://www.camwindband.com

2nd    6.30pm  Even You Song.  Director of Music Owain Park with Cambridge Chorale and school choirs against a backdrop of digital projections and new writing.  An immersive work based on Choral Evensong inspired by space travel.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets from http://bit.ly/2YvwxAb

5th    7pm  Firework Display and Bonfire.  Food stalls and fairground open 6 – 10pm.  Midsummer Common.  Free event.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/city-events/bonfire-night

6 – 14th    Cambridge Music Festival.  A programme of classical music with world-class artists, both well known figures and rising stars.  http://www.cambridgemusicfestival.co.uk

6th    7.30pm  Handel Coronation Anthems, Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op 3 No 2 and Organ Concerto in F Major, Op 4 No 4.  Academy of Ancient Music and Choir of King’s College Cambridge.  King’s College Chapel.  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/concerts

8 – 9th  Cambridge Oktoberfest.  German beer, food and music in a tent on Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridge-oktoberfest.co.uk

8th    7.30pm  Mike de Souza Trio.  A vibrant young trio performing new, original music drawing on the sounds of contemporary jazz, Radiohead and Deerhoof.  Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road.  http://www.wegottickets.com/listencambridge

9th    6.30 – 10.30pm  Ceilidh.  Raising funds for Cambridge Street Aid and The Cyriacs,  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

9th    7.30pm  Brahms: German Requiem and Cello Sonata in E minor.  New Cambridge Singers.  Little St Mary’s Church, Trumpington Street.  http://www.newcambridgesingers.org.uk

12th    7.30 – 9pm  Changing Landscapes in Romsey Town.  Talk by John McGill for Mill Road History Society.  Ross Street Community Centre.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk

13 – 24th   Cambridge International Jazz Festival.  Main events, Fringe events (many of which are free), family events, workshops, talks and films at venues around the city.  http://www.cambridgejazzfestival.info

13th    7.15pm  True Stories Told Live.  Local storytellers and a song.  NCI Club, Holland Street.  FB @cambridgetruestories

16th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  Stories from around the world, told, read and sung.  Free, drop in.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Milton Road Library.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

16th    2 – 5.30pm  Literature Cambridge Study Day: Understanding “Hamlet”, with Cambridge scholars Adrian Poole and Fred Parker.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/hamlet

16th  North Pole Cambridge Ice Rink opens.  Skate under a transparent roof.  Funfair,  Alpine Cabin themed bar and stalls.  Closes 5.1.20. Parker’s Piece.  http://www.thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk

16 – 17th  11 am – 5pm  Ink, Paper and Print Illustration Fair.  Screenprints, letterpress, hand-made books, lithographs, linocuts and more.  Free admission.  The Guildhall, Market Square.  http://www.inkpaperandprint.co.uk

16 – 17th  10am – 5pm  A handmade Christmas pottery exhibition and sale.  15+ potters, a wide range of ceramics from rustic to refined, free kids’ craft.  Kiln Cambridge, 61 Ditton Walk, CB5.   FB@kilncambridge

22nd – 8 Dec   11am – 4pm Fri – Sun, 5 – 8pm Weds.  Here and How?  An exhibition of artists from the North West, curated by STOCK Gallery.  Motion Sickness Project Space, Petty Cury.  http://www.motion-sick.wixsite.com

23rd    11am – 5pm  Worth the Weight Vintage Kilo Sale.  Vintage clothing from the 60s – 90s.  £15 per kilo.  St. Paul’s, Hills Road.  FB @worththeweightvintage

23rd    7.30pm  Mozart Requiem.  Trinity Singers.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.

23rd    7.30pm  Dance the Night Away.  Brahms, Khachaturian, Offenbach and more.  A concert in aid of Cambridgeshire Lupus Group.  Cambridge Concert Orchestra.  The Church of St John the Evangelist, Hills Road.  Tickets from http://cco.org.uk or http://www.eventbrite.com or on the door

26th    Feast & Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 – 1800 exhibition opens (running until 26.4.20).  Presents novel approaches to understanding the history and culture of food and eating.  Free entry.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street. http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

28 – 30th    12 noon – 7.30pm Thursday/10am – 6.30pm Friday and Saturday.  Cambridge Made Christmas Fair.  Loads of fabulous hand made goodies from local makers.  Free entry.  St. Andrew’s Baptist Church, St. Andrew’s Street.  FB @CambridgeMade

28th    5 – 9pm  LATE: A Feast for your Senses.  See the new Feast & Fast exhibition, join pop up talks, learn more about Christmas food traditions and book for a special screening of Bright Star, a romantic drama about John Keats.  Christmas shopping, live jazz and seasonal treats in the Cafe.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

30th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  Stories from around the world, told, read and sung.  Free, drop in.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Milton Road Library.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

30th   2pm and 3pm  “Mouse’s Night Before Christmas”.  Award winning author Tracey Corderoy reads from her new book.  Festive craft activity.  Tickets £3 in advance, redeemable against a copy of the book when bought on the day.  Heffers, Trinity Street.  http://www.heffers.co.uk/events

Autumn colour in Trumpington Street Cambridge
Autumn colour on Trumpington Street

What’s on in Cambridge – October 2019

Well here we are, it’s October already and the rhythm of the city is changing again as the students return.  There’s so much happening in Cambridge this month … festivals of film, ideas, craft beer and gin, storytelling, fundraisers for local charities, art exhibitions, Diwali celebrations and lots more.  So do take a look and come back too, as I’ll update this listing through the month.

Autumn colours on Trumpington Street, Cambridge
Autumn colours in Trumpington Street

1 – 12th    8am – 5pm  Illuminating Cambridge Libraries.  Exhibition of Sara Rawlinson’s photographs of College libraries.  Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street, CB2.  http://www.sararawlinson.com

1 – 31st    9am – 5pm weekdays.  Black Cantabs: History Makers.  Photography exhibition celebrating 260 years of Cambridge education for black Cambridge students and graduates from the 1700s to the 21st century.  Fitzwilliam College, Storey’s Way, CB3

3 – 27th    The Cambridge Show.  Painting, photography, performance, sculpture and other media from 22 local artists.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

5th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturdays – Brilliant Bats.  Learn loads of bat facts and enjoy bat themed craft ready for Halloween.  Free event.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

5th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  A family friendly story telling session with stories from around the world told, read and sung.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Free, drop in.  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

5th    11am – 1pm  Toy Swap Shop.  Also books (fiction/children) and clothes swap (women/children).  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.atoyslifeandbeyond.org

5th    2.30pm  Nearly New Sale of pre-loved parent and baby goods.  Sports Centre, Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road.  http://www.nctcambridge.org

7th    7.30 – 9pm  LATE: Gallery Party.  Celebrate the launch of a new season of programming on the theme of Sensual/Virtual.  Music, cash bar and surprises on the night.  Free event.  Fitzwilliam Museum.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

10th    7.30 – 9pm  Miss Jebb revisits Mill Road.  An evening of fact and fiction, drama and poetry as Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children and author of “Cambridge – A Brief Study in Social Questions (1906), takes us for a walk down Mill Road.  Free event.  Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk

12th    10am  2019 Heffers Classics Forum.  A day of talks from some of the top names in the world of Classics.  The Old Library, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

12th    10am – 3pm  The Kenya Youth Project Autumn Fayre.  Stalls, pictures, stationery, handcrafts, nearly new, books, jigsaws, toys, homemade jam and cakes, Kenyan gifts.  Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces.  http://www.kenyayouthproject.org.uk

12th    10.30am – 2.30pm  Nearly New and Used Book Sale.  Milton Road Library, CB4

13th    12 noon – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

13th    1.15 – 2pm  Lunchtime Concert: Works for piano by female composers.  Diana Brekalo presents music by Lily Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Countess Dora Pejacevic.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

13th    7.30pm  Schumann:  Overture – Genoveva, Piano Concerto in A minor, Symphony No 2 in C.  Sinfonia of Cambridge.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.sinfoniaofcambridge.org.uk

14 – 27th  Cambridge Festival of Ideas.  Debates, workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences.  This year’s theme is “Change”.  Free.  http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk

15th    7pm  Fundraiser Evening for Cam Sight.  Dining and music from CBT.  The Three Horseshoes, Madingley.  http://www.camsight.org.uk

16 – 19th    The 2019 Cambridge Greek Play: Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles.  A modern day interpretation, performed in Ancient Greek with English surtitles.  The tradition of performing a play in Greek every three years at Cambridge University goes back to 1882!  Cambridge Arts Theatre, Peas Hill.  http://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

16th    7pm  Cafe Sci Cambridge: The ethics of medical data sharing.  Espresso Library, East Road.  FB  @cafescicambridge

17 – 24th    Cambridge Film Festival.  UK premieres of new features, classic retrospectives, insightful documentaries, short films, discovery titles from the global stage, family favourites and several international film festival winners.  http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk

17 – 20th    Eddington Craft Beer and Gin Festival.  Local craft beers, flavourful gins, live music and food vans.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.eventbrite.com

17th    7pm  Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show.  In aid of Addenbrooke’s Hospital Breast Cancer Appeal.  Grand Arcade.  http://www.cambridgebreastcancerappeal.com

18th    7.30pm  Somersaults.  Propulsive, joyous spontaneous music ranging from swinging free jazz to timbral and textural improvisations.  Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road.  http://www.wegottickets.com/listencambridge

18 – 19th    7.30pm  Dracula Part 1: Jonathan Harker’s Journal with Martin Prest in the haunting and atmospheric one man show adapted from Bram Stoker’s classic novel.  The Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road.  http://www.ThatsMyCueProductions.com

19th    10am – 4pm  Cambridge Photography Show.  For anyone who is passionate about photography and video.  Free entry.  Guildhall, Market Square.  FB Cambridge Photography Show 2019

19th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  A family friendly storytelling session with stories from around the world told, read and sung.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Free, drop in.  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

19th    12 noon – 4pm  WE ARE CAMBRIDGE Family Day.  A fun, interactive day exploring what living in and around Cambridge means to you.  Artist led workshops where you can create artwork inspired by Cambridge, your ideas of home and hopes for the future of the city.  Plus a wildflower seed-bomb workshop inspired by the history and work of Alan Turing.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

19th    2 – 5.30pm  Literature Cambridge Study Day: An Introduction to Reading Poetry.  Do you love poetry and would you like to understand it better?  Accessible lectures and a seminar with leading young Cambridge scholars.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/read-poetry

19th    3 – 4pm  Children’s Event: Author Isabel Thomas unlocks the life of Stephen Hawking with storytelling and activities.  Free event.  Heffers, Trinity Street.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

19th    7.30pm  Locked Opened!  Stories from the underground railroad told by Sheila Arnold.  Unitarian Church Hall, Emmanuel Road.  http://www.cambridgestorytellers.com

19th    7.30pm  Stargaze.  Adams, Prokofiev and Dove.  Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall.  Free pre concert talk at 6.45pm.  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

20th    10am – 4pm  Apple Day.  Apple tasting, identification, cultivation, activities and edibles.  Free Garden seasonal highlight tours, live music, pop up food trucks and craft stalls.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

20th    10.30am – 4pm  Cambridge Vegan Market.  Food stalls, lifestyle brands, luxury cosmetics, ethical clothing, interesting charities and more.  FB Cambridge Vegan Market

20th    1.15 – 2pm  Lunchtime Concert: Music for harpsichord.  Final concert of the complete Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, recital No. 30, performed by Francis Knights.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

20th    7 – 9.45pm  Sakhya Diwali celebrations.  A fundraiser evening of music, Indian food and Bollywood dancing.  All proceeds go to grass-root education and development oriented projects in India.  St Paul’s, Hills Road.  Booking required.  Email tickets.sakhya@gmail.com

20 – 26th    10am – 4pm  Art Exhibition.  Original paintings, drawing, prints and sculptures.  Cambridge Drawing Society.  The Leys School, Fen Causeway.  http://www.cambridgedrawingsociety.org

26th    5 – 9pm  Cambridge Mindful Pub Crawl.  Low and no alcohol drinks at three venues with the first round on Adnams.  Starting at The Castle Inn, Castle Street, CB3.  Tickets from http://www.joinclubsoda.com

27th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

27th    1.15 – 2pm  Lunchtime Concert: Music for piano.  George Harliono performs Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor.  Free. Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

28th    7.45pm  Centenary Lecture: Professor Dame Sally C Davies, Master of Trinity College, on being the UK’s Chief Medical Officer.  Free admission, retiring collection.  Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces.

29th    7pm  Graphene the new wonder material: But will it change the world?  Fundraising lecture from Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, CBE, FREng, FRS Director of Research Dept of Materials Science and Metallurgy.  In aid of Cam Sight.  Dept of Material Sciences and Metallurgy, Charles Babbage Road, CB3.  http://www.camsight.org.uk

Laxtons Superb apples
Fantastic harvest of Laxton’s Superb apples from our tree this year

 

What’s on in Cambridge – August 2019

Summer is here and there’s lots going on in the city this month.  And take a look at my recent posts for details of some great analogue pursuits and events (most of them low cost or free) to keep the kids occupied for a bit.  Happy summer everybody!!

Portugal Place Cambridge
Portugal Place, looking lovely in the sunshine

1st    5.30 – 7.30pm  Wellbeing in Romsey – an evening of Breathwork and Yoga to celebrate Mill Road Summer.  No experience necessary and no need to book.  Outside Tesco Express, 163 Mill Road  http://www.millroadsummer.org/whats-on/

1 – 4th    Cambridge Folk Festival.  Cherry Hinton Hall Park.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival

1 – 24th    Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.  Productions performed in College gardens, in full period costume and with live Elizabethan music.  http://www.cambridgeshakespeare.com

1 – 31st    Summer at the Museums.  Over 140 low cost and free family events in and around Cambridge.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/events/summer

3rd    10am – 1pm  Family Saturday.  The Nightshade Family.  Find out about the Nightshades, one of the most amazing families in the plant kingdom.  Free, drop in.  Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

3rd    2 – 5pm  Come and Sing!  A light, summery programme of song.  All welcome.  St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.  http://www.millroadsummer.org/whats-on/

3rd    7 – 8.15pm  Flute and Guitar Recital.  Charity concert in aid of Romsey Mill, featuring a range of musical styles.  St Philip’s Church, 185 Mill Road.  http://www.millroadsummer.org/whats-on/

4th    9am – 2pm  Mill Road Summer Car Boot Sale.  Gwydir Street Car Park

4th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

6th    7.30pm  Shoot for the Moon.  Improvised comedy night with The Ministry of Unplanned Occurrences.  Pay what you want.  The Blue Moon Pub, Norfolk Street, CB1

7th    7 – 8pm  Hula Hoop Workshop with Penny Farthing.  Free class for all ages and abilities, no need to book.  Outside Tesco Express, 163 Mill Road.  http://www.millroadsummer.org/whats-on/

10th   3 – 5pm  Folk Music and Storytelling by Serendipity Sessions.  Open mic event.  Come and have a go at storytelling, playing, poetry reading or singing.  Turn up at 3pm to book your slot on the day.  St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.  http://www.millroadsummer.org/whats-on/

10th    3 – 8.30pm  RomseyFest!  Music on Mill Road.  An afternoon of busking, bands and dancing.  Outside Tesco Express, 163 Mill Road.  http://www.millroadsummer.org/whats-on/

10th    8pm  Hamlet.  A solo performance by Richard Spaul.  The Leper Chapel, off Newmarket Road.  http://www.insitutheatre.co.uk

10 – 25th    10am – 6pm/5pm on Sundays  Anglian Potters Cambridge Exhibition.  Handmade ceramics from 60+ local potters.  All Saints’ Church, Jesus Lane.  http://www.anglianpotters.org uk

11th    4.30 – 6.30pm  A Journey to the Centre of the Hive.  A fun and educational workshop taking you through the life of the honey bee colony.  Observation hive, blind honey tasting experience, complimentary tea and coffee.  Dulcedo Patisserie, 60 Hills Road.  Online booking at http://www.beesitter.co.uk

15th    9pm  Queers in Shorts.  An evening of queer-themed short films from around the world.  Free event.  Arts Picturehouse Bar, St Andrew’s Street, CB2  https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Arts_Picturehouse_Cambridge

17th    1am – 4pm  Making the most of …..  A reuse and recycle event featuring artists, makers, fashion designers and creatives who work with sustainable media.  Interactive activities and varied shopping opportunities.  Organised by local charities the Children’s Society, Arthur Rank Hospice and Romsey Mill.  St Philip’s Church, 185 Mill Road.  http://www.millroadsummer.org/whats-on/

18th    9am – 2pm  Mill Road Summer Car Boot Sale.  Gwydir Street Car Park

18th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

18th    6.30pm  Meditation Taster Session.  Sample two meditation techniques and mindful breathing.  White Lotus Meditation.  The Bodywise Studio, Gwydir Street, Off Mill Road.  http://www.whitelotusmeditation.co.uk

20th    2 – 6pm  Mill Road Bridges: Meet the Artists.  Join local artists to make art and share stories about Mill Road.  Try your hand at origami, printing and clay work.  St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.  http://www.millroadsummer.org/whats-on/

23 – 26th    Movies on the Meadows.  Open air film screenings in the river meadows at Grantchester.  http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/news/movies-meadows-2019

24 – 26th    11am – 5pm  Drop in drawing.  Drawing activities for all in the gallery spaces.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

24th    7 – 9pm  Soiree with Adam Pounds.  Music, poetry and storytelling, featuring performances of Cajun and other folk styles.  St Philip’s Church, 185 Mill Road.  http://www.millroadsummer.org/whats-on/

25th    3 – 5pm  Jazz and Brass in the Parks.  Caxton Swing.  Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

30th    6pm  Summer Night Market and Open Air Cinema (Early Man/Bohemian Rhapsody).  Free event.  Market Square  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/open-air-cinema-night-market

30th    7 – 10.30pm  Legendary: The Big Fantasy Quiz.  Immerse yourself in the epic worlds of Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Disney and much more.  C3 Centre, 2 Brooks Road.  http://www.millroadsummer.org/whats-on/

31st    5 – 11pm  Wonder at the Museum of Technology.  A festival event with life-living workshops, vegan food, SoBar (alcohol free) drinks and DJs.  Museum of Technology, Cheddars Lane, CB5    https://www.wonderfestival.co.uk/

Punting on the River Cam Cambridge
Messing about on the river

What’s on in Cambridge – July 2019

I love summertime in Cambridge.  The May Balls and graduation ceremonies are done now and as the students leave for the summer, the rhythm of the city seems to change.  There’s plenty going on, as you will see from this listing which I’ll update as the month unfurls.

Tomatoes at Cambridge Market
Tons of tomatoes at Cambridge Market

1 – 14th    Strawberries and Screen.  Live screening of BBC coverage from Wimbledon on a giant LED screen between One The Square and The Tamburlaine Hotel.  100 chairs available.  Bring your own picnic or buy from food vans (mainly available at lunchtimes).  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/lovecambridge

3rd    6.15 – 7.15pm  Sounds Green.  Open air music.  Afro Tema, a danceable mix of Senegalese salsa, furious mbalax, afro-rock and some serious roots reggae style music.  Botanic Garden.  Tickets must be bought in advance online.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

4 – 7th    Independents Week.  Celebrating the independent business community in Cambridge with offers and events.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/independents-week-2019

4th    6 – 7.30pm  Open Mic Night for local musicians and poets.  A celebration of music and the spoken word.  Free admission.  Waterstones, Sidney Street.  http://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/cambridge-sidney-str

5 – 7th    The Big Weekend.  Parker’s Piece.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/city-events/events/big-weekend

6 – 7th    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  Over 350 artists in and around Cambridge open their studio doors to the public.  Fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk  Read more about last year’s Open Studios here

6th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturdays: Drawing Plants.  Free event.  Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

6th    10am – 4pm  Eco Living Festival Cambridge.  Talks, workshops and masterclasses.  Lion Yard Shopping Centre.  http://www.cambridgeecolivingfestival.uk  Read more about Eco Living Festival Cambridge here

6th    2 – 4pm  Family First Saturday.  Activities and art-making on the theme of “caring for our museum”.  Free, drop in event.  Fitzwilliam Museum.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

6th    7.30pm  Charity Concert supporting Cambridge Summit on Homelessness.  Mawson Road Community Orchestra with classical pieces, a cappella from “Sound Scribblers” and traditional music from Greece, Russia, Romania, Macedonia, Scotland and Ireland plus an Auction of Promises.  Tickets on the door.  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road.  http://www.mrco-cambridge.org.uk

8th onwards   Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.  Productions performed in College gardens, in full period costume and with live Elizabethan music.  http://www.cambridgeshakespeare.com  Read more about last year’s Cambridge Shakespeare Festival here

9th    7.30 – 9pm  Talk: Swimming in Cambridge.  Mill Road History Society.  Ross Street Community Centre, CB1.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk/events

10th    6.15 – 7.15pm  Sounds Green.  Open air music.  Martin Kemp’s Organised Chaos.  Swing and jazz standards from 1930s to present.  Botanic Garden.  Tickets must be bought in advance online.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

11th    7.30pm  Alex Hitchcock Quintet.  CUC Wine Bar, Granta Place.  http://www.cambridgejazz.org

13 – 14th    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  Over 350 artists in and around Cambridge open their studio doors to the public.  Fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk  Read more about last year’s Open Studios here

13 – 21st    Cambridge Veg Fest.  A city-wide celebration of local and seasonal vegetables, bringing people together to grow, cook, eat and enjoy delicious veg.  http://www.cambridgesustainablefood.org

13 – 27th    Cambridge Summer Music Festival.  Live classical music, focusing this year on music by women composers and music by – and inspired by – J S Bach.   www.cambridgesummermusic.com

13th    12 – 5pm  Castle Hill Open Day 2019.  Art, music, history, tours, talks and food.  Free event.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/castle-hill-2019

13th    4.30pm (child friendly) and 7.30pm  Music for a summer’s evening.  Fairhaven Singers.  Strawberries and sparkling wine (included in ticket price) will be served on the banks of the Cam during the interval of the evening performance.  Queens’ College Chapel.  http://www.fairhavensingers.org.uk

14th    11am and 2pm  Science on Sundays: Stop and smell the … pollination!  Free, informal 30 minute drop in plant science talk.  Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

15 – 17th    10am – 5pm  Visitor Centre Open Days and Launch of Museum on a Bike.  David Parr House, 184 Gwydir Street.  Facebook: @davidparrhouse  Read more about David Parr House here

17th    6.15 – 7.15pm  Sounds Green.  Open air music.  Truly Medley Deeply.  A hybrid of live band, DJ and jukebox producing a huge sound from Motown classics to stadium rock.  Botanic Garden.  Tickets must be bought in advance online.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

20 – 21st    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  Over 350 artists in and around Cambridge open their studio doors to the public.  Fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk  Read more about last year’s Open Studios here

21st    9am – 2pm  Mill Road Summer Car Boot Sale.  Gwydir Street Car Park.

21st   12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

21st    3 – 5pm  Jazz and Brass in the Parks.  Soham Comrades.  Nightingale Rec.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

24th    6.15 – 7.15pm  Sounds Green.  Open air music.  Noga Ritter.  Singer-songwriter and band performing Afro grooves and jazz.  Botanic Garden.  Tickets must be bought in advance online.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

25th    6pm  Summer Night Market and Open Air Cinema (Incredible 2/The School of Rock).  Market Square.  Free event.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/open-air-cinema-night-market

27 – 28th    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  Over 350 artists in and around Cambridge open their studio doors to the public.  Fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk  Read more about last year’s Open Studios here

31st    6.15 – 7.15pm  Sounds Green.  Open air music.  Singer-pianist Ruth Applin with the Josh Kemp Quartet playing classic jazz, blues and bossa nova.  Botanic Garden.  Tickets must be bought in advance online.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

Sweet peas on my desk
Sweet peas from the garden on my desk

What’s on in Cambridge – June

Well, Summer has arrived here in Cambridge and there’s loads happening in June …. outdoor celebrations as well as indoor activities, many of them free, for those rainy days (hopefully there won’t be too many of those!), lots of music, something for foodies and scientists, in fact something for everybody.  I’ll update this listing as the month unfolds so please do get in touch through my Contact page if you know of an event that I can list here.

Midsummer Common Cambridge
Midsummer Common bathed in sunshine

1st    10am – 1pm  Family Saturdays – Messy Mud.  Get messy with mud, make mud pies and have a go at mud painting.  Free event.  Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

1st    10.30am – 11pm  Strawberry Fair.  Popular volunteer run music and arts event on Midsummer Common.  Free entry.  http://www.strawberry-fair.org.uk

1st    2 – 4pm  Family First Saturday.  Activities and art making on the theme of “dazzling doodles”.  Free, drop in.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

1 – 2nd    12 – 4pm  Drop in drawing activities for all ages and abilities.  Free, no booking required.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

2nd    5.30pm  Songs of Song.  Ancient songs in praise of music, from the British Isles c.600 – 1200.  Two voiced harmonies to harp and lyre.  The Round Church.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

7th    Museum of Technology reopens.  Cheddars Lane.  http://www.museumoftechnology.com  Read more about the Museum of Technology here

8 – 9th    10am – 5pm  Cambridge Town and Country Fair.  Parker’s Piece.  Free entry.  http://www.oakleighfairs.co.uk

8 – 9th    11am – 5pm  Open Garden at 49 New Square, CB1.  Free entry and refreshments.  All proceeds to Red Balloon Learner Centres.

8th    10.30am – 1.30pm  Flower Crown Workshop.  Make your own flower crown.  Includes refreshments, an out-of-hours visit to the House and all materials.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

8th    11am – 5pm  Arbury Carnival.  Procession at 12 noon, leaving from Armitage Way.  http://www.arburycarnival.org

8th    11am – 8pm  Cambridge Pride.  Jesus Green.  Parade starts from Jesus Lock at 11am. FB: Cambridge Pride 2019

8th    1pm  Membra Jesu Nostri.  Buxtehude.  Erasmus Chamber Choir and Ensemble.  St Clement’s Church, Bridge Street.  Free entry, retiring collection.

9th    11am and 2pm  Science on Sundays.  Plant genetics from Mendel to Monsanto.  Free, informal, drop in monthly plant science talk (30 minutes).  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

14th    7.30pm  The Hague String Trio.  Schubert, Beethoven, Krasa and Klein.  The Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College.  Tickets on the door.  http://www.thehaguestringtrio.com

15th    10am – 4pm  Eddington Discovery Day.  Free fun activities and games plus a Soup Disco.  Market Square and Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.eddington-cambridge.co.uk

16th    3 – 5pm  Jazz and Brass in the Parks.  Cambridge Groove Orchestra and Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir.  Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

18th    7.30pm – 10pm  Music: Na-Mara.  Folk duo Na-Mara tell the story of the “Basque Children” through words and music.  Mill Road History Society.  Old School Hall, St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.  http://www.cambridgefolkclub.co.uk

19th    7.30pm  True Stories Told Live.  NCI Club, Holland Street.  FB: @cambridgetruestories  Read more about True Stories Told Live here

20 – 23rd    Wimpole History Festival.  A weekend of history and heritage for the whole family with talks, debates, book signings, performances, historical walking tours, workshops, activities and events.  Wimpole Estate.  http://www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com

21st    6pm  Summer Night Market and Open Air Cinema (Peter Rabbit/Mamma Mia Here We Go Again).  Free event.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/open-air-cinema-night-market

21 – 28th    Chesterton Festival, including Community Fun Day (22nd).  http://www.chestertonfestival.wordpress.com  Read more about last year’s Festival here

22nd    10am – 4.30pm  Zoology Live!  Live animals, hands on activities and expert lightning talks for all ages.  Free, drop in.  Museum of Zoology, Downing Street.  http://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk

22nd    7.30pm  Coronation Anthems.  Handel, Boyce and Blow.  Collegium Laureatum.  West Road Concert Hall.  tickets@collegium.org.uk

23rd     3 – 5pm  Jazz and Brass in the Parks.  Cambridgeshire Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

23rd    6 – 7pm  In Good Company.  Music for a summer evening, with traditional and classical pieces.  The Lucy Cavendish Singers.  Sidney Sussex College Chapel.  All proceeds support the work of Cambridge City Foodbank.  http://www.lucycavendishsingers.org.uk  Read more about Cambridge City Foodbank here

23rd    7.30pm  Singing on the River.  A selection of madrigals, part-song and close-harmony from The King’s Men.  Back Court, King’s College.  Bring a picnic!  Tickets from shop@kings.cam.ac.uk or 01223 769340.  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/concerts-at-kings

24th    7.30pm  A Midsummer’s Day Concert of Georgian Song.  Chela and Buska, the Cambridge Georgian choirs.  Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street.  Free entry with retiring collection.  Tickets from chelatickets@gmail.comhttp://www.georgianchoircambridge.wordpress.com

28 – 30th  Foodies Festival, Parker’s Piece.  http://www.foodiesfestival.com/cambridge

Chestnut tree at King's College Cambridge
The chestnut tree at King’s College is 160 years old!