What’s on in June

Well, summer has arrived in Cambridge and here’s the what’s on listing for June.  It’s a mix of all sorts of events that come to my attention and I update it through the month so do check back when you can.  And if there’s an event that you’d like me to include, please get in touch through my Contact page.

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A stroll along the towpath to Stourbridge Common

2nd    10.30am – 11pm  Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common.  Free entry.  http://www.strawberry-fair.org.uk

2nd    7.30pm  Ave Verum Corpus, Music for Corpus Christi.  Erasmus Chamber Choir and Ensemble.  Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Hills Road.  Free entry.

2nd    8pm  Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe.  Insitu Theatre.   The Leper Chapel, CB5.  Tickets from http://www.insitutheatre.co.uk or on the door.

4th    Iyengar Yoga Summer Classes with Robert Ashman, running until 30th August at various venues.  http://www.robertashmanyoga.co.uk

4 – 16th    8am – 5pm  The Yellow Brick Road.  A fundraising art exhibition by established and emerging artists on the theme of ‘memory and childhood’.  Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street.  All proceeds to Cambridge Children’s Charity Week.  Free admission.  http://www.camccweek.org

7 – 16th    7.45pm  Cats.  Festival Players.  Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road http://www.festivalplayers.org

9th    10am – 4pm  The Eddington Cycling Festival.  Eddington Market Square, CB3.  http://www.nwcambridge.co.uk

9th    7.30pm  The Academy of Great St Mary’s Orchestra and Choir.  Beethoven, Berkeley and Mozart.  Great St Mary’s Church.  http://www.adcticketing.com

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

9 – 10th    11am – 5pm  Open Garden.  49 New Square.  Free entry.  Proceeds to Red Balloon Learner Centres.

16th    7pm  Music for Africa, Benefit Concert.  London Adventist Chorale.  Queen’s College.  https://bit.ly/M4AConcert

16th    7.30pm  Nelson Mass and St Ursula Mass.  Collegium Laureatum.  West Road Concert Hall.  tickets@collegium.org.uk

16th    8pm  Summer in the City.  Prime Brass.  Great St Mary’s Church.  http://www.adcticketing.com

17th    4pm  Summer Concert in aid of Camtrust.  Mozart, Britten, Boyce, Finzi, Hess and Tchaikovsky.  The Medlock Ensemble.  St Andrew’s Church, Histon.  http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/medlockensemble

18 – 30th    8am – 5pm Newnham Art Group Summer Exhibition “Seasons”.  Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street.  Free admission.

22 – 29th  Chesterton Festival.  http://www.chestertonfestival.wordpress.com

22 – 24th  Wimpole History Festival.  Wimpole Estate.  http://www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com

22nd    6.30 – 10pm  Summer Night Market and outdoor cinema, screening “Moana” and “Dirty Dancing”.  Market Square  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events

23rd    Cambridge Summer Music Festival, running until 25th July at multiple venues across the city.  http://www.cambridgesummermusic.com

23rd    10.30am  Walk a Mile for Child Refugees.  March in solidarity with children searching for a safe haven.  Parker’s Piece.  Followed by a Great Get Together at Emmanuel United Reformed Church.  http://www.sosuk

23rd    7.30pm  Songs for Refugees.  Strummers.  CB2, Norfolk Street.  All proceeds to Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group.  http://www.strummers.org

25th    8pm  Choir of Clare College and La Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris.  Martin, Britten, Elgar and Tippett.  Clare College Chapel.  http://www.adcticketing.org

26th    11am – 2.30pm  Midsummer Music and Lunch in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Coffee, recital, finger buffet lunch.  Freemasons Hall, Bateman Street.  Tickets from theahunter@aol.com

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Fragrant elderflowers at Jesus College

 

Artsfest 2018

Artsfest 2018 returns to St Paul’s Church on Hills Road from 26 – 31 March, celebrating creativity and culture with events and activities for all ages throughout the week, based around the theme of “Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained”.

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The Festival has been organised by Martin and Julia Evans with Kip and Jane Gresham.  They’re building on the foundations of the very successful inaugural Artsfest held in 2016 and they firmly believe that people can flourish when they have the chance to be creative.

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There’s a packed schedule through the week, whether you want to be hands on or prefer to watch and listen.  Daytime workshops for adults include printmaking, creative writing, drawing and painting and there’s a daily after school art workshop for children while a drop in embroidery group will stitch through each day.  Anyone can share in the daily lunchtime and evening meals; indeed, the cafe is at the heart of the Festival, offering a place for everyone to meet, talk and share experiences.

A range of talks includes print maker Kip Gresham who will look at the way artists make their work and Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury and now Master of Magdalene College, who will explore the theme of hope and loss through poetry.

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Evening events include a performance from local performing arts college Bodywork Company Cambridge, a jazz concert and the world premiere of an opera based on John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” with leading counter tenor Lawrence Zazzo.  On the final day of the Festival, there’ll be a Scratch “Messiah” in which everybody is welcome to take part, whether as a singer, an orchestra musician or an audience member.

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St Paul’s is an Anglican church and community centre.  Its motto is “All are welcome, all are safe” and its doors are open every day to welcome everybody, whether they have a faith or not.  “We want to bring people together,” Martin tells me, “and we believe that in creating a positive community we can help to combat the loneliness felt by so many.”  Around two thousand people use the building each week, either to attend the daily service, to join in with one of the many classes (think yoga, lindy hop, salsa and more) or simply to sit quietly in the foyer.

You’ll find full details of all the Artsfest 2018 events on their website.  Most workshops and all the exhibitions, talks and lunchtime concerts are free, although voluntary donations are always welcome.  Evening events cost £7.50 per head.  For logistical purposes, workshop places need to be booked in advance through the website.  Finally, please email juliaevans51@hotmail.co.uk if you’d like to get involved as a volunteer and help to run this wonderful celebration of culture and creativity.

http://www.stpaulsartsfest.org

http://www.stpaulscambridge.org.uk/

Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP

 

What’s On in January

So here’s the first what’s on listing for the year.  I’ll update this through the month so do check back every so often and if you know about an event that could be listed, please get in touch via my Contact page.

Just to remind you that if you want a final skating session at The North Pole on Parker’s Piece, be quick as it shuts on 8th January.  And if you haven’t made it to the Degas exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum yet, get there soon as it closes on 14th January – details at http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

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The railings at All Saints Passage

6th    Camyoga Open Day (also 13th and 20th).  Free taster sessions at three locations. http://www.camyoga.co.uk

8th    Life Drawing Class.  Various days and times.  Buchan Street Centre, CB4 http://www.cambridgelifedrawing.co.uk

9th – 13th    7.45pm Company.  Festival Players.  http://www.adctheatre.com

11th    7pm Introduction to pen, pencil and ink drawing class.  5 weeks.  Barton Pavilion. http://www.made-in-ely.com

12th    10.45am South African Writing: Poetry, Prose, Theatre. 9 weeks. St Andrew’s Baptist Church, CB2.  http://www.wea-eastern.org.uk

12th – 13th    7.30pm Bring It On, The Musical.  Mumford Theatre.  http://www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre

13th    2pm and 4pm Tim and Tom’s Symphonic Adventure.  Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cam-phil.org.uk

13th    6pm King’s Voices.  Evensong for the choir’s 20th anniversary.  King’s College.  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/kings-voices-anniversary-evensong.html

13th    7.30pm Cambridge Graduate Orchestra.  Handel, Strauss and Rossini.  Corpus Christi Chapel.  http://www.cambridgegraduateorchestra.com

16th    7.30pm The King’s Singers with the Choir of King’s College.  50th Anniversary Gala Concert.  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/concerts

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The view from my pew in King’s College Chapel on Christmas Day

16th – 20th    7.45pm Much Ado About Nothing.  Cambridge University European Theatre Group.  http://www.adctheatre.com

17th – 20th    7.30pm Sweeney Todd.  Cambridge Operatic Society.  http://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

19th    5.30pm Migration 2018: Black and British Migration.  Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue.  http://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/lectures

19th    8pm Bringing It All Back Home, Flavors of American Music.  The Portland Arms, CB4.  http://www.cambridgeamericana.com

20th    7.30pm Sinfonia of Cambridge.  Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Dvorak.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.sinfoniaofcambridge.org.uk

26th    5.30pm Migration 2018: Immigration and Freedom.  Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue.  http://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/lectures

28th    2pm Reading Great Expectations.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk

28th    7.30pm Sampson Orchestra.  Romance and Revolution:  Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Khachaturian.  In aid of Camsight.  West Road Concert Hall.  Tickets from sally.n@camsight.org.uk

 

 

Stem + Glory

Louise Palmer-Masterton is a powerhouse!  She has founded and is running two highly successful businesses in the city and she’s fizzing with energy and ideas.  I met Louise in Stem + Glory, her new vegan cafe in King Street.

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Louise tells me that she enjoys food and cooking and has herself been vegan for many years.  Camyoga, the yoga business that she started in 2003, took off straight away and over fourteen years has grown into a multi studio enterprise offering not only yoga classes but workshops and teacher training courses too.  Having opened a small cafe, really just for the yoga clients, Louise began to develop ideas for a larger vegan cafe and when a site became available at Mitchams Corner in 2016, she successfully crowdfunded the project to open a cafe and yoga studio there.  The cafe was open to the public from the start, offering fast, fresh and healthy plant-based food to eat in or take out through the day and vegan fine dining in the evenings.

When the opportunity came to open a city centre vegan cafe at the old Afternoon Tease premises in King Street earlier this year, Louise didn’t waste any time.  She again crowdfunded successfully to refurbish and refit both sites.  Mitchams Corner is now a table service restaurant at lunch and dinner.  The new King Street cafe, staffed by the existing Afternoon Tease team, is the place for fast healthy eating and it’s been buzzing since it opened its doors in November.

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If you’re eating in, you can pile your plate from a selection of hot dishes and salads for £9.  If you’re on the go, you can do the same but put it in a box (small, medium or large) to take away.  Wraps are always available along with cakes, coffee, tea, soft drinks and shakes.  There’s a small breakfast menu at the moment but that will be expanding soon and a brunch menu is on the way.

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My daughter and I grabbed a table on a busy Saturday and we were eating the colourful food with our eyes before it got anywhere near our mouths!  Pumpkin tagine was aromatic while the earthy warmth of a beetroot and horseradish pie with mushroom was perfectly complemented by a fluffy mashed potato topping.  Spicy bulghur wheat salad came speckled with herbs and mixed seeds, carrot and fennel salad was fresh and crunchy while the cauliflower and rocket salad was drizzled with a silky tahini dressing.  There’ll be a different style of menu each week so there’s always something new and delicious on offer.

Louise’s success with Camyoga and Stem + Glory has been recognised with two awards this year – the Cambridge Business Excellence Awards Small Business of the Year and Best Newcomer at the Cambridge Food and Drink Awards.  And I can’t wait to see what Louise does next ….. she has big plans for Stem + Glory in 2018 so watch this space!

http://www.stemandglory.uk

13 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LH