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The Cambridge Summer Music Festival brings four new exciting acts to the Botanic Garden’s July Wednesday late night openings this year.
The Botanic Garden will open its gates late on Wednesday evenings throughout July for the Sounds Green series – relaxed, sociable picnic proms in the Garden. Music will begin at 6.15pm, lasting one hour, with the Garden closing at 8pm.
“We are delighted to be hosting a selection of the Festival’s talented musicians at the Garden once again. We love to see groups of families, friends and colleagues relaxing in the Garden at the end of the day and enjoying music surrounded by our wonderful plants.”
Beverley Glover, Director of the Botanic Garden
Further flavour will be added to the music line up with food and drink provided by The Garden Café, serving drinks which will capture the spirit of the music: Pinskster gin with She’Koyokh; real ale with Barokksolistene’s Alehouse Sessions; colourful cocktails with Classico Latino’s music and Real Ale with Imar’s music. Pimms and soft drinks will also be on offer alongside a `summer selection’ of food to include: a BBQ offering homemade burgers, stilton and mushroom burgers, hot dogs; nibbles; antipasti; ice creams and fresh strawberries – all to be served on the Garden’s Main Lawn. Visitors are also welcome to picnic.
The Cambridge Summer Music Festival is the city’s annual festival of classical music offering outstanding musical performances in some of the city’s most spectacular settings.
Normal Garden admission applies and although there is no extra charge to attend Sounds Green, donations are invited to the musicians’ performance fees.
Visitors are encouraged to bring along a small folding chair or cushion to sit on and check the weather forecast to see if a brolly and raincoat may be required for the English summer.
Sounds Green I: She’Koyokh
Wednesday 6 July, 6.15pm
She’Koyokh is hailed as one of the finest klezmer ensembles playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain. They have spent over a decade absorbing the rich folk music traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans.
Sounds Green II: Barokksolistene: The Alehouse Sessions
Wednesday 13 July, 6.15pm
Founded and led by violinist Bjarte Eike, Barokksolistene is a baroque ensemble that “brings the raw rhythms of Scandinavian folk music to the high baroque.” Drawing on their native influences they produce programmes that range from Handel’s operas to their unique, branded Alehouse sessions.
Sounds Green III: Classico Latino
Wednesday 20 July, 6.15pm
Classico Latino combines traditional rhythms and melodies from Latin America with the techniques and sounds of classical music. Their unique and groundbreaking arrangements are performed with verve and virtuosity, creating music with an extraordinary appeal to people from all backgrounds.
Sounds Green IV: Ímar
Wednesday 27 July, 6.15pm
In partnership with Cambridge Folk Festival, Ímar, a new Glasgow-based five-piece band includes an outstanding array of talent. “As soon as we all sat down to play together properly, it just worked,” says bodhrán player Adam Brown (RURA). “We’re going back to the music we started out playing – which is ultimately the reason why we’re all here as musicians.”