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Sounds Green at Cambridge University Botanic Garden
July 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Garden is delighted to host another year of fantastic open-air music from Cambridge Summer
Music. A celebration of summer and music, Sounds Green takes place every Wednesday evening
in July on the Garden’s Main Lawn. A perfect opportunity to embrace the wonderful sights, sounds
and summer smells with family and friends on a (hopefully) warm and balmy evening. Not to be
Cambridge University Botanic Garden will open its gates late on Wednesday evenings throughout
July for the Sounds Green series – relaxed, sociable, picnic concerts in the Garden. A rug and
optional picnic are all that are required to enjoy an array of music beginning at 6.15pm and lasting
an hour, with the Garden closing at 8pm.
Beverley Glover, Director of the Botanic Garden, says: ‘We are delighted to be hosting Sounds
Green with Cambridge Summer Music once again. It’s a rare and wonderful opportunity to be able
to enjoy the Garden in the evening and we love to see groups of families, friends and colleagues
relaxing in the Garden at the end of the day, listening to music in this spectacular setting in the
heart of Cambridge.”
This year’s line-up of music brings a mixture of traditional folk music from the award-winning
Mentés Másként Ensemble; Celtic Gypsy Klezmer from the Dodo Street Band; Glenn Miller
to Gershwin brass from London’s versatile Westcombe Brass quintet and Afro Brazilian Jazz,
Samba and Bossa Nova from Afrosamba.
The event is suitable for all ages. Visitors are welcome to picnic in the Garden. Food and drink will
also be provided by The Garden Café; bar drinks will also be served by Thirsty and Jack’s Gelato
will be providing home-made ice-creams on the Main Lawn.
Normal Garden admission applies and although there is no extra charge to attend Sounds Green,
donations are invited towards the musicians’ performance fees.
Visitors are encouraged to bring along a rug, 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.
The Cambridge Summer Music Festival is the city’s annual festival of music offering outstanding
musical performances in some of the city’s most spectacular settings.
The Sounds Green Programme 2017 – see also www.botanic.ac.uk
Wednesday 12 July 2017, 6.15pm – Dodo Street Band
Described as ‘the last word in Celtic Gypsy Klezmer’, Dodo Street Band combine fiddle with
accordion, bass and bodhran. We defy you to resist the urge to get up and dance!
Wednesday 19 July 2017, 6.15pm – Westcombe Brass: Glenn Miller and Gershwin
Westcombe Brass are an exciting and versatile brass quintet based in London. Individually the
group are successful young professionals, appearing with most of the major orchestras in this
country; together they are a dynamic quintet able to perform works and arrangements spanning
hundreds of years, in a variety of different styles.
Wednesday 26 July 2017, 6.15pm – Afrosamba
Afrosamba is a Brazilian four-piece encompassing styles such as Afro Brazilian Jazz, Samba and
Bossa Nova. Influences are drawn from João Gilberto’s harmonic complexities, Airto Moreira’s
experimental rhythms and Jorge Ben Jor’s laid back approach.