Kellaway Concerts

The Kellaway Concert Series at St Catharine's offers a diverse range of music, from folk and jazz to historical and contemporary classical.

The Kellaway Concert Series have been made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of the late Donald Kellaway, a Fellow of St Catharine’s College. The series showcases the best instrumental and choral music in the University and also brings to the College professional musicians to coach and collaborate with students. 

All concerts take place in Chapel and last one hour. Concerts will also be live-streamed and available for a period after the performance, by agreement with the artists.


20222023 SEASON: Dates for the Diary

Friday 18 November, 6.00 pm & 8.00 pm

Two jazz recitals in association with the Cambridge Jazz Festival


6 pm: Martin Klein Duo
Mattan Klein flute
Itai Simhovich piano

"Mattan's quintet music is flowing, bright and listener friendly, his flute sound is clear, crispy and melodic, and the Israeli-Brazilian mix is the ultimate contemporary Jazz sound, spiced with warm unique flute sounds. Mattan Klein's virtuoso improvisation lifts Jazz-flute playing to new heights." - Yossi Harsonsky, Senior Music Critic, Maariv

8 pm: Ashley Henry piano

​Following the success of 26-year-old Ashley Henry’s Easter EP, genre-blurring UK pianist returns in force with his Debut album Beautiful Vinyl Hunter. Having recently embarked on world tours with Loyle Carner and Christine & The Queens, Henry has a rapidly growing international profile.

“My music is a straight-up reflection of who I am; London in all its mixed-up glory. The immigrant in me has musical roots traced back to the 1940’s, so it’s important my music reflects that jazz narrative across different genres and generations”.

Gilles Peterson "just incredible"
​Clash Magazine "A triumph in every sense"
Evening Standard "The ultimate piano player"

Admission Free to College members and staff (reservation required; one recital only per person)
Tickets (£12 + booking fee) can otherwise be purchased from the Cambridge Jazz Festival: Martin Klein Duo & Ashley Henry

Wednesday 25 January, 6.00 pm 

Burns Night Concert: 'Full of the Highland Humours'
Ensemble Hesperi 

Concert in association with Cambridge Early Music 

To celebrate the immortal memory of Robert Burns, Ensemble Hesperi presents a programme of Scottish eighteenth-century music from their debut CD with EM Records. Throughout the eighteenth century, Scottish music and musicians travelled far and wide, and by Burns' day, there was a craze for Scots songs and reeling across Scotland and England. Londoners were always first in the queue for the latest Scottish music, and the first printed collection of Scots Tunes, which incorporated the tag-line "Full of the Highland Humours", was published in London rather than Scotland. This Burns Night, Hesperi celebrates the success that Scottish music enjoyed beyond Scottish borders, spurred on by several “expat” Scottish composers who lived and thrived there. Highlights include include floral "Airs for the Seasons" and a Sonata on Scots Tunes by James Oswald, who also compiled a "Caledonian Pocket Companion", later owned and much admired by Robert Burns; a sonata by the eccentric Scottish aristocrat and fiddler, Thomas Erskine, sixth Earl of Kellie, and raucous variations on Scots tunes by Scottish composer and publisher Robert Bremner. 

Admission Free to College members (reservation required)
Tickets can otherwise be purchased through Cambridge Early Music.

Friday 10 February, 6.00 pm 

A recital showcasing performers from St Catharine's

Admission Free

Friday 10 March, 7.30 pm NB time

St Catharine's Choir in a recital to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of the great hymn-writer (and St Catharine's alumnus) J.B. Dykes.

Admission Free 

Monday 20 March, 6.00 pm NB time

The Lost Words: in song 

St Catharine's College Girls' Choir
June Rippon piano

Concert in association with Cambridge Festival 

The first UK performance of James Burton's exuberant song cycle, with words from Robert Macfarlane's best-selling anthology. 
The performance will include readings and projected illustrations from the book.

Admission Free to College members (reservation required)
Tickets (£5 & £2) can otherwise be purchased from Eventbrite

Tuesday 21 March, 7.00 pm NB time

Adrian Butterfield violin
Silas Wollston harpsichord

A Concert for Bach's Birthday: Violin Sonatas

A selection of Bach’s masterful violin sonatas performed on Bach’s birthday by two sympathetic and gifted interpreters of his music, violinist Adrian Butterfield and harpsichordist Silas Wollston. Full of imagination, intricate detail and sublime beauty, these works are also innovative in their exploration of texture and their placing of the harpsichord on an equal footing with the violin.

The concert includes the following sonatas: 
B minor BWV 1014, 
E major BWV 1016,
E minor BWV 1023 and
G major BWV 1019 (with the ‘Aria’ as the third movement 3).

Admission Free to College members (reservation required)
Tickets (£15 & £5) can otherwise be purchased from Cambridge Early Music.


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Contact details

Director of Music
Dr Edward Wickham
01223 337746