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Kellaway Concerts

The Kellaway series at St Catharine's College, Cambridge showcases the best instrumental and choral music in the University

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.

The Kellaway Concert Series presents its fifteenth season: a typically eclectic mix of the old and new. In recent years, the series has presented large-scale works such as Mozart's Requiem and Monteverdi's Vespers, and hosted artists ranging from ensembles such as Ensemble Bash and Chamber Domaine, to solo performers such as Robin Tritschler and Malcolm Martineau and organists William Whitehead and Andrew Reid. The series also caters for eclectic musical tastes, regularly hosting world and contemporary music programmes, sound installations and jazz.  

Tickets are free to college members and staff; see individual concert details for ticket price.

Reserve Tickets here.

Kellaway Season: 2019-20


Friday 8 November


Julian Perkins clavichord

Handel's Attick

'[Handel] had found means to get a little clavichord privately convey'd to a room at the top of the house. To this room he constantly stole when the family was asleep. He had made some progress before Music had been prohibited, and by his assiduous practice at the hours of rest, had made such farther advances, as, tho' not attended to at that time, were no slight prognostics of his future greatness.' 
from Memoirs... George Frideric Handel, 1760, by John Mainwaring

This programme gathers together some of the repertoire that inspired the young Handel, including works by Pachelbel, Ebner and Zachow; and offers the perfect introduction to an instrument which, though now generally overlooked, was an essential part of the musical lives of Handel, Bach and many other Baroque masters.

£10/£5 (concs)/£2 (students); free to college members and staff
College Chapel, 6.00 pm lasting one hour

Friday 15 November

NB TIME: 7:00-8:00pm

Gwilym Simcock 'Near and Now' in association with The Cambridge Jazz Festival.

Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a ‘harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions’.

While travelling the world as a member of US jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny's quartet, British pianist Gwilym Simcock used time away from the stage to compose pieces that have become his second solo album, Near and Now (ACT 2019). Each piece is dedicated to a fellow pianist -- Billy Childs, Brad Mehldau, Russell Ferrante, Egberto Gismonte and his first jazz teacher, Les Chisnall. The music has Simcock's signature sound of rich, modern harmony, driving rhythm, and melodic narrative.

This concert will feature some of the music from the new album alongside other original pieces and standards.

"Thrilling rhythmic precision, structural rigour and an ability to express an essentially romantic conception with the full range of pianistic colours and timbres and the result is an extraordinary recital by a major talent."
Chris Ingham, MOJO

"Gwilym Simcock is a stupendous improviser and remarkable musician all round ... left alone with a piano, he creates music which is neither jazz nor classical but simply itself."
Dave Gelly, The Observer

Tickets: £15 /£12 students must be purchased in advance from The Cambridge Jazz Festival box office.
Under-14s should be accompanied by an adult.

Friday 22 November

Ben Carmona guitar

A programme featuring music by Bach, Scarlatti, Piazolla and Barrios.

NB Change of artist and programme

Benjamin Carmona grew up in the historic city of Toulouse, France. Self-taught at first, he made his first public concert at just 9 years old and went on to eventually study with Carlos Bonell and Aniello Desiderio, both world-renowned masters of the instrument. Despite pursuing a career outside music, Ben continued to perform throughout Europe, and win awards in several national and international competitions.


Friday 24 January

Alumnae of St Catharine's

As part of the celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the admission of women to St Catharine's, we present a programme by alumnae of the College.
Details tbc

£10/£5 (concs)/£2 (students); free to college members and staff
College Chapel, 6.00 pm lasting one hour

Friday 7 February

Ensemble Bash

Siwe Bell Music - Traditional Ghanaian, arr. Afadina Atsikpa and ensemblebash
Yaa Yaa Kole - arr. Thomas Sekgura and ensemblebash
Tunnel - Simon Limbrick
New Work - Sarah Angliss
Shining Through - Nick Hayes
Kumpo - Traditional Senegalese Drumming, arr. Paulinus Bozie and ensemblebash

£10/£5 (concs)/£2 (students); free to college members and staff
College Chapel, 6.00 pm lasting one hour

Friday 14 February

Student Showcase

£10/£5 (concs)/£2 (students); free to college members and staff
College Chapel, 6.00 pm lasting one hour

Friday 6 March

Tenor Madness jazz ensemble
St Catharine's College Choir

A unique fusion of jazz and choral music, exploring the historic and contemporary arts of improvisation

£10/£5 (concs)/£2 (students); free to college members and staff
College Chapel, 8.00 pm lasting one hour NB start time

Friday 24 April

The Ramsden Recital
The Choirs of St Catharine's College

College Chapel, 6.00 pm lasting forty-five minutes
Admission free

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Contact details

Director of Music
Dr Edward Wickham
01223 337746