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Striking Together for Silver

Striking Together for Silver
Cambridge Corn Exchange, The

A stage crammed with percussion instruments from around the world, an auditorium buzzing with excitement and over 100 of the most talented young percussionists from across Cambridgeshire and the Eastern Region. The stage is set for a spectacular and exciting evening of percussion playing.

Following last year’s award winning Striking Together for Bronze, the Striking Together formula develops further to include students from across the Eastern Region.

Students, teachers, community groups and professional performers combine to perform thrilling new arrangements including Striking Together for Silver – a ground-breaking new piece by Mark Aldous commissioned for a 100 piece percussion orchestra including samba and steel pan groups from our local community.

The performers are drawn from a wide spectrum of ability and have been working tirelessly in the run up to this concert to provide a memorable, emotional and engaging performance. Stunning Professional duo
Maraca2 will be performing alongside the students bringing their own expertise and energetic Marimba melodies.

Come and be inspired by talented students, community musicians and professional performers immersed in the fascinating and varied world of percussion.

The Power of Unity & The Magic of Harmonies: Dances of Universal Peace, Cambridge

The Power of Unity & The Magic of Harmonies: Dances of Universal Peace, Cambridge
Friends Meeting House Cambridge

Ralph will lead peace dances with a focus on unity and chanting in unison which can be danced and sung in harmonies or as rounds.
Adding body movements makes it so much easier to learn and sing a melody than just being static...
The dances cover a wide range from slow meditative to high energy dances honouring various spiritual / religious traditions, including partner dances, Sufi zikrs and some of Ralph's own dances. No experience in singing or dancing is required - everyone is welcome. Weather permitting, we hope to dance some dances outside on the round lawn in the sheltered garden adjoining the dance hall.
"If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance." (African saying)

Experience the magic of the Dances of Universal Peace, their gentle uplifting and transformative effect: Singing and dancing are elementary creative expressions of our being. Focusing and using our bodies, hearts and souls, brings our whole being into balance and harmony. The human voice is a gateway to the soul. Forming a circle is a symbol and reminder of us being part of a community. In synchronised movements of the group as one organism, the separated individuality may dissolve into a blissful state of oneness. Singing in harmony with others resonates with all creation: sun, moon and the planets, the elements around us - and the dancing atoms in us.

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"Honouring the Darkness" with Dances of Universal Peace & Ralph

Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph
"Honouring the Darkness" with Dances of Universal Peace & Ralph
Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane

"Paths interwining, shadow and light, all is touched by grace, be not afraid."
We usually focus on the light and it's varioys aspects - today we like to honour the darkness, which is often associated as "negative".
"Only on the path of darkness will you reach dawn" (Khalil Gibran)

You are invited to join us this evening of joyful, light-hearted and uplifting join in singing and dancing in our circle: Dances of Universal Peace. Please bring an open heart.
No experience required - beginners are warmly welcome!

"Just to say thank you for the very insightful DUP session on Saturday. It was truly magical and was received with perfect timing. It was a wonderfully creative and healing experience for me. I would love to explore this theme with the dances further sometime. Thanks again," (Jo, after a themed dance session: "Honouring the Darkness" in London-Islington, November 2010)

Swavesey Venue

Music students outside the new Swavesey venue

    Swavesey Performance Venue is a new high quality performing arts space based at Swavesey Village . . . more>>

    The Grass Root Festival

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    The Grass Root Festival
    Set in a beautiful location just outside of Great Chesterford (between Cambridge & Saffron Walden) The GrassRootsFeastival promises to feed your desires for live and electronic music, wholesome food, community love and laughter, in one huge helping. Featuring a giant communal feast on the Sunday afternoon, it will be a wonderful end to the summer.......... a little something you will remember and talk about for years to come........
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