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Striking Together for Bronze

Striking Together for Bronze
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. The stage is set for a spectacular and exciting evening of percussion playing.

Striking Together for Bronze is the third in a series of percussion only concerts written and conceived by Cambridgeshire Music’s Mark Aldous. Students, teachers, community groups and professional performers combine to perform thrilling new arrangements including the world premiere of Striking Together for Bronze – a ground-breaking new piece 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. Professional duos Maraca2 and Duplicity 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.

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A Day of Yiddish Song with Hilda Bronstein and accompanist Yair Schleider

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A Day of Yiddish Song with Hilda Bronstein and accompanist Yair Schleider
West Road Recital Room

Moving Tone, in partnership with the Jewish Music Institute, SOAS ( is delighted to announce a workshop and masterclass in Yiddish song on Sunday 28 February.

Yiddish, a language of the Jews, has a flavour all of its own. Rooted in Eastern Europe with close ties to the German tongue, it continues to influence the world of music through its living traditions of theatrical, folk and art songs. Its vibrant rhythms and captivating melodies, along with compelling tales of life and love, create song that enraptures the listener.

Song workshop – 10am-12noon
In this song workshop Hilda will teach a number of Yiddish songs, explain their meaning, and discuss how to interpret the songs in performance. The workshop is aimed at the novice learner so no previous knowledge of Yiddish music or language is required.

Song masterclass – 2pm-4pm
This masterclass is for vocalists who wish to enhance their performance skills through the medium of Yiddish song. It is aimed at experienced singers who perform, or teach singing voice.

Leader – Hilda Bronstein (

The day of Yiddish song will be led by Hilda Bronstein. She is one of Europe’s leading interpreters of Yiddish song. She was the winner of the 2008 Mira Rafalowicz Prize for the Best Yiddish Song Interpretation at the Amsterdam International Jewish Music Festival.
She has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Spiro Ark, London. In 2007 she released her first solo CD to great critical acclaim. A lover of Yiddish song since childhood, she trained in voice at the Royal College of Music, London.

Hilda will be joined in both sessions by accompanist Yair Schleider, an experienced performer of Yiddish and Klezmer music.

Booking: 01223-262519 or

West Road Recital Room

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FREE Dances of Universal Peace sessions

Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph
FREE Dances of Universal Peace sessions
Bharat Bhavan Mill Road

Peace Dances @ Mill Road Winter Fair
From midday onwards: home cooked food will be available with tea/coffee and cakes.

From 1pm: FREE Dances of Universal Peace (join-in singing dancing circle) with Ralph
Each dance session will last about 30 minutes and is open to join in for everyone. It will consist of two Dances of Universal Peace.
1pm Hindu dances
1:30pm Christian dances
2pm Jewish dances
2:30pm Muslim / Sufi dances
3pm Goddess dances
4:15pm Buddhist dances
5pm: "Mill Road Community Dance of Universal Peace" with and for all, ending the Winter Fair ("From you I receive, to you I give, together we share, and from this we live.").

Dances of Universal peace with Ralph & Vitalija - a join-in singing dancing circle

Dances of Universal peace with Ralph & Vitalija - a join-in singing dancing circle
Bharat Bhavan Mill Road

"An experience beyond words...
We move and breathe and sing together in a circle, holding hands, like one organism.
Like a cell in the body, remembering being part of something much bigger than the small self.
The separated individuality may dissolve into a blissful state of oneness with the group.
Simultaneous chanting and dancing are fundamental expressions of our creativity,
which gets inspired and stimulated through these Dances of Universal Peace.
The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice:
all chakras get involved or even activated.
A deep, soulful sense of joy may be felt.
Tears may flow, when the soul begins to remember it's deep longing...

The dances can be a bridge to awakening, connecting with the Divine.
Your voice may open up and your breathing can become deeper and free.
All sorts of things may happen during or after the dancing, often on a subtle level.
We usually hug each other. These hugs can be very healing and comforting..."

Cost: £6 (or less, if you can't afford this)

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    Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph - a join-in singing dancing circle

    Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph, July 2009
    Dances of Universal Peace with Ralph - a join-in singing dancing circle
    Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane

    "Oh man, learn to dance, or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you." Saint Augustine)

    We move, breathe and sing together in a circle, holding hands. These dances can be a bridge to awakening, connecting with the Divine - and with each other.

    Led by Ralph & Vitalija, accompanied by drum & gitar.

    "I like your style of leading very much. ... I very much appreciated the variety in the dances you both introduce, and the way the energy is very celebrational, playful and ecstatic at times as well as going into softer meditative places. This helps me get swept up and stay engaged. I also like the concise way you gave a context and meaning for some of the dances, without going on at any length. The inclusive way you are, as both individuals and together gave me a safe and sweet feeling which helped me to leave aside my critical tendencies and to feel embraced by the circle." (Stefan Freedman, international circle dance teacher -, April '09)

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    Cambridge Guitar Ensemble & Club

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    Cambridge Guitar Ensemble & Club
    St James Centre

    7pm - Cambridge Guitar Ensemble: A new group for local guitarists who want to enjoy playing music together.
    For guitarists with at least six months experience - you may have more! Have fun at these informal one-hour ensemble playing sessions. Classical, Spanish or acoustic guitars are required. You need to read from standard music notation. Improve your guitar skills, musical knowledge and understanding. Sheet music can be provided beforehand so you can try it out at home.

    The one-hour sessions run from 7pm to 8pm and cost £5 for adults, and £1 for under 16s who must be accompanied by an adult.

    Followed at 8pm by Cambridge Guitar Club: For everyone who enjoys guitar music, and for local classical and acoustic guitarists, nylon or steel string.

    Come and listen. Bring your guitar if you play. Everone who wishes has the chance to perform for the audience. Beginners are welcome.

    More info on the web at

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