When it comes to making the most of a sunny day, we Brits are world champions. At the first break of cloud cover we’re out, shorts on, Pimm’s in hand, ready to kick back in the nearest park. Fortunately Cambridge has more than its fair share of green spaces, and the joy of spending a few hours on Jesus Green, Christ’s Pieces or Cherry Hinton Hall park gets even better this month thanks to Summer in the City.
On selected Sundays from June through to September, Summer in the City will be hosting Jazz and Brass in the Parks, offering the perfect opportunity to relax while listening to live music performed by local ensembles. The events are absolutely free – just turn up, bring a picnic and enjoy! On 8 June, mosey on down to Jesus Green where Caxton Swing will be performing a range of swingin’ jazz, old and new.
Cherry Hinton dwellers can enjoy the City of Cambridge Brass Band on 22 June over at Cherry Hinton Hall, then head back to Jesus Green for Opus 17 Swing Band on 29 June to enjoy some popular 1940s, 50s and 60s arrangements. Later, see the Lakenheath Silver Band at Cherry Hinton Hall (17 August), Jazz Beens at Jesus Green (24 August), Waterbeach Brass at Christ’s Pieces (31 August) and CSD Brass at Cherry Hinton Hall, the final offering in the series on 7 September.
Neil Jones, business and marketing manager for Cambridge City Council, says: “Over the years Jazz and Brass in the Parks has established itself as a well-loved feature of summer in Cambridge. It’s a perfect way for people to enjoy the beauty of the city’s historic open spaces, which this year also includes music on Christ’s Pieces. Listening to the sound of a brass band in the park on a summer’s day with a picnic is such a relaxing, seasonal tradition, and Cambridge City Council is delighted to be able to continue this lovely series of concerts.”
So, make the most of the sunshine and your city this summer. Bands will play 3-5pm at each event, and did we mention they’re all free?